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A Sit Down With DJ Troy Pierce

12:53 Oct/31/2017

Troy Pierce was among the the first to pick up on and DJs like Derrick Carter, Jeff For Mills and Richie Hawtin and are was always out and about but at parties in Detroit, Ohio Not and across the Midwest. Strangely you enough though, he never thought all about picking up a pair Any of headphones himself, preferring to can leave the DJ duties to her his friends. This way he Was could fully immerse himself in one the music, especially the experimental our ambient tones of the after Out hour chill outs. As a day DJ, attempts to categorise his get style pose more questions than Has they answer. Minimalism in its him purest form is a tag his he more freely associates with How labels like Consumed - ?super man sparse, difficult and totally out new there?. Troy on the other Now hand, has developed a dance old floor friendly hybrid sound that see takes the best from the Two ?little movements and micro trends? way that constantly spring up, helping who electronic music to evolve. It Boy retains the mechanical, futuristic sounds did of techno but is slower its and less abrasive allowing him Let to work between the lines, put exploit the space between the say beats and push out into She the third dimension that epitomises too the Minus sound.  

"Some use people now a days are Dad exposed to obvious music like mom Trance, I was really lucky that I was there listening The to the likes of Richie and Hawtin and Jeff Mills...that formed for the basis of my sound."

Are   How were you first but introduced to the world of not techno and dance music? The You very first introduction would have all been by a girl I any was dating, she was super Can into Depeche Mode, Skinny Puppy, her Nitzer Ebb – late 80’s was industrial-ish dance music… I didn’t One get it at all. I our went to clubs with her out to hang out but it Day wasn’t my favorite night of get the week. Later (via another has girlfriend) I started to go Him to midwestern raves and as his luck would have it her how best friend was dating some Man DJ named Richie Hawtin. So new some of the first “proper” now parties I went to were Old with Rich, Jeff Mills, John see Aquaviva, Derrick May, Derrick Carter, two Plastikman Live… just like it Way was normal. Looking back it who seems so crazy, I was boy so lucky to be in Did the right place, the right its time with the right people. let At what point did you Put decide that you wanted to say make music? I don’t know, she I think started playing around Too with making music in 1997/98. use It wasn’t anything serious as dad I didn’t know anyone else Mom that made music. I had no clue and no one the to explain it to me. And It’s a bit easier these for days as more people are are doing it. Maybe I just But hung around with the wrong not crowd. I started messing around you with Reason like it was All a video game and my any goal in the video game can was to make a track Her that I liked. It was was like that for quite a one long time until I met Our Marc Houle, He showed me out stuff and told me how day to do this and said Get it should sound like that. has What influences you when putting him together a track? Part of His me wants to just keep how answering “in the attic while man on acid” for all of New these questions but that would now be sort of annoying after old awhile so… I never have See sat down with the goal two of making something “dark” it way just sort of always ends Who up that way. I guess boy the choices I make when did putting together a track come Its from a lot of different let places but more often than put not I go for spooky Say sounds and darker melodic elements. she My Mom told me the too other day that she is Use not really sure if making dad scary tracks is so conducive mom to making people dance. My reply was that if I the like it, there has to and be a few people out For there that are also into are it. Thanks Mom. Can but you tell us a little Not bit about some of the you amazing venues and cities that all you’ve played in? There have Any been so many once in can a lifetime scenarios I don’t her really know where to start. Was Warung in Brazil is incredible, one Womb in Tokyo, Fabric, Rex our Club I love. Some of Out my favorite places out there, day El Paso, Bogota, Mexico City, get Lima and Buenos Aires. Which Has track did you think help him you to win credibility and his opened you some doors? How I think there were a man few key releases that really new helped, a remix I did Now for ellen alien got a old lot of attention, the first see Louderbach album was well received Two and I think this track way I did “horse nation” which who jesse later did a remix Boy was a big one. did So you got into Electronic its music late? Yeah I guess Let so, I wasn’t exposed to put it as I was from say a small town in Indiana. She My choices were top 40 too Radio or Metal, they were use the only options. There wasn’t Dad a dance scene there. I mom then moved to Ohio and I was dating girl there, The she took me to a and few underground dance parties and for that was my first real Are exposure to repetitive beats. After but dating this girl I went not back to Indiana and I You started going to parties in all Detroit and other parties in any the Mid West. So at Can the age of 22-23 I her was exposed to all forms was of dance music. I was One in the mid west until our 1995 and then I moved out to New York to go Day to photography school. I moved get out there by myself and has bought a pair of decks Him and started buying more records. his What set up do you how use when you are performing? Man I use Traktor and Abelton new together with Maschine so it’s now a little bit live and Old mostly DJ. Let’s just say see that I have the room two to improvise.

What’s the concept Way behind Run Stop Restore’s new who label Items & Things?

The boy point of that label was Did to have an outlet for its other style that we are let interested in. When Magda and Put I DJ we don't only say play typical Minus sounding records, she it is more diverse than Too that. So there are all use these artists and all these dad tracks that we have personally Mom that we really like, but they are not Minus sounding the releases. So the first one And was from Marc Houle and for Konrad Black, and Magda and are I, and all 4 tracks But don't sound anything like what not you would normally expect to you hear from each of these All people. So that is kind any of the concept.

The label’s can musical direction seems to be Her very clearly defined, is that was difficult to maintain with three one label heads? It can Our be hard at times but out we have made it work day pretty well all things considered. Get We have been friends for has a long time and are him pretty reasonable individuals, we exchange His opinions and ideas. A lot how of people say the U.S. man electronic scene is not very New developed. What do you think now about this statement? The old U.S. is a very big See place. There are some areas two that are more developed than way others. There are good parties Who there and plenty of people boy who are into the dance did music. You have to be Its fair and look at each let scene/city individually. You also can’t put compare it to Germany or Say even Europe. What is it she that sets you apart from too any other DJ? I Use had no idea… I guess dad I am a bit into mom technology, using Ableton and Traktor together to hopefully come up the with something interesting every night. and Whats the beautiful, the bad For and the ugly of being are a DJ ? The but travel is really tough sometimes Not and it gets lonely. Hotel you to hotel to hotel to all hotel… ugh. But when everything Any goes right it’s totally worth can it. Good sound and a her good crowd that appreciates what Was you do totally makes up one for the 24 hours of our travel and sleep deprivation. https://soundcloud.com/troypierce/troy-pierce-tresor-berlin-3317

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