We had a chat with Will Rees about just everything. Hope you enjoy this little interview!
1. Who is your inspiration for getting into Trance?
I first got into Trance through my older brother who used to buy a lot of the euphoria & ministry CD’s when I was around 13-14 years old. Listening to DJs like Judge Jules, Pete Tong, John OO Flemming, Boy George, PF Project is where it all started.Bought my first belt drive decks and a horrid yellow mixer when I was 14 and went from there!
2. What is the highlight of your career so far?
There have been some great gigs but nothing will beat getting your first record signed. The first original I made ‘Noizea’ was played on Radio 1 a few weeks in a row, ill never forget that feeling.
3. How is the trance scene in Wales? Alive and kicking? Or not that popular?
My manager Jonny runs Delusion in Swansea and always outs on a great show and puts on solid lineups. I always love playing for Delusion. Apart from that you have Journey in Cardiff which also puts on great shows. Trance is hard to come by in Wales for sure but those two brands are the best in Wales.
4. What do you use to produce your tracks? Which DAW , synths etc.
Currently using Logic X and Ableton live. Ableton live 10 comes out early 2018 so I’m pretty sure when that comes out ill be making the move fully to Ableton Live. I use a lot of the standard logic plugins they are very solid and reliable. With regards to third party plugins & VSTS I wouldn’t be able to live without the Waves stuff & Sylenth is my go to plugin for sound design. Serum & Spire are also great synths!
5. What else do you listen to beside trance? Any guilty pleasure we need to know? …
I wouldn’t say I have a ‘guilty pleasure’ I just enjoy listening to good music. Indie, pop, Rock, Downtempo, House, whatever it is. Good music is good music right? Apart from Trance & Techno id say my favourite genre would be downtempo / ambient, I always get huge influences from it to make Trance.
6. How did you and Sam Jones team up? You know each other how?
Sam is a Welsh lad too so we’ve known each other for a long time. I think we met though bebo originally (haha) and he started to come to Escape in Swansea where I was a resident for a number of years. It’s been great to see him go from just starting to produce to how his productions sound now. A very original talent in the scene.
7. Which release are you most proud of?
I think I’m quietly proud of every release I’ve done but I feel like the best is yet to come. Being a producer your always trying to improve. Up until now I think ‘Oversight’ and ‘Interlude’ were the tracks that really showed what I was about.
8. Besides producing and DJ’ing. Do you have any hobbies?
I’ve really got into listening to podcasts over the last few months and genuinely think they have made me a happier person. I’ve always been into running and usually try and do at least one half marathon a year, hoping to build up to a full one in 2018. Love watching series’ too!
9. Do you have any dream location you still want to play as a DJ?
Argentina & America. Those two are top of my list and I will be working hard to make that happen next year.
10. What will be the next Will Rees release? And on which label?
I hate to be that guy who says I can’t say but guess what? I can’t say haha. Plenty of stuff on the way though.
11. What happened to Mass Distortion? Any news?
Mass Distortion is a collaboration between myself, Rhys Thomas & Adam Brooks, two great friends of mine. Its a bit of fun, an excuse for us to meet up, make beats & talk shit. We dont take it so seriously and do what we want. Its really hard for the 3 of us to be together at the same time but hopefully we’ll do some more stuff in the future
12. [Fun question] Why is it you must wait until night to call it a day?
Night time………Day time!
We would like to thank Will Rees and his manager Jonny Griffiths for their time!