So, Phuture at Berghain, are you guys excited?
Pierre: We are looking forward to playing Berghain. I’ve played it quite a times solo, but as a group this will be a new one under our belt.
Spanky: I am very excited about the new chapter we are about to embark on with DJ Pierre re-joining the group and the new addition of Rio “The Musician”.
Do you think Berlin understands Acid?
Spanky: Yes I think Berlin understands Acid by the overwhelming positive feedback we have been receiving. We are very excited about going and can’t wait to perform for Berlin!
Pierre: We know Berlin is one of the cradles for the evolution of this music, so we are convinced Berlin knows Acid House. It took Ron Hardy, the first DJ who captivated us as kids in Chicago, four times to explain what this sound was. First time he played Acid tracks it cleared the floor. But he kept at it…and said to the people, there is something here. He played it a fourth and final time and there was pandemonium. There had been nothing like this before and it took some time for people to see what we saw.
You are quite picky with touring dates and venues, how do you like to tour?
Pierre: And yes, very picky because we have a legacy to uphold. We love the touring aspect because our fans are so loyal and we respond to what they bring. They show up and they give us 100% attention, it makes the energy in the room crazy hyped…and full.
What do you think about the newer generation of party goers and electronic musicians?
Pierre: Spank and I had to get that rhythm we had going over 20 years ago and at the same time I had to manage my DJ Pierre solo tours. So it’s taken us about two years to get to this point. We have set up a structured way and we abide by that, right now we need to come together as one – as Phuture. We also incorporated Rio “The Musician” – as he is known. You will hear and see his contribution more in our productions because he is a true musician.
Tell us just a bit about your live tech set-up and how you have evolved technically these past few years.
Pierre: It’s based on our old analog set up anyhow. The vocoder for the Cocaine voice, the 808, 909 and the TB 3. That’s all Phuture.
Your Only Friend, Fantasy Girl, do these tracks still make you as happy as they make the crowd happy?
Pierre & Spanky: Absolutely!
Pierre: I can’t even begin to explain the smiles on faces when we play these tracks. It’s very satisfying as an artist to experience that, even 20 years later.
Spanky: Hearing music from anybody from the guys I started working with back in the 80’s makes me very proud and happy to be associated with a bunch of true talented guys. The best thing about our music, you can still play it today and get a rise out of people.
How do you see Phuture’s future, and the future of Acid and dance music and clubbing in general?
Pierre: Amazing future ahead, nothing but good things. We have nothing to prove so that hustle is not needed and we can just concentrate on being artists and making music. Acid House is here with a vengeance, it’s taking no prisoners. Kids want Acid!
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