Even Mac users know what “Ctrl+Alt+Delete” means. The three-key restart button for personal computers is enshrined in our collective technological memory. Michael Woods isn’t shutting down. To the contrary, Woods is gearing up for what he promises to be a productive 2014 with this stellar, ready-to-play trio of tracks. Listen to the premiere of “Ctrl,” the first track from his forthcoming EP and check out extended previews of “Alt” and “Delete” below:
Billboard: Ctrl-Alt-Delete is the iconic restart keycode sequence for PCs. Should we interpret this EP as a restart for you in some way?
Michael Woods: You could say that. The year is coming to an end and 2014 is going to be a big year for Team Woods. Creatively, I have been taking a new approach to my music and, as always, striving to make something new and innovative. I'm really looking forward to what's ahead.
How did the creative process start for this EP? Are you able to be productive on the road?
It can be extremely tough to produce on the road for many reasons: Time constraints and equipment being the main two for me. It is possible to sit on a plane and make a track on my laptop but preferably I'd like my keyboard at my fingertips and to be surrounded by some decent monitor speakers as opposed to my headphones.
These tracks I've had in my sets for a while now which I have been tweaking throughout, but recently I feel that they all have been going down really well with crowds. That's when I know its time for release and these three strong tracks all came together at roughly the same time. It just seemed right to release them as an EP and in this way.
You're often affiliated with "progressive house" but that genre has gone through a number of changes in the past few years.
I try not pigeonhole my music with tags and genres. I think the whole house music scene is now very incestuous and you hear different genres creeping into others all of the time. All I aim to do is produce something that is original and has my own flare to it. At the end of the day I'm a music fan as well as a musician so I enjoy aspects of all house music genres.
You got a lot of unusual attention at a recent gig in Seoul thanks to some Justin Bieber-related business. Is there anything you'd like people to know about that?
Well, I said all I wanted to say on Twitter. I'm disappointed that someone with his global stature who has millions of kids who look up to him as a role model would act in such a negative way. Hopefully it's just a phase and he will grow out of it.
“Ctrl+Alt+Delete” is out December 16 on Woods’ own Diffused label.