Q

Q, aka the extraordinarily prolific Timothy Wiles, has dedicated his life to the production of forward-thinking music. Under the moniker Überzone, he was renowned as one of the biggest names in the American electronic dance scene through the turn of the century.  He’s since gone on to lend his phenomenal talents to mix and produce some of the most innovative artists around.

Growing up in Fullerton, California, it was Wiles’ passion for tinkering with electronic gizmos and gadgets that landed him the nickname ‘Q’ (a James Bond reference) even before stepping behind the decks.  “As a kid growing up, I was always really interested in the technical side of music creation,” Wiles reveals.

Cutting his teeth at early raves, Q’s Überzone took the scene by storm with the release of his debut EP “Botz” (1995) on tastemaker label, City Of Angels.  After following that up with the now-classic “Space Kadet” EP (1996) and the pounding beats of “The Freaks” (1997), he hit a home run collaborating with Afrika Bambaataa on the electro-breaks driven anthem, “2Kool4Skool” (1998).  He was quickly elevated to the status of fellow big hitters at the time: The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, and The Crystal Method.  The remix work came flooding in: Sarah McLachlan, BT, Herbie Hancock, The Crystal Method, Hybrid (and in later years Depeche Mode, Erasure & Major Lazer) to name a few.

In 2001, he released Überzone’s mind-blowing debut album “Faith In The Future” on legendary dance label Astralwerks. It’s a record radiating with Q’s distinctive individuality: quirky sci-fantasy film soundtracks interwoven alongside dream pop and wall-rattling breakbeats.  The album was a critical success with Spin Magazine heralding him as one of the six producers to create "the biggest beats ever."  The record was quickly followed up with two epic mix albums “The Digital Mix” (2002) and “Überzone Y4K” (2004).  In 2007, he released his 2nd studio album “Ideology” to even more acclaim.

However, the studio was not the only place that Q was swathed in praise as he toured the world slaying crowds with Überzone’s unique blend of “bass, beats & blips”.  As a live performer, he lit up crowds across the globe playing at major festivals, including: Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Nocturnal Festival, Ultra (at the WMC), Glastonbury and Glade.

Q’s experience as Überzone has laid the foundation for his mastery of the studio environment.  “As a solo artist doing the Überzone project, everything was on me; the writing, production, programming, mixing and later mastering.  I'm kind of a control freak and that role suits me well,” he explains.  “I also became very in tune with the mechanics of music production as well as the writing…  how sounds work together, dynamics, balance, phase, spectrum.”  Q’s love of the studio and travel weariness is what ultimately prompted him to refocus his career and work with other artists in the studio. It was a natural evolution as he says, “being a studio rat, the progression into production and mixing seemed a logical transition."

One of the artists Q has worked with most closely and consistently as a mix engineer is fellow Big Life artist, Alex Metric. For Metric’s 2011 debut album “Open Your Eyes” Q mixed the title track featuring Ian Brown as well as standout original track, “End Of the World” featuring Charli XCX.  Over the years Q has proved himself as an important cog in Metric’s machine going on to mixing all four of Metric’s “Ammunition EPs”, the “Hope EP” and countless singles. The pair’s partnership is still going strong, this year Q added his touch to Metric’s “Cahuenga” as featured on OWSLA’s Spring Compilation 2015.

Steve Angello, former member of Swedish House Mafia and one of the most influential DJ’s in the world, has also entrusted his solo work to Q.  In 2012 he called in Q to mix his solo return, the hotly anticipated, “Yeah”; a track Resident Advisor went on to slap with a 4/5.  Angello put Q back behind the mixing desk when he worked with Third Party to unleash his follow-up track, “Lights’’; it was a song so big Pete Tong premiered it twice on Radio 1.  When Angello teamed up with AN21 and Max Vangeli for “H8RS”, the first track off the duo’s debut album “People Of The Night”, Q was once again called in and went on to mix and master the rest of that album for AN21 and Vangeli.  Word of Q’s studio skills soon reached another in the SHM camp, Sebastian Ingrosso, who tapped Q to mix his smash with Alesso “Calling (Lose My Mind)” featuring Ryan Tedder.  

