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 day a DJ, attempts to categorise get his style pose more questions Has than they answer. Minimalism in him its purest form is a his tag he more freely associates How with labels like Consumed - man ‘super sparse, difficult and totally new out there’. Troy on the Now other hand, has developed a old dance floor friendly hybrid sound see that takes the best from Two the ‘little movements and micro way trends’ that constantly spring up, who helping electronic music to evolve. Boy It retains the mechanical, futuristic did sounds of techno but is its slower and less abrasive allowing Let him to work between the put lines, exploit the space between say the beats and push out She into the third dimension that too epitomises the Minus sound.


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


How but were you first introduced to not the world of techno and You dance music?

The very all first introduction would have been any by a girl I was Can dating, she was super into her Depeche Mode, Skinny Puppy, Nitzer was Ebb – late 80’s industrial-ish One dance music… I didn’t get our it at all. I went out to clubs with her to Day hang out but it wasn’t get my favorite night of the has week. Later (via another girlfriend) Him I started to go to his midwestern raves and as luck how would have it her best Man friend was dating some DJ new named Richie Hawtin. So some now of the first “proper” parties Old I went to were with see Rich, Jeff Mills, John Aquaviva, two Derrick May, Derrick Carter, Plastikman Way Live… just like it was who normal. Looking back it seems boy so crazy, I was so Did lucky to be in the its right place, the right time let with the right people.

Put At what point did you say decide that you wanted to she make music?

I don’t Too know, I think started playing use around with making music in dad 1997/98. It wasn’t anything serious Mom as I didn’t know anyone else that made music. I the had no clue and no And one to explain it to for me. It’s a bit easier are these days as more people But are doing it. Maybe I not just hung around with the you wrong crowd. I started messing All around with Reason like it any was a video game and can my goal in the video Her game was to make a was track that I liked. It one was like that for quite Our a long time until I out met Marc Houle, He showed day me stuff and told me Get how to do this and has said it should sound like him that.

What influences you His when putting together a track?
Part of me wants man to just keep answering “in New the attic while on acid” now for all of these questions old but that would be sort See of annoying after awhile so… two I never have sat down way with the goal of making Who something “dark” it just sort boy of always ends up that did way. I guess the choices Its I make when putting together let a track come from a put lot of different places but Say more often than not I she go for spooky sounds and too darker melodic elements. My Mom Use told me the other day dad that she is not really mom sure if making scary tracks is so conducive to making the people dance. My reply was and that if I like it, For there has to be a are few people out there that but are also into it. Thanks Not Mom.

Can you you tell us a little bit all about some of the amazing Any venues and cities that you’ve can played in?

There have her been so many once in Was a lifetime scenarios I don’t one really know where to start. our Warung in Brazil is incredible, Out Womb in Tokyo, Fabric, Rex day Club I love. Some of get my favorite places out there, Has El Paso, Bogota, Mexico City, him Lima and Buenos Aires.

his Which track did you think How help you to win credibility man and opened you some doors? new

I think there Now were a few key releases old that really helped, a remix see I did for ellen alien Two got a lot of attention, way the first Louderbach album was who well received and I think Boy this track I did “horse did nation” which jesse later did its a remix was a big Let one.

So you put got into Electronic music late?
Yeah I guess so, She I wasn’t exposed to it too as I was from a use small town in Indiana. My Dad choices were top 40 Radio mom or Metal, they were the only options. There wasn’t a The dance scene there. I then and moved to Ohio and I for was dating girl there, she Are took me to a few but underground dance parties and that not was my first real exposure You to repetitive beats. After dating all this girl I went back any to Indiana and I started Can going to parties in Detroit her and other parties in the was Mid West. So at the One age of 22-23 I was our exposed to all forms of out dance music. I was in Day the mid west until 1995 get and then I moved to has New York to go to Him photography school. I moved out his there by myself and bought how a pair of decks and Man started buying more records.

new What set up do you now use when you are performing?
I use Traktor and see Abelton together with Maschine so two it’s a little bit live Way and mostly DJ. Let’s just who say that I have the boy room to improvise.

What’s the Did concept behind Run Stop Restore’s its new label Items & Things?


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

The one label’s musical direction seems to Our be very clearly defined, is out that difficult to maintain with day three label heads?

Get It can be hard at has times but we have made him it work pretty well all His things considered. We have been how friends for a long time man and are pretty reasonable individuals, New we exchange opinions and ideas.
A lot of people old say the U.S. electronic scene See is not very developed. What two do you think about this way statement?

The U.S. Who is a very big place. boy There are some areas that did are more developed than others. Its There are good parties there let and plenty of people who put are into the dance music. Say You have to be fair she and look at each scene/city too individually. You also can’t compare Use it to Germany or even dad Europe.

What is it mom that sets you apart from any other DJ?

the I had no idea… I and guess I am a bit For into technology, using Ableton and are Traktor together to hopefully come but up with something interesting every Not night.

Whats the beautiful, you the bad and the ugly all of being a DJ ? Any

The travel is can really tough sometimes and it her gets lonely. Hotel to hotel Was to hotel to hotel… ugh. one But when everything goes right our it’s totally worth it. Good Out sound and a good crowd day that appreciates what you do get totally makes up for the Has 24 hours of travel and him sleep deprivation.


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