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DJ Pierre at Red Bull Music Festival Chicago

74 minsRecorded 25 Nov 2018 in Chicago
Dennis Elliot

Chicago acid pioneer DJ Pierre takes his beloved TB-303 to the stage at Red Bull Music Festival 2018.

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, Phantasy Club, Photon Inc and a myriad of other aliases, it was his early acid house supergroup Phuture that changed the game forever. Holed up in his bedroom in the mid-1980s, 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. Based on Roland’s TB-303 sequencer and bass machine, the trio invented a sound which would leave a lasting impact on the world of club culture, inspiring producers worldwide. After moving away from the Chicago scene 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 another 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 timeless tracks and remixes that have been hugely influential.

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