Another DJ heavyweight sharing his beats with Q is the phenomenally prolific, A-Trak.  In 2014 Q mixed “Push” featuring Miike Snow singer Andrew Wyatt; it was massive house track which Stereogum heralded as, “a beautifully absurd piece of work”.  A-Trak got Q back in the studio again this year to mix “We All Fall Down”, featuring Jamie Lidell, which had its worldwide premiere on the Zane Lowe Beats 1.

Empire of the Sun and Tommy Trash, two of Australia’s biggest music exports, joined forces to help raise awareness for (Red), Global Fund to fight AIDS and Q was on hand. He mixed “Celebrate” a synth-charged banger that would be the summer anthem of 2013 and a highlight on Dance (RED) Save Lives 2 compilation. 

When Vince Clarke and Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore reunited for the first time in 30 years, they were looking for the perfect mix engineer to collaborate with on their project VCMG.  After a fairly thorough vetting process, Q was selected to mix VCMG’s critically-lauded 2012 album, SSSS.  He also did some additional programming and went on to remix the debut single “Spock” as XOQ (yet another alias).  Around the same time, Q mixed some additional tracks for Erasure’s 2011 album “Tomorrow’s World” as well as a remix of “A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot” as XOQ.

It’s a relationship that’s endured as Q reunited with Martin Gore to provide remix duties as Überzone for Depeche Mode’s track “Should Be Higher” from their 2013 album, “Delta Machine”.  Q’s input is something Martin Gore values highly as he told the Quietus in an interview this year.“  Q brings quite a lot,” Gore said.  “I was very impressed with what he did to the VCMG project. And he does bring out some kind of aggression where it's needed, but more than that, I think it's the detail and depth and width, and power…without over-compressing.”

However, Q’s talents have not stayed within the cozy confines of the dance music scene. In 2013 he mixed the self-titled debut album of DFA signed post-industrial band, Factory Floor.  A year later LA avant-garde noise provocateurs, Liars, called in Q to mix the follow-up to their breakthrough record, “WIXIW”. The result was their seventh album “Mess”, released in 2014; a record the NME awarded a solid 8 out of 10.  Shortly after, Q lent his mixing and mastering chops to the debut album by HeCTA, the experimental electronic side-project of Lambchop leader, Kurt Wagner, all while in the midst of mix and additional production on The Gromble’s forthcoming debut album.

As well as being a gifted mixer, Q has proven himself as a skillful mastering engineer. He’s mastered for Alex Metric, Martin Gore, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, Pretty Lights, Odesza and Borahm Lee to name a few.

Q can currently be found doing what he does best; collaborating with other artists to create great art.  This year he worked again with Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore fulfilling the special honor of mixing Gore’s 2nd solo album “MG” to rave reviews.  His most recent projects have seen him take the mixing chair for Yacht to refine the LA-based duo’s highly-anticipated sixth album, “I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler”,  as well as working on hot newcomer Ten FE’s debut album due for release in 2016.  He’s also just finished mixing a Jagz Kooner remix of a Primal Scream track from their as yet untitled new record.

It’s an exciting world for Q right now, but one that has been born from decades in the field.  There’s definitely Faith In The Future for Q.

