Michael Woods is one of the hottest producers and remixers around at the moment, responsible for great many hits under aliases Warrior, Out Of Office, M3, Accadia, Mike Hunt, Playback, Praetorian and recently more under his own name.
Michael’s musicality stems from his ability as a pianist – both he and his sister (singer Marcella Woods) were taught piano by their father and got up to grade eight. He started his music career as the apprentice engineer to label mate Matt Darey. Michael’s break came when his sister Marcella Woods, Matt and himself collaborated on the M3 release “Bailamos” on Inferno.
But it was his debut single “Warrior” that finally propelled Michael to his current status of dance music’s man of the moment. It was one of the hottest anthems of the summer 2000, reaching No 1 in the UK Club Chart, and it even entered the UK top 40 at #19. Michael followed up with “Voodoo“, creating another great dance anthem.
Then he started to experiment with different monikers, releasing “Into The Dawn” in 2001 and “Blind Visions” in 2002 under Accadia moniker, “Heaven Sent” as M1 and “Released” as Praetorian (both in 2002). In 2003 he returned as Warrior releasing “If You Want Me” with Juliet Jaimes (Holly Valance “Kiss Kiss”) responsible for the memorable lyrics and Australian model Imogen Bailey on vocals and another less successful track “X” , both released in 2003 on label Incentive.
Following “If You Want Me” Michael had an even bigger taste of success with “Solex (Close to The Edge)“. The record became a favourite not only in the record boxes of Judge Jules, Tiesto and Paul Van Dyke but it was play-listed on the UK’s Radio 1.
In 2005 he enlisted his sister Marcella Woods (singer on Matt Darey’s “Beautiful” and “Liberation”) to add her dynamic vocals to his latest record and collaboration with Judge Jules “So Special“. After that in 2006 followed “Hit The Bricks” under Mike Hunt moniker on Data Records.
And finally in 2007 he released his first track as Out Of Office, another collaboration with Marcella Woods. “Hands Up” on Frenetic quickly became commercially successful, with “Break Of Dawn” replacing it in the charts during next year. He also became well sought after remixer, remixing hit after hit from Tillmann Uhrmacher, Salt Tank, Energy 52 “Cafe Del Mar”, Solar Stone, Delerium, Lost Tribe “Gamemaster”, Art Of Trance “Madagascar”, Matt Darey, Chicane.
In 2008 he released “Dancing In The Dark“, my most favorite track from this producer, huge mind blowing club anthem. Since that Michael Woods went underground releasing more dancefloor oriented tracks than chart toppling hits. In 2008 he released “Natural High“, next year – “Drop Zone”, “Made In South America”, “No More Waiting”, “Envolver / Black Strip” and together with Ant Brooks tracks “Yemba” and “Wobble“, plus remixes of Way Out West “The Gift”, Chicane “Hiding All The Stars”, “Patrick Hagenaar “We Feel The Same”, John O’Callaghan “Find Yourself”, Temper Trap “Science Of Fear” and Deadmau5 “Strobe”.
In 2010 he released his own solo tracks “Dropzone” and “Dynamik“, together with Chris Lake “Domino’s“, together with Funkagenda track “Alchemy“, and of course some new remixes on Deadmau5 & Chris Lake “I Said”, Meck “Feels Like A Prayer”, Diagram Of The Heart “Death Famous”, Estelle “Freak”, Hannah “I Believe In You”, Kylie Minogue “All The Lovers”, Kaskade “Dynasty”, Robyn “Dancing On My Own”, Katie Melua “The Flood”, Moguai “Oyster”, Underworld “Always Loved A Film”, La Roux “In For The Kill”, Martin Solveig “Hello”, Alexis Jordan “Happiness” – surely, 2010 was one of the most active year for Michael Woods. But it was not all.
On November 1st, 2010 he released his “Nitro EP” on Toolroom Records, with two great tracks – “Nitro” and “Midnight Run“. And the latest work from Michael Woods is mighty “No Access“, a fusion of electro, techno and progressive elements blended with the uplifting synth riffs, contrasted with dirty bass lines. It was released on Michael Woods new label Diffused Music at Beatport on 10th December, 2010, and quickly became huge hit with Deadmau5, Pete Tong, Judge Jules and many others.
Michael Woods – Nitro
Michael Woods – Dynamik
Michael Woods – No Access