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DJ Pierre

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Can be considered one of the “founding fathers” of Acid House for his role in the development of the genre, specifically by being a member of Phuture, who released the 1987 E.P. Acid Trax which is considered by many to be the birth of Acid House.

He was born Nathaniel Pierre Jones, in the suburbs of Chicago. Other recording names inc’: Phuture Phantasy Club, Pierre’s Pfantasy Club & Photon Inc.

Along two other artists (friends) known as Spanky (Earl Smith Jr –founder/technical producer) and Herb J (Herbert R Jackson Jr - keyboards) he formed “Phuture” and together they accidentally discovered/invented the acid house noise referred to as “squelch”.

Whilst trying to find out how to use the Roland TB-303 bass line synthesizer machine they had purchased they came out with the squelch sound that is the essential component for a track to be classed as Acid House.

The three were inspired by the new House Music revolution that had emerged from their home town Chicago’s mid 1980’s scene where the Hot Mix 5 artists (Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Ralphi “The Razz” Rosario, Kenny “Jammin” Jason, Mickey “Mixin” Oliver and Scott “Smokin” Seals) were churning out hit after hit over the airwaves and tape and vinyl. Frankie Knuckles was DJing and the Warehouse club (where House Music is widely acknowledged to derive its name).

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