In March we continue with the wave of buzz and talent pouring out of Bristol with Waifs & Strays, otherwise know as Amos Nelson and Rich Beanland to their Mums.
Waifs & Strays are Amos Nelson and Rich Beanland. A duo born out of diverse musical backgrounds but brought together by a love of house music, pure and simple.
A decade in house music has seen Amos promote and DJ at some of Bristol’s most influential parties, including the infamous superclub, Scream and holding residencies at some of dance music’s most influential parties including The Rock in Bristol and the legendary Escape in Swansea.
Rich took a different path, first cutting his teeth in the world of jungle and drum ‘n’ bass, before finding himself at the heart of the fledgling dubstep scene, producing under his ‘Soundbox Productions’ moniker and releasing on various labels including dubstep giant Boka Records.
Fast forward a few years, and a chance meeting on Bristol’s after-party circuit saw this duo’s diverse musical backgrounds brought together to create the effortlessly eclectic and undeniably unique sound of Waifs & Strays.
Their debut track – 2010’s late night ‘3am’ – was rapidly snapped up for Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom imprint, and set the benchmark high for future success; featuring in DJ Mag’s essential releases, and picking up props from major players including Luciano, DJ T, Anja Schneider, dOP, Danny Tenaglia and Laurent Garnier.
The follow-up record ‘Yeah Yeah’, gathered significant international support following its debut at the last year’s Detroit Music Conference, smashing dancefloors from Fabric to Watergate, featuring first on Heidi’s show and then becoming Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune.
2011 has seen tracks and remixes on the likes of Get Physical, Hot Creations, Leftroom and Futureboogie, with tracks included for Matt Tolfrey’s ‘Five Years Of Leftroom’, Heidi’s critically acclaimed ‘Jackathon’ and Jamie Jones’s ‘Fabric 59’ compilations. With a host of gigs beckoning across the country and their residency at Bristol’s super-hot after-ours The Breakfast Club, it’s now time to take in some Waifs & Strays.