From Chicago via NYC to the Phuture: The story of acid house as told by pioneering producer DJ Pierre.
Chicago-born Nathaniel Pierre Jones, AKA DJ Pierre, is a true dance music pioneer and the quintessential acid house producer. Recording as DJ Pierre, Phortune, Photon Inc., Phantasy Club and a myriad of other aliases, it was his early acid house supergroup Phuture that changed the game forever. Holed up in his bedroom during the mid-’80s and inspired by Chicago’s legendary Hot Mix 5 radio shows, he teamed up with his friends Spanky and Herb J to release the seminal “Acid Tracks” in 1987, an undisputed classic and key moment in the evolution of dance music. Based on Roland’s TB-303 sequencer/bass machine, the trio invented a sound that has left a lasting impact on the world of club culture, inspiring producers across the globe. After moving away from Chicago in 1990 and heading to New York City, Pierre became in-house producer and head of A&R at Strictly Rhythm, and was responsible for releasing a string of hugely influential tracks such as Photon Inc.’s “Generate Power” and Joint Venture’s “Master Blaster.” In turn, Pierre created his signature “Wild Pitch” sound, gracing the world with a plethora of timeless tracks and remixes. In this Fireside Chat, the pioneering producer revisits this seminal moment in music history.