This man shares a 12" with Heko on French-based label Initial Cuts and has tracks on samplers for Safari Electronique, but it wasn’t until this year that the 'Gabita EP' marked Pierre LX’s first scene-stirring release. Serving up a good dose of unhurried deep house, the Frenchman recently features on the much-anticipated Simply Devotion mix from Cassy, an artist with whom he shares a similar sound and grace.
This Saturday we welcome the London-based Millennium Disco frontman to Room Three’s floor, alongside Matthew Styles and Ed Darling. In anticipation of his performance, we caught up with the self-confessed ‘film buff’ to speak about his fabric debut, his respect for the UK bass scene and how his mix should be heard over a nice brunch.
Big Strick - Boss Nigga! - FXHE Records
Baby Ford - Gravy Train - Perlon
Kate Simko - Take You There (Bruno Pronsato remix) - Spectral Sound
Odd Machine - Phase In - Non Standard Productions
ø - Atomit - Sähkö Recordings
Pattern Repeat - Ofetriade (Ben Klock remix) - Echocord Colour
F - Epilogue (Ramadanman rerub) - 7even Recordings
Shed - Masque (hidden) - Soloaction Records
Cab Drivers - Arcade (edit) - Plus 8
A Made Up Sound - Rework - A Made Up Sound
DBX - Flying Saucer - Accelerate
Shake - Indagoo - Morphine Records
Move D - Cymbelin - Warp Records
Martyn - Suburbia - Apple Pips Recordings
Aaliyah - We Need A Resolution (instrumental) - Blackground Records
Ikonika - We Could Be Ikons (remix of Eero Johannes) - Planet Mu Records
The World Class Wreckin Cru - Turn Off The Lights (instrumental) - Kru-Cut Records
What have you been up to recently?
Making beats… literally, I just received a new drum machine today!
You started your DJ career in Brazil – can you tell us about the electronic music scene over there, and how it has changed since you left?
I started playing in Curitiba with Pedro and Gorky (now Bonde Do Role). It was at the beginning of the whole electro wave and it seemed like we were the only ones pushing it over there. By now I’m guessing that kind of sound can be heard all over the local charts, just like anywhere else.
You moved to London in 2003 to study film and video art. Tell us about what interests you outside of music, and in what ways you stimulate your mind away from the DJ booth?
I am still involved in filmmaking and I watch films everyday, so you don’t want to get me started on that...But literature is also a major influence. I'm not a big fan of translations though, so mostly French novelists (Proust, Flaubert, Robbe-Grillet…) and Americans like Faulkner.
Sascha Dive recently told us, ‘Right now it feels like there's not as much good music out there as there was before. Most of all this so-called minimal/deep/Detroit house sounds all the same.’ What’s your response to this?
I find that kind of nostalgic argument to be very old-fashioned. There has always been a vast majority of mediocrity being produced in every domain. And even though the digital revolution might have helped the release of many talentless emulations, it has also engendered exciting new breeds of music. A quick look at the UK bass music scene alone (Hyperdub, Hessle Audio, the Bristol crew...) will show you that 2009 has been a very exciting place to be.
Deep house has gone through exciting expansions over the last several months. How do you oscillate between different styles when shopping for new dance music or picking tracks to play in a set?
When it comes to deep house, I have to admit I haven't really been impressed by much lately (maybe with the exception of John Roberts). But I really enjoy playing long sets where I can slowly cover many different tempos and styles. So when I go to a record store, I go through every section (urban, industrial, disco...) and when I'm done I just go and hit a different record store.
You’re originally from Paris - in what ways has this influenced your music style today?
When I was 16, I got interested in the idea of clubbing, so one day I picked up a magazine and read about some German label having a showcase at the Batofar. I went there by myself - Closer Musik (Matias Aguayo and Dirk Leyers) were playing live and it sounded like nothing I'd ever heard before. By the time I saw Tobias Thomas and Superpitcher later that night, I decided that was the kind of music I wanted to make.
It’s heating up to be a big weekend at fabric. We’ve got Magda’s album launch and a Kompakt showcase, not to mention you’ll be joining Matthew Styles and Ed Darling in Room Three. How are you feeling about Saturday? And who’s going to get you on the dancefloor first?
I couldn't have dreamt of a better night to make my fabric debut. Most of Saturday's guests have had a huge influence on my music, especially Craig and Matthew as I used to listen to them on a weekly basis. It is a real honour for me to be sharing a line-up with them and I will probably be dancing until the very end.
Your promo mix celebrates a great mix of music styles. Talk us through your influences and ideas for the mix and where it would be best heard?
Due to time constraints, this mix was totally improvised in one take, leisurely going through my record collection at home over a cup of green tea. Instead of trying to emulate a club mix without an audience, I thought it would be more interesting to share some of the sounds that currently stimulate me as a musician. So it's really dedicated to the home listener, with a focus on selection rather than the odd transition. I think it would be ideal for a long bus journey...or a nice brunch.
Who would you compare your sound to right now?
I suppose Cassy would be the obvious candidate for many reasons. Like her, I take my cues from the original Perlon crew - Zip, Thomas Melchior, Baby Ford, etc...Intelligent House Music.
What productions and remixes are you working on at the moment? And what can we look forward to from you in the future?
I've just done a couple of remixes - for Heartbreak on Lex Records and a new artist called Enola on Initial Cuts - but mainly I've been focusing on building up an analog recording studio and I'm hoping it will be fully operational by January 2010.