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Willow

Manchester’s finest Wil­low aka Sophie Wil­son is the pur­vey­or of a style defined from a bub­bling melt­ing pot of dub­by tex­tures, min­i­mal pat­terns and stripped back influ­ences. With an out­put span­ning the realms of clas­sic hip-hop, stripped back bro­ken beat and sparse ele­ments of left­field house and ambi­ent tech­no; Wil­low has devel­oped a sound that’s unusu­al­ly dis­tinc­tive, yet hard to define. Her intro­duc­tion came in 2014 when vet­er­an DJ Move D includ­ed her first pro­duc­tion Feel Me’ in his Fab­ric 74 mix. Hav­ing pricked ears when he played the track out for the first time, Move D passed Feel Me’ on to his friend Lowtec – who decid­ed to give it a full release in a com­pi­la­tion on his Work­shop imprint the fol­low­ing year.

The sub-heavy house tune with an ear­worm R&B vocal was a high­light on the LP, and then became No.6 in Res­i­dent Advisor’s tracks of 2015. Wil­low made her return to Work­shop in 2016 with a full EP; bring­ing togeth­er warm, twist­ing melodies with del­i­cate vocal flecks and heavy low-end stabs over lin­ger­ing dimen­sions of beat-less bars. 

It’s in my heart man. When I first start­ed going out club­bing I kind of lived in Sankeys. I was in there Fri­day night, Sat­ur­day night, from the begin­ning till the end. I remem­ber think­ing: how do they make you feel like this with music? I want to do that’ ”

Willow

The fin­er points of Willow’s sound con­tin­ue to stir intrigue from the mys­te­ri­ous vari­ety of her pro­duc­tions to date. Her dynam­ic DJ style has been honed from years of record col­lect­ing in Manchester’s North­ern Quar­ter, and the start of an on-going res­i­den­cy in Not­ting­ham as one of the key dri­vers of par­ty series 808, which led her to play along­side the likes of Opti­mo, Beat­rice Dil­lon, Tama Sumo and of course, Move D. Evi­dent in her much dis­cussed mix­es for the likes of Boil­er Room, Res­i­dent Advi­sor and now an NTS res­i­den­cy – her sets are a heady weav­ing togeth­er of the ele­men­tal foun­da­tions of house, tech­no and the intri­cate sounds that fall in between.  

Now based in Lon­don, Wil­low has become a name in demand at some of the best clubs and fes­ti­vals around the world play­ing along­side names like Daph­ni, Ben UFO, Four Tet, DJ Koze, Omar S, Motor City Drum Ensem­ble, Joy Orbi­son, Pear­son Sound and Work­shop reg­u­lar Kassem Mosse at clubs like Live at Robert John­son Offen­bach, De School Ams­ter­dam, Panora­ma Bar Berlin, Print­works Lon­don, Con­crete Paris, Blitz Munich, DC10 Ibiza etc. 2018 has seen Willow’s reach rise even fur­ther with a res­i­den­cy at Man­ches­ter’s Ware­house Project, Aus­tralia, India and South East Asia tours and gigs at Motion Bris­tol, Robert John­son, Lux Lis­bon, Wak­ing Life Fes­ti­val, Houghton, Field Day, Farr Fes­ti­val and Gottwood Fes­ti­val in the UK, Boil­er Room sets at both AVA Fes­ti­val Ire­land and DC10 and much, much more.

Fuelled by a love of vis­it­ing new places, meet­ing new peo­ple and lis­ten­ing to good music – Wil­low is a pro­duc­er and DJ who’s on a bound­less upward rise.

Latest updates

Willow releases new Ep on Workshop

Willow releases new Ep on Workshop

Willow Phonica mix

Willow Phonica mix

Willow Blitz Radio

Willow Blitz Radio

Octo Live Stream: Willow

Octo Live Stream: Willow

RA Cue Point: Willow

RA Cue Point: Willow

Willow Circoloco Radio

Willow Circoloco Radio

Willow Boiler Room Ibiza

Willow Boiler Room Ibiza

Willow Boiler Room X AVA Festival

Willow Boiler Room X AVA Festival

Willow on Radio Raheem

Willow on Radio Raheem

Welcome Willow

Welcome Willow

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