DJ Pierre

DJ Pierre

Real Name:
Nathaniel Pierre Jones
DJ Pierre is the stage name of Nathaniel Pierre Jones, a Chicago born DJ and performer of house music. He helped to develop the house music subgenre of Acid House as member of Phuture, whose 1987 E.P. Acid Tracks, which has been called the "first Acid House recording. Jones has been labeled by some as a "crucial DJ and the production wizard partly responsible for the development of Chicago acid-house."


Jones has recorded under the names DJ Pierre, Phuture, Phuture Phantasy Club, Pierre's Pfantasy Club, and Photon Inc. He formed the group Phuture with his friends Spanky (Earl Smith Jr. –founder/technical producer) and Herb J (Herbert R Jackson Jr. - keyboards). During the mid-1980s, the trio began using the "squelch" sound that became common in Acid House recordings after their initial experiments with a Roland TB-303 bass line synthesizer produced these "squelch" sounds. Living in the Chicago area, they were exposed to many house artists, such as Hot Mix 5 artists (Farley "Jackmaster" Funk, Ralphi "The Razz" Rosario, Kenny "Jammin" Jason, Mickey "Mixin" Oliver and Scott "Smokin" Seals) who were producing many tapes and vinyl recordings. Frankie Knuckles was DJing and the Warehouse club (where House Music may have derived its name).

Pierre and Spanky had been to Chicago DJ Ron Hardy's club called "Muzic Box." The first Acid House track they recorded was 'Acid Tracks' (renamed by Ron Hardy from its original title 'In Your Mind'), which had a slow burning, bassy, heavy, deep sound, and which was over eleven minutes long. Their first track was put on tape and first played in the Music Box club in the mid-1980s. Ron Hardy played it several times on its first night. It was rerecorded at Trax Records (produced by Marshall Jefferson) and released in 1986.

DJ Pierre went on to record many of the early Acid House tracks on Trax Records under the names Phuture, Phuture Pfantasy Club, Pierre's Pfantasy Club (with Felix Da Housecat), Phortune with songs such as Your Only Friend (Cocaine), The Creator, String Free, Got The Bug, Box Energy, Dream Girl, Mystery Girl, Fantasy Girl, We Are Phuture, Slam and Spank Spank. One of the tracks has a voiceover proclaiming "We are The Creator of Acid Music and we're back." DJ Pierre's track 'Your Only Friend' has an anti-drug message.
[edit] Post-Chicago

In 1990, DJ Pierre moved away from Chicago, where the House Music scene was slowing down and joined Strictly Rhythm records, where he was also briefly the A&R manager. One of the problems that DJ Pierre and other Chicago House music artists faced was that they did not usually own their own copyrights; the music they produced was sometimes exported and licensed overseas, and they were not able to share in these revenues. Other hits he released since leaving Chicago include Generate Power by Photon Inc, Follow Me by Aly Us, and The Horn Song (featuring Barbara Tucker). He is still DJing and producing; on January 14, 2007 he appeared on Pete Tong's Essential Mix on British BBC Radio 1.

