Official live video for Brooklyn-based electronic artist Pierce Fulton's 2015 progressive house single Kuaga!
Free download: http://soundcloud.com/piercefulton/ku...
Kuaga is available on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/Kuaga
Remix package: http://www.beatport.com/release/kuaga...
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SIT DOWN WITH ELECTRIC VIBES AFTER YOUR INCREDIBLE SET, HOW WAS TOMORROWLAND?
So Sick, only two weeks ago. So fun, such a cool festival. There's just something really crazy about TomorrowLand because it's one of the only global festivals I've played where it's not just Belgium in the crowd. It's from the entire world. So many people fly there and it's weirder because it's in this tiny town in Belgium called Boom. The whole town leaves for the week that TomorrowLand goes on. I'm pretty sure the government gives them like a paid vacation to leave, it's so much fun.
EXCITED FOR YOUR TOMORROWWORLD PERFORMANCE?
So I've done TomorrowLand twice, this will be my first TomorrowWorld. What's cool is I just learned about it right before TomorrowLand so one after the other, I'm very excited.
HOW'S THE LANDMINES VIDEO COMING ALONG?
It's good, haven't really talked too much about it. I played it today, toward the end of my set. I've only been playing it at a few shows. It's this new track on Armada that's coming out next month. The video I've just started working on it last week and it's pretty close to being done. I did this making of my overload remix. It's pretty similar to that where it's this sort of back to back sequence of everything being built. Mostly because this particular song is 80% recorded stuff so the entire break is all guitar stuff that I did and the drop lead is a guitar. So it's a lot of organic material which is fun. It's nice to do a video like that because you get to see a little bit of an inside look into what goes on. Plus it's fun to make.
HOW'S THE L.A. MOVE?
I keep saying I'm a Bohmeian because I moved out of New York last week and I move to LA in September. So I'm in this sort of like a limbo month. All my stuff is at my Parents and I either stay in New York with them or I'm traveling. My brother lives in New York still and a good friend who actually lives in the same building so it's really convenient. For the next month I'm going to be going there before every show so I'll have all my flights out of JFK and La Guardia.
ARE YOU ORGINALLY FROM NEW YORK?
I'm actually from Vermont, moved to New York three years ago. I just thought after three years I had my time here. I'm going to try somewhere else. I feel if I hadn't decided to move now I would probably never move. Just seems like a good time.
MORE OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE?
Yes because L.A. really is the home for Pop Music, there's just alot of people there just to write music. It's just fun to work with vocalists in person and not over skype.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW ARTISTS?
I've been asked this question a lot, it's sort of a tough answer for people to hear but there's a lot of producers that are just kind of recreating stuff that they like about other artists. Which I think is educational and a good exercise but I hate when people get locked into other people's style. There's only so much of one style that can be accepted. I think at the end of the day they're always searching for new stuff, and it might not be everyone but there are a lot of people that are on the forefront of looking for new music. There can only be so many Kygo or Skrillex, you need to try to carve your own path. There's nothing against to be a tropical house producer or dubstep whatever if that's what you want to do but if you're really really trying to be your own artist it's really healthy to not follow any rules and do what you want to do. Even if it is in a certain genre that's existing, it's fine but at least try to find your way to make it special and your own unique sound. If you're going to be a progressive house producer do something that makes it your own style. I like to say when I feel like I've found my sound, it's when I have a sound I can define and not a sound that can define me. If you know what I mean. Currently I'm a progressive house producer, so you can say "progressive house producer Fulton" but I rather have "Pierce Fulton, the sound". That's my ultimate goal I think.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU NEXT?
I play San Francisco at Ruby Sky next weekend. Then the Mid in Chicago the week after that, and then I go to India for a week at the end of August. I think I have Electric Zoo in early September, a lot of really good shows coming up. Then TomorrowWorld after that.
FIRST TIME TO INDIA?
That tour just came about this summer and I'm super excited. I've never been & luckily I became friends with one of the guys who is part of the company that is bringing me on there that's called Submerge, his name is Nikhil. I met him at TomorrowLand last year and we became homies, hung out the whole festival and now I'm doing a show with him, I'm so excited.
WHAT'S SOME HECTIC EXPERIENCES YOU'VE HAD TRAVELING?
I must say two shows in one day is gnarly. One time I did Syracuse during the day and show in Connecticut at night. Had a car going from one way to the other and it's not THAT gnarly but I was just talking to Nate Audien who played right after me. He's playing Moonrise then Nashville tonight and Connecticut tomorrow. I was talking to him before since he's a good friend of mine and he's got a crazy schedule. It's not crazy but at the end of the whole thing you're like "holy shit I was in three different states in two days". Yeah that stuff's gnarly. If you're smart it's not bad at all. If you don't drink and get a right amount of sleep. If you're like a party animal you're so dead.
HOW WOULD YOU SAY THE VIBE OF AN AMERICAN CROWD DIFFERS FROM A EUROPEAN ONE?
I think a big thing is I try to brand myself as a kind of American DJ. Alot of people think I'm French or British for some reason, I don't know why, can't answer that. I think the big difference with an American crowd is they're like "This kid is from here!" unlike some European DJ. I think my listener range is mostly kids my age so I think it's nice for them to see someone that could be their friend or is their friend you know what I mean. There's this sort of association of like "I could have been in class with him & he's doing his thing". I think there's a sort of bond with that which is cool. It's this kind of homegrown vibe. I love that, I try to encourage that.
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By: Oscar Valencia & Kelly Flores
Photo Credit: Kelly Flores for Electric Vibes