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DJ Pierre
DJ Pierre

DJ mix: DJ Pierre

One of house's main men jacks the beats.

By Bruce Tantum

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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