DJ Pierre Discography


FLO 4599 2, FLO 4599-2 DJ Pierre And Orlando Voorn DJ Pierre And Orlando Voorn - Hot Wax Volume One - Floorwax Floorwax, Floorwax FLO 4599 2, FLO 4599-2 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
none DJ Pierre Remix/Production Reel(CDr, Smplr, Promo) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1325-4-JS D.J. Pierre* Come And Fly With Me (Single) Jive 1325-4-JS US 1990 Sell This Version
1369-1-JDAB DJ Pierre Time & Time Again Jive 1369-1-JDAB US 1990 Sell This Version
MR012 DJ Pierre Featuring LaVette DJ Pierre Featuring LaVette - I Might Be Leavin' U Movin' Records MR012 US 1991 Sell This Version
SR12106 DJ Pierre Muzik / Muzik Is Life Strictly Rhythm SR12106 US 1992 Sell This Version
SR 1278 DJ Pierre Love Trax Strictly Rhythm SR 1278 US 1992 Sell This Version
KGBT 005PP Dharma B Meet DJ Pierre Dharma B Meet DJ Pierre - Love Talks(12", Promo) Internal Affairs KGBT 005PP UK 1992 Sell This Version
EM742, EM742-1 DJ Pierre Presents Phuture Scope DJ Pierre Presents Phuture Scope - Plastic / Hands Of Time(12", Promo) Emotive Records, Emotive Records EM742, EM742-1 US 1993 Sell This Version
Y-13899 DJ Pierre Presents Doomsday DJ Pierre Presents Doomsday - Atom Bomb (Maxi) Tribal America Y-13899 US 1993 Sell This Version
SR12199 DJ Pierre To Tha Muzik / Fall / Give Me What I Want Strictly Rhythm SR12199 US 1993 Sell This Version
SR308 CD DJ Pierre DJ Pierre (Comp) Strictly Rhythm SR308 CD US 1994 Sell This Version
X25-58234 DJ Pierre Featuring Lavette DJ Pierre Featuring Lavette - Muzik Set You Free (Maxi) Tribal America X25-58234 US 1994 Sell This Version
SR12249 D.J. Pierre* Blazing Inferno / Fire Drill Strictly Rhythm SR12249 US 1994 Sell This Version
EM750-1 DJ Pierre Selections From The Remix Vault (Vol. 1) Emotive Records EM750-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
NE 20078 DJ Pierre Presents Shock Wave Encore DJ Pierre Presents Shock Wave Encore - War Drums / Wonderful Nervous Records NE 20078 US 1994 Sell This Version
SR12368 DJ Pierre Mind Bomb Strictly Rhythm SR12368 US 1995 Sell This Version
EM780-1 The Wild Pitch Brothers - Maurice* & DJ Pierre The Wild Pitch Brothers - Maurice* & DJ Pierre - Mutherfucker Come Here(12") Emotive Records EM780-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
SR EP8 DJ Pierre Mind Explosion (EP) Strictly Rhythm, Strictly Rhythm SR EP8 US 1995 Sell This Version
SUW007TP DJ Pierre You Got Me (12", Promo) Subwoofer SUW007TP UK 1995 Sell This Version
EM 764-1 DJ Pierre I Believe In Music / Don't Bring Me Down (But Let Me) Emotive Records EM 764-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
SR12352 D.J. Pierre* Presents Spank-Spank* D.J. Pierre* Presents Spank-Spank* - I Believe Strictly Rhythm SR12352 US 1995 Sell This Version
K007 DJ Pierre Jump Shout(12") Kumba Records K007 US 1995 Sell This Version
EMT316-1 DJ Pierre vs. Danell* DJ Pierre vs. Danell* - I Love The Way You Love Emotive Tracks EMT316-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
TWDM-55283 DJ Pierre Jesus On My Mind (Maxi, Single) Twisted America Records TWDM-55283 US 1996 Sell This Version

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October 2, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
Pierre is blessed Soul.
Raised in a Christian environment, he learned since the beginning the importance of goodwill, solidarity, honesty, humility, compassion and most of all spirituality - which made him a trustful & honorable person.
He felt in Love with Music since the beginning - and was primarly influenced by Jazz (his father used to play clarinet and had the chance to be on Duke Ellington's group) and Funk (during the era of Parliament-Funkadelic & ZAPP).

On the early eighties, he started to DJ, and it was the other pioneer Lil'Louis who mainly called him to play on his events in Chicago (Pierre used to live in a city about one hour from the 'windy') - like the big event on the Bismarck Pavillion, in 1985, with a five thousand people audience (Pierre had to play for two hours, but he drove the crowd mad, and made a six hour DJ set)!

Since the high school, he had the chance to share his musical thoughts with Earl 'Spanky' Smith, which strongly suggested him to go to the legendary Music Box, whose resident Ron Hardy would inspire them and at the same time play their first big production as Phuture - Acid Trax (1985).

The ensemble of his music projects, such as Phuture, Phortune & Wild Pitch, was crucial to the history of House music. His tracks inspired a large number of producers that came after him.

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