While rising talent Pierce Fulton isn’t attending class, there’s a good chance he’s probably in the studio recording his next release or touring the nation— who else can say that?! Having just been announced on the second phase of Ultra Music Festival, Pierce has quite the upcoming lineup with SnowBall 2012 and Electro Beach in Puerto Vallarta (which PB&J is sponsoring) already on the list.
With a sound that we all love but can’t describe, Pierce stands to make a solid impact in the EDM community this year. Coming fresh off his recent remix of Felix Cartal’s Domo, we got the chance to ask Pierce a few questions. We discuss his upcoming tour schedule, Electro Beach, Fulton’s craziest experience after a show and the one breakfast food that Pierce can cook better than you! Check out Tiesto featuring his remix of ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ below and hit the jump to see the full interview…
Tiesto supports Don’t Be Afraid (Pierce Fulton Remix) [Club Life 255]
So we’re pumped that you’re playing the PB&J sponsored Electro Beach, what kind of surprises can we expect from your set down in Puerto Vallarta?
Not sure yet! Haven’t really thought too much about it because I have 2 shows right before…2 in one day actually. Snowball in Colorado during the day and then Wild Knight in Arizona at night. Pretty hectic week for me..but in terms of surprises, I’d say to the people who haven’t seen me play yet, I go kinda nuts so get ready.
From SMS to your first few bootlegs, Yacht Week and now a different show around the country every weekend, how has ‘the road to success’ been treating you?
It’s been quite the journey. A lot has happened so fast and sometimes I don’t even get a second to think about it, but I absolutely love it. I wouldn’t say I’m entirely enthusiastic about school but traveling every weekend keeps college refreshing. I’m just gonna keep making music, have fun, and see what happens next I guess.
What does your release schedule look like for the rest of the year? Any epic collaborations coming up?
I think I’m gonna be putting out a lot of originals this year. I’m really trying to have consistent output just to keep things fresh. I’ll have some remixes of course and in terms of collaborations…I have one with this Finnish group Something Good coming out hopefully soon and a few others in the works. I think this year is looking good.
You have a different sound than most American producers your age, how would you describe it and who are some of your major influences?
My sound is always a hard one to describe. I don’t really stick with a particular style ever, some electro influences, house, trance, progressive, etc. I just try to make stuff that makes me jump around. As for the influences, Eric Prydz is always my go-to guy for this type of question. He’s just got everything going on, all styles from Cirez D to Pryda and I love that.
Of all the places you’ve played before, which would be your favorite?
Hmm, I’d say XS in Vegas because the venue is ridiculous and they have the best room service at Encore haha.
If you had to opportunity to work with any one producer (or group) who would it be and why?
Probably Mat Zo, his current sound is just so awesome and I really enjoy his productions.
What’s one thing that our readers should know definitely about Pierce Fulton?
That I can cook some killer eggs.
An Introduction To Pierce Fulton
There seem to be so few American producers/DJ’s currently in the game, how do you feel about the rise of EDM in the US and where it’s headed?
To be honest, I can’t really predict where it’s going. It could easily just wash away in a year or stay around for a long time (which would be much better) but regardless, I look forward to seeing where it does go.
What inspired you to take your musical talents in guitar and piano and start making house music?
I was in a band when I first discovered electronic music and I think the fact that it was so different from anything I’d ever heard is what pulled me in. Growing up playing music did help a lot for writing so I’m happy I was raised the way I was.
With such a rapid rise to success, starting off with remixes of “Ola Del Mar” and “Touch Me”, how do some of your newer productions differ from those earlier works?
Well I was writing much more “melody based” music back then, not really keeping the club aspect in mind. I think in the past year I’ve tried to really combine my traditional melody writing with a harder club feel. It’s funny though because I sometimes listen to those oldies and totally forgot that they even existed.
Do you get the chance to bring some of your buddies on tour with you as your DJ career begins to take shape?
Yeah, I really try to get my friends to some of the east coast shows, it always makes it so much more fun. Eventually when I have some cash racked up I’ll fly them out to the big ones.
What’s the craziest experience you’ve had either during or after a gig?
Hahaha I told this story in another interview but I’ll tell it again because it’s amazing…So it was during The Yacht Week and I’d just finished a set at like 7:30 am or something, it was me, my brother/manager, a Yacht Week crew member and then just one of the guests that week. We had to walk back to the big boat we were living on and got lost on the beaches of some random island in Croatia. Eventually we were on the beach and there was this like 20 foot sand mountain we had to get over, all of us climbed up it except the guest because he was super drunk. He kept rolling back down the hill and we were all laughing to tears. I’ve just never had to trek through the beach after a gig and it was pretty absurd.
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