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DJ Pierre
DJ Pierre

DJ mix: DJ Pierre

One of house's main men jacks the beats.

By Bruce Tantum
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More than 25 years ago, Chicago's Nathaniel Pierre Jones—better known as DJ Pierre—took part in one of dance music's all-time greatest eureka moments. In late 1985, Pierre and his cohorts Earl "Spanky" Smith and Herb Jackson, together known as Phuture, were fooling around with a Roland TB-303, a machine designed to play basslines that musicians could jam along to. The contraption basically sucked at its intended usage, but after Pierre and his pals started tweaking the controls, presto: Acid house was born, via Phuture's "Acid Tracks" cut. Most people would be satisfied to have one paradigm-shifting achievement to their name, but not Pierre. Solo, he developed the Wild Pitch sound (in short, brief instrumental loops played backwards over a single-minded throbbing rhythm) and was one of house music's main creative forces in the '90s, with a string of massively influential singles out on seminal labels like Strictly Rhythm and Emotive. He's still at it today, making and playing everything from disco-tinged deep house to full-steam-ahead techno. He's headlining the opening installment of MoMA PS1's party on Saturday 2, but in the meantime, here's a hot new set (complete with plenty of acid bleeps) from the man himself.

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