Founding member of Utah Saints
As one half of Utah Saints, Jez Willis has been making music, DJ-ing and playing gigs around the globe since the birth of House music .
The world renowned duo have released 9 Top 40 UK hits, 4 of which hit the Top 10, they have sold over 2 million records worldwide, sampled a huge range of artsists from Annie Lennox to Slayer, supported U2 on a UK and European tour, set up and promoted award winning and legendary clubnights The Gallery and SugarBeatClub and have recorded and presented shows for radio stations such as Radio 1, XFM, Galaxy, Kiss and Ministry of Sound. They have rather precariously walked the tightrope between genres and also between the underground and the mainstream Utah Saints list of achievements is huge and they are continuing to add to it, 24 years later:-
Utah Saints are still very much at the top of their game hosting their SugarBeatClub brand at various Clubs and curating festival stages, putting on an eclectic range of nights from Mistajam to Justice, Zane Lowe to A-Trak , and have played alongside everyone from Take That to Erol Alkan. They have now put on over 1000 nights, and DJ’ed themselves at another 1000, as well as headlining main stages at festivals.
When the pioneering DJs aren’t playing at clubs and festivals in various parts of the world, they can be found in the studio working hard on new material and also remixing other artists, everyone from Bring Me The Horizon to Girls Aloud to DJ Fresh. As well as running their own record labels, producing other artists and running their own commercial studio in the heart of Leeds, the duo have also recently got into the world of film soundtracks and trailer music, having hooked up with a leading company based in LA. They have also been involved with a documentary which will see the light of day at the end of 2015 on the music scene in Leeds over the past 25 years which they have been at the forefront of.
"Utah Saints - Legends in the game " - Zane Lowe – Beats 1
“Two of the most clued up DJs I have ever met” iDJ magazine
“The first true Stadium House band” – The KLF