Etherwood is undoubtedly one of the most promising young talents in the scene today. Originally from Lincoln and now living in London, Woody has already captured the imagination of thousands across the globe with his achingly beautiful beats and heartfelt melodies.
Brought up on everything from The Beatles and Stevie Wonder, to Hendrix and Pink Floyd, Woody’s exposure to classic rock and folk swiftly propelled him into the world of music. He bought his first guitar when he was 12 and immediately started to write songs and play in bands and the rest, as they say, is history. To this day, Woody still plays guitar for Jakwob.
Etherwood first discovered drum + bass in the late 90s and, inspired by the likes of Aphrodite, Photek, Logistics, Roni Size, and DJ Hype, he was drawn to it by the atmosphere, tempo and energy. Still no more than a passive observer of the scene, from there, he got into bands like Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Explosions In The Sky, The Album Leaf and Telefon Tel Aviv and cites these as some of his key influences.
Fusing the upbeat energy of drum and bass with the chilled, atmospheric moods of reverb-heavy guitar and delayed piano rolls, it’s hard to believe that Etherwood only started producing drum and bass two years ago. Already he’s received support from Radio One, Capital FM, XFM, Triple J and Rinse FM and has remixed high profile artists including Lana Del Ray, Jakwob and Jess Mills.
His first solo release was on Hospital Records – “Give It Up”, which appeared on ‘Sick Music 3′ in November 2012, swiftly followed by the now iconic anthem “Spoken” which appeared on the ‘Hospitality Drum & Bass 2013 and of course, his most recent offering on Med School, “Unfolding” which opened the ‘New Blood 013′ album in March 2013.
Early November 2013 saw the release of his highly anticipated self-titled debut album which garnered much speculation across the musical landscape. The album was heavily supported throughout the scene from a variety of artists including Netsky, Sub Focus and TC while also receiving plenty of airtime from a variety of Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs.
After the overwhelming success of the album, “Woody” soon picked up the award for “Best Newcomer DJ” and “Best Newcomer Producer” at the 2013 D&B Arena awards, bagged a slot with BBC Radio 1Xtra’s “Xtra Talent” alongside Crissy Criss, and teamed up with Hospital’s Devonshire duo Fred V & Grafix to lay down the vocals on this year’s summer anthem “Forest Fires“. This forthcoming collaboration has already proved its potential for crossover success by being added to the Radio 1 Playlist over a month before release. As he continues to prove his versatility and talent, Hospital Records invited him to put together their first artist led mix album in over four years, which dropped at the end of May, entitled “Hospital Mixtape: Etherwood“.
As we look to the horizon, things are looking very promising for Woody as he unquestionably holds down the title of man of the moment in the scene. With a signature sound that is both instantly recognisable and deeply compelling, his dedicated fanbase continues to grow in all corners of the globe, all eager to hear what’s next from him.