Disconnected Podcast 017: Pierre LX

Pierre LX

A vinyl only mix that was recorded on cassette tape.. you don’t get more original than that!

Now then Pierre, how’s it going? What ya up to?

I’m doing really well, thanks. At the moment I’m learning how to use my flatmate’s MPC. It’s a lot of fun!

Can you tell me about yourself?

I was born in Paris, but my family later moved to Brazil. I eventually settled in London around 2003 to study film and work on music.

I first came across you when I got your album from Phonica.. but you’ve been doing music stuff for a bit right, can you tell me about your background in music?

I started out by playing in bands, like everyone else, until I found out I could make music on my own using synths. So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 10 years or so.

There’s a lot of different sounds in the album, is that a function of your background in music? What’s been influential on you?

Of course, especially as a DJ, sonic diversity comes as a natural extension of constant crate digging, which makes it very difficult to narrow down influences. Although if I had to pick one, I guess it would be the early sound of the Playhouse label. Artists like Roman Fluegel, Losoul or Isolée probably had the biggest impact on my own production.

Your sound reminds me of Berlin, any plans to move there in the future?

To be honest, even though a lot of artists from Berlin influenced me as a musician, I don’t know the city very well.

You’ve had some names at the Millennium Disco, do you enjoy running those parties?

I stopped running parties for now, mainly to focus on my own music. But I met some truly inspiring people through Millennium Disco. Maybe I’ll give it another try when the time is right.

What do you use to produce?

I use a bunch of old machines. I love Roland drum machines, all of them! And my favourite synth brand is Sequential Circuits. I’m also a big fan of Korg effects.

You’re a regular at Fabric, what’s been the best party you’ve played at?

Well, I wouldn’t call myself a regular, but I’ve had the chance to play there a few times recently and it’s a dream. Everything there is perfect. Last year, I opened for Daniel Bell who’s one of my heroes. And Judy who runs the Saturdays is amazing.

Can you tell us a bit about what we might expect from one of your sets?

It varies a lot from one venue to another. But I particularly enjoy playing longer sets where I have time to build things up slowly and cover more ground musically. I don’t feel restricted to any specific genre or tempo though, as long as it’s jacking.

Vinyl? Cds? Laptop?

I got very excited about the whole laptop thing around 7 or 8 years ago, but in the end I decided it wasn’t for me. Now I prefer playing vinyl only, although I’m trying to get used to those CDJs so I can try out my own demos and edits.

Can you tell me a bit about the mix you did for us?

This selection feels quite personal, in the sense that it features tracks by friends of mine and others from artists that have inspired me over the years. All recorded straight to cassette!

Nice one man, thanks for a brilliant mix. big up.

Check out Peirre LX’s new album at Phonica Records, I get this a few weeks back and its not left my record bag since, if you like good house and techno you seriously need this in your life…

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