Discography

A-Trak

Push

EP

Mix

Fool’s Gold

2015

A-Trak feat. Cory Enemy & Nico Stadi

Ibanez

EP

Mix & Mastering

Spinnin’ Records

2015

A-Trak feat. Jamie Lidell

We All Fall Down

EP

Mix & Mastering

Fool's Gold

2015

Alex Metric

Ammunition EP PT 4

EP

Mix

OWSLA

2015

DNKL

Otherside

EP

Mix

Pias

2015

Everything Everything

Distant Past (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Sony

2015

Martin Gore

MG

Album

Mix

Mute

2015

Odesza

Live EP

EP

Mix & Mastering

Counter Records

2015

Primal Scream

Light Gets In (Jagz Kooner Remix)

EP

Mix

 

2015

Ten Fe

Ten Fe

Album

Mix & Programming

 

2015

HeCTA

The Diet

Album

Mix & Mastering

MRG530

2015

Yacht

I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler

Album

Mix & Programming

Downtown

2015

Alex Metric

Hope EP

EP

Mix

OWSLA

2014

Basement Jaxx

Summer Dem (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

PIAS

2014

Liars

Mess

Album

Mix

Mute

2014

The Presets

No Fun

EP

Mix

Modular

2014

The Presets

Goodbye Future

EP

Mix

Modular

2014

Tommy Trash & Empire of the Sun

Celebrate

EP

Mix

Capitol

2014

Two Door Cinema Club

Sun (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Glass Note

2014

Boy George & Dharma Protocol

Coming Home

EP

Mix

Very Me

2013

Depeche Mode

Should Be Higher

EP

Remix

Columbia

2013

Ellie Goulding

Anything Could Happen (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Interscope

2013

Empire Of The Sun

DNA (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

EMI

2013

Factory Floor

Factory Floor

Album

Mix

DFA

2013

Foals

Bad Habit (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Warner

2013

London Grammar

Hey Now (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Columbia

2013

PANTyRAiD

Pillow Talk

Album

Mix

Glass Air

2013

Pretty Lights

A Color Map Of The Sun (Album)

Album

Mastering & 3 mixes

8 Min 20 Sec

2013

Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash

Reload

EP

Mastering

Refune

2013

Steve Angello

Sentido

EP

Mix

Size

2013

Thomas Gold

Sing 2 Me

EP

Mix

Unique People

2013

Willy Moon

Get Up (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Interscope

2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Despair (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Interscope

2013

Rob Zombie

Dragula (Adam Freeland Remix)

EP

Mix

Geffen

2012

Scissor Sisters

Inevitable (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Casablanca

2012

Sebastian Ingrosso feat Ryan Tedder

Calling (Lose My Mind)

EP

Mix

Refune

2012

St. Lucia

September (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Neon Gold

2012

Steve Angello & Third Party

Lights

EP

Mix

Size

2012

Steve Angello

Yeah

EP

Mix

Size

2012

Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangeli

H8RS

EP

Mix

Size

2012

Thomas Gold

Circles

EP

Mix

Axtone

2012

VCMG (Vince Clarke & Martin Gore)

Ssss

Album

Mix

Mute

2012

Daft Punk

Tron Legacy (Adam Freeland Remix)

EP

Mix

Walt Disney

2011

Depeche Mode

Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Rhino/Warner Bros

2011

Ellie Goulding

Salt Skin (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Interscope

2011

Erasure

Tomorrow’s World (bonus tracks)

EP

Mix & Programming

Mute

2011

Sade

Love Is Found (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Epic

2011

Steve Angello, Alex Metric & Ian Brown

Open Your Eyes

EP

Mix

Virgin

2011

Swedish House Mafia

Save The World (AN21 & Max Vangeli Mix)

EP

Mix

Virgin

2011

Nerd and Daft Punk

Hypnotize You (Alex Metric Remix)

EP

Mix

Interscope

2010

Major Lazer

Bruk Out (Überzone & Destructo Remix)

EP

Remix

Downtown

2009

Afrika Bambaataa

Soul Makossa (Y4K Mix)

EP

Production and Mix

Tommy Boy

2004

Afrikaa Bambaataa

Soul Makossa

EP

Production and Mix

Tommy Boy

2004

Afrikaa Bambaataa

Meet Me At The Party

EP

Production and Mix

Tommy Boy

2004

Sarah McLachlan

Sweet Surrender

EP

Remix

Arista

1998

Überzone

Entire Catalog

Everything

Production and Mix

Gizmonik

1995