Pierce Fulton: Exclusive Interview
Fresh off a concert with Dada Life and Tritonal in Miami, and barrelling into 2014 with a New Year's Eve set at Decadence sandwiched in between Above & Beyond and BT, Pierce Fulton's status continues to skyrocket. Fulton, an American producer out of New England, has garnered support from the biggest names in electronic music, and DJs a monthly radio show on Tiësto’s SiriusXM channel, Club Life Radio. The talented producer has accomplished more by age 21 than many producers do in a lifetime, including rocking festivals like Electric Zoo, VELD Music Festival, and Ultra Music Festival. EDM.com had the pleasure of speaking with Fulton to pick his brain on how he got to where he is today.
(EDM.com = EDM.com Writer Robby Engle, PF = Pierce Fulton)
EDM.com: Pierce, thanks for taking the time to talk with us. You have played a lot of really huge shows recently, including your upcoming gig on New Year's Eve at Decadence, and you have toured with some incredible artists in the past. Do you have plans in the next year for starting your own tour?
PF: Nothing is planned yet, but I've always wanted to do a tour with all of the other up-and-comers that I'm also friends with. A tour with me, Audien, DallasK, Popeska, Charlie Darker, Michael Brun, Henry Fong, etc. would be ridiculously fun.
EDM.com: Recently, you have seen a lot of success with your remixes of Martin Solveig's "Hey Now" and Tritonal's "Now or Never." Do you have any other remixes that you are working on, and do you have plans to release some original productions soon?
PF: Those were actually the only two remixes I've done in the past few months, I've been working every day on new originals, but the remixes fill spaces between original releases, which is nice. “Where We Were” released in August, I think, so it's been a minute, but I've mostly been trying to stockpile a ton of stuff so it's not just one release and on to the next. For the people who have seen me play in the past two months, I've been opening with one new original that I'm super excited about! It is also the song in that Life In Color Honduras video that I posted of the crazy crowd. It’s awesome to see that kind of reaction to an unreleased song of mine.
EDM.com: Tell us a little about how you've gotten to this point. What was your musical background before you started to produce, and how has your life changed since you started producing?
PF: I had an interest in guitar when I was a little kid, I was like 4 or 5 [years old] and I got a toy one for Christmas, and then started actually playing probably around 6 or 7. Since then I've floated between instruments and genres, just always playing music. I got into production when I was still in a band in high school, and at the time I was messing with kind of experimental hip hop stuff. I think I was like 17 and a Venezuelan exchange student friend of mine showed me some mixes from like Carl Cox and Pete Tong, and it was just super different to me. Then I tried making house music and here I am. My life has changed a lot since I started producing. I never expected it to go anywhere, I just did it because I wanted a hobby that could tune out the rest of the world. I would sit in my high school's computer lab or my college's library with headphones on for hours just experimenting and learning more about production. I still don't even see it as my "job," it's just something I do regardless of if it can pay my rent.
EDM.com: When creating a new track, what’s one thing you want you listeners and fans to notice about your style?
PF: I really try and go out of my way to find odd sounds for my music. Not just samples and percussive type things, but even the types of melodies I'm writing and the synths that I'm using to execute those melodies. I can't be just content with a regular sounding song, even if it's sounding great and basic, I always have to do something to spice it up.
EDM.com: If you were to collaborate with one major dance music artist, who would it be?
PF: That's a tough one; I'd probably say Mat Zo. His sound design, in combination with his writing style, is insane.
EDM.com: Tell us about your studio and your production process. Do you go into the studio with certain ideas in mind, or do they come to you as you're trying to create new sounds?
PF: A bit of both. I sometimes wake up and I'm like, "how about trying out some old acid style stuff?" but other times I just play with plug-ins and sounds until something clicks. It's always very random - no order or routine, which is frustrating when it's your entire life, but also sort of exciting. My studio is pretty plain, just my laptop, Event 20/20BAS monitors and Sennheiser headphones.
EDM.com: What are some of your goals for the next year?
PF: A big goal is consistency. I think I say that every year because I just want some sort of control over my musical output, but it never really works out in a normal way (laughing). I'm just hoping I can have new originals coming every month or so and a few remixes sprinkled in here and there.
EDM.com: Tell us about one of your craziest experiences from touring.
PF: Honestly there are way too many...and most I wouldn't even tell (laughing). One great one was when I got so drunk that I only remembered the first track of my set, left all my DJ [stuff] at the club, went home in someone else's jacket, and broke my computer in one night. Luckily that was a one-time experience!
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