Behind The Beat | Pierce Fulton Interview
This last week I had the unbelievable opportunity to sit down with one of EDM’s quickest rising stars in the house scene; Pierce Fulton. At only 21 (newly turned), Pierce has a grasp on the music as firm as most others who have been in the game for 10 years. And now look at him, turning a burp into a song (see question 3). His first breakthrough into the scene was shortly after the release of his first EP ‘Pardon My French’ which was released on Cr2 Records. This early in his young career, he has already managed to gain large amounts of support from artists like Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold, and many others, in addition to being featured at festivals such as Electric Zoo, Veld Music Festival and Ultra. If that’s not enough motivation for you to find out a little bit more about one of my favorite producers, I don’t know what else to do and you suck.
OTB: Hey Pierce, how’s it going man? For starters, can you just give us a little background information on yourself, such as musical experience, music, and house music after that?
PF: Well I’ve been playing music for as long as I can remember, my parents got me a guitar when I was about 4 or 5 years old and I’ve just been trying to mess with anything music related ever since. My start with House music was a lot like everything else, just random at a certain period in my life and I guess it was the one that stuck!
OTB: How was the transition from teaching yourself how to play musical instruments such as guitar and piano, to house production? A lot of trial and error and youtube tutorials?
PF: Definitely a lot of trial and error. I tried to watch youtube tutorials but I have a terribly short attention span so I often closed out of them after about 2 minutes haha. I kind of just approached it like learning a new instrument, kept at it for days on end learning the ins and outs of it all. I’m still learning loads about production every day, I don’t think the learning will ever end.
OTB: It’s obviously paid off! I remember the video you made of you burping and turning that into a beat. Does stuff like that normally inspire your sound? Not burping specifically haha, but other outside/natural noises?
PF: Absolutely, that’s the only way I can keep things fresh on my side. If I stick to the same sounds too often I get a bit claustrophobic if you know what I mean. I’ve always been a huge fan of using strange sounds within a track to give it a certain twist, even if they’re almost inaudible.
OTB: Well your production has been on point, that’s for sure. Speaking of production, you recently put out ‘Where We Were’ feat. Polina; how was it working with a vocalist who has worked with artists like Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, etc.
PF: That was actually a cool scenario. I remixed Steve Aoki’s track “Come With Me” about a year ago and she contacted my management about doing a track together because she liked my remix. It’s funny because she said like “even though you used about 3 seconds of my vocals, I still really liked it”. But yeah we met up and wrote the lyrics together to a completely different song last year, I wrote the idea for the current version this summer and then we rerecorded the vocals about 3 months ago. Long process for one track but I think it was worth it.
OTB: I’d say so! How has the reaction been when you play it in your live sets? Which track seems to be the most popular in your sets?
PF: “Where We Were” is super fun to play actually because the people that know the track obviously get excited but the people who don’t know it are kind of confused during the break and then the drop rolls around and they love it. Really funny to see those kind of reactions. As for the most popular track…my collab with Maor Levi “Wanna Be” still does serious damage every set so definitely that.
OTB: I remember hearing a lot of hype when you went to play during Yacht Week a couple years ago, was that one of your most memorable shows you’ve played? If it’s not, what has been?
PF: Yeah the Yacht Week was insane…lived on this giant boat for a week and played a show almost every night on a different part of Croatia. Pretty insane arriving to a venue in a little motorboat haha. But other than that, the shows I’ve done with Dada Life for their Dada Land Compound in Brooklyn, LA and San Fran were all ridiculous…big warehouse parties with some of the craziest crowds I’ve played to.
OTB: With all these different venues you’ve played, I’m sure there are a couple crazy stories. Any crazy story that stands out?
PF: Ah there are so many…lets see. Why don’t I round up a few in short blurbs to give you the picture of what I get myself into…
Back to the Yacht Week, there was this one time I played a set until like 7 am and the sun was fully up, we got lost on the way back to the boat and ended up climbing this giant sand mountain on the beach with this ridiculously drunk guy falling down multiple times. One time I got so drunk in San Fran that I literally lost all my stuff (headphones, SD cards, backpack, jacket) and spilled a drink on my laptop in one night. Luckily I found it all but I did have to buy a new laptop which was brutal. And lastly, while I was on the Love & War Tour with Wolfgang Gartner & Popeska, the crew from the tour and I ended up going to a stripclub across the street from the venue, in Seattle, because I had never been. They all just directed everything toward me and it was not the best of establishments so I’m not too thrilled to make my second trip to one haha.
OTB: Yeah, but hey, at least it was free. Anyways, kind of leads me into my next question. You recently turned 21 and went to NYC to celebrate, how was that night? If you can remember haha.
PF: Ahh it was so great, played at Lavo for it and it was my first time there. Insanely fun crowd and I had a lot of great homies around for it. Weirdly, I didn’t get that drunk haha, all my friends did though so I guess I did my job.
OTB: A little while ago you got a residency at Marquee, Avenue and Lavo. How was it playing at those venues/what did you feel like as soon as you heard that you had those residencies?
PF: Really crazy, it is my first and only residency so far! It’s been so great though, they’re such well respected clubs in New York as well as across the globe. Everyone in the nightlife world knows Tao Group and all of the Maruqees and Lavos under it, pretty amazing to be a part of it all.
OTB: If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
PF: Always a tough question…probably Sasha Ring (Apparat/Moderat) because his voice is incredible and his productions are just as incredible. Been listening to the Moderat album “II” on repeat for the past few weeks.
OTB: Any last words to say to all of your fans out there?
PF: A huge thank you for taking an interest in what I do and also a heads up for a ton of new music, new styles, revamped old styles, and everything in-between.
OTB: Great! And last question, one of my favorite non-edm related ones, if you could marry any celebrity, who would it be?
PF: So tough…probably either Natalie Portman or Miranda Kerr. That’s the worst question ever because there are too many good answers! Hahaha.
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