Interview with DJ & Producer Duo "Win & Woo"
DJ & Producer Duo
A collective creative effort from Chicago, IL, Win & Woo is comprised of Nick Winholt & Austin Woo. Beginning in 2014; Their electronic-pop inspired blend of heavy melodies & driving basslines work seamlessly with intricate percussion and organic elements. The two friends draw inspiration from those who create music that can withstand the test of time and always push the limits of their creativity.
Really breaking onto the scene in 2015, the duo have released a wide array of successful remixes which have accumulated over 23 million streams between Soundcloud & YouTube alone. They reached the #3 spot on
Spotify's Global Viral chart with their remix ofBryce Fox's 'Burn Fast'. They have worked with some of dance/pop music’s biggest rising stars such as The Chainsmokers, Phoebe Ryan, and Louis The Child. Win & Woo entered the Oliver Heldens & Shaun Frank remix contest for 'Shades of Grey' and due to overwhelming support and a Hypem #1, signed the track to Spinnin' Records.
Starting 2016 off with a Hypem #1, they have hit #1 four times, six #2's and multiple top 5's on the popular music chart The Hype Machine. The duo show no signs of slowing down as they continue to build their timeless sound.
Daily News: What does a typical day look like for you?
Win and Woo: Typically they are really chill. We spend a lot of time in our studio space that we share with our homies Louis the Child and our management team. Lately things are really exciting. The decision to release music independently is a lot of work, maybe more than we expected with all the PR and what not involved but it’s a lot of fun and really rewarding to see it succeed. So our days are a bit different right now, but we try and keep things fun and creative all the time.
Daily News: What projects have you recently been working on?
Win and Woo: DUDE, there’s so many! We have a ton of things with Ashe who’s probably the most talented singer we know. We have a remix coming this week of SNBRN’s last single “Sometimes,” and another remix that we’re really stoked on coming out in October. Then we’re just looking ahead to our next single. We’re sitting on a lot of material with some really cool artists and can’t wait to share it all.
Daily News: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?
Win and Woo: The music industry is crazy and we’re just scratching the surface. There are definitely up’s and down’s all the time. I think the most challenging thing is balancing the day to day life with the music. It’s so easy to get distracted from music and vice versa. It can really put a strain on whatever one you aren’t focusing on as much, but we manage to find a good, functional balance.
The most exciting thing is seeing all the feedback from something you spend so much time on. Each track comes with its different challenges so when you finally get to show people, it’s so exciting to see their reactions.
Daily News: Where does your passion derive from?
Win and Woo: This is such a tough question to pinpoint an exact answer. I guess it comes down to how much we just love music. We’ve been doing the Win & Woo project for like 2 1/2 years now and each day is more exciting to start than the next. But seriously, so many different things inspire us and let us know we’re following something real.
Daily News: How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?
Win and Woo: Ah yeah we mentioned it can be tough to balance. We are lucky enough to have two of us to kind of pick up the slack if one of us has something going on, or get’s sick, or really just whatever. That is really key because the work never stops, so you can’t. We’re also fortunate enough to have amazing support from all of our friends and family so they really make our lives easier to balance.
Daily News: What does success look like to you?
Win and Woo: This is tough because it can shift all the time, but if we are happy and comfortable getting to do what we love to do every day we feel successful. We would feel pretty damn cool if we got to score a movie though. James Cameron if you are reading this still waiting on a callback.
Daily News: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Win and Woo: To date, we would have to say it happened this week by releasing our first original. It’s been such a long time coming and to see it doing so well feels amazing.
Daily News: What’s one word that best describes your personality?
Daily News: What is your greatest fear?
Woo: Spiders. And probably living a mundane life. There are so many amazing things in the world to see and experience; it would be a shame to miss all of it.
Daily News: What is your most treasured possession?
Win and Woo: 1 million percent our computer. It’s our preciousness.
Daily News: If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
Win and Woo: No doubt something within music. Literally can’t picture anything else
Daily News: Do you have any upcoming projects in the pipeline?
Win and Woo: So outside of the music we’ve been working on which I’ve mentioned before, we are really focusing on designing some cool merch. We want to do something different that not everyone else is. Kind of look big picture and build a lifestyle brand. Yours is dope btw.
Daily News: Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
Win and Woo: We love when we play in Texas. Austin specifically. It’s so laid-back and everyone’s really nice. They also go super hard when we’re there so we always have a lot of fun.
Daily News: Where would you most like to live?
Win and Woo: OCEANSIDE anywhere. Maybe in Europe.
Daily News: How do you spend your down time?
Win and Woo: When we’re not working we do regular things. SLEEP, go out with friends, watch literally any Netflix original because they are all sick. But also we make a lot of our coolest music ideas on our down time outside of the studio.
Daily News: If you could spend a day with any person (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Win: Tom Delong because I look up to him as an artist.
Woo: Kevin Hart. He would be the most entertaining dude ever to just kick it with.
Daily News: If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Woo: Definitely a person... with a cool accent.
Daily News: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Win and Woo: Never stop. Find a way to make it work in both music life and regular life. Every time you’re feeling creatively stuck or down, just keep going because you will go back up. Music has so many up’s and down’s you just have to make sure to never stop moving. Also, find good friends. The people you surround yourself with will have a huge impact on your life so make them good ones. And be nice to everyone. Lastly, drink a shit ton of coffee.