Washington-based Pierre Reynolds has over 20 years of experience as a DJ and has been signed to international House labels such as Smooth Agent Tracks and Soul Edit Recordings for his fresh take on House music.
Inspired by the greats such as Masters At Work and Kerri Chandler, Pierre Reynolds has well and truly put his own stamp on House music as shown in his upcoming release ‘Jazzfrican’ released on 17th November. Pierre oozes passion for the music he makes and plays as you can see from the interview below.
1 – Hi Pierre, how are you and what’s going on in your world at the moment?
The all-consuming studio life! 2018 has been very good to me in terms of my music production and has been well received by the industry. Most of my days and nights have been spent finishing up and creating new projects.
The number of labels I release under has been growing as of late, spurring me on to do continuous work. My DJ side has been calling me to the decks resulting in a handful of recent gigs in cities like New York, Detroit, Philadelphia and my hometown of DC. My heart beats for both production and playing live so I’m enjoying my moves lately.
2 — Where are you currently based?
I am currently living in Washington D.C. My studio is located a few miles south of the city so I spend most of my days going to and from both locations.
3 — How would you describe your sound?
My sound is classically eclectic. When listening to my productions you can easily hear the foundational elements expected of the track’s genre. At the same time, I will intentionally inject instruments and uncommon sounds to a genre, which I believe creates quite a musical cocktail. In addition, as far as I know, I am the only producer that will put big EDM style drops in soulful tracks. If you listen to my song ‘In My Arms’ (Original Mix) I take the time to build up a big room drop that few, if any, are doing the same style song would do.
4 – Has your style gone through any changes over the years?
My sound has become so much more musical and rhythmic since I first started producing in 2016. I may not be qualified to call myself a musician; however, I have painstakingly taught myself chord progression which has allowed me to make what would have been considered just a track into a song. If you go through my catalog from my first release to the latest you will see a steady rise in musicality and rhythm. Whether I’m doing original production or a remix, the compositional aspects have grown.
5 — Who were your influences growing up?
Being musically raised in the DC/Baltimore rave and house music scene I was never short of influences. Some well-known names would include: Masters At Work, Kerri Chandler, Mark Farina, DJ Sneak and Dennis Ferrer. Other names you may not know but were no less influential would be: Sam ‘The Man’ Burns, Ivan Gregory, and Charles Feelgood
6 – How did you get involved in the Dance music business?
I consider it a calling for me. Prior to DJing and producing, I lived on the dancefloor. My entire adolescent life was spent clubbing from dusk till dawn. When I encountered my first pair of turntables I was riveted, realizing I could have the music on my own terms. As years when on I wanted more control over the music so production was the next logical step. I was a great DJ but production would be a whole other ball of wax. As with my DJ’ing, I kept my productions under wraps until I felt it was audience-worthy. I was very unsure about how actual listeners would respond to my work. However, after 6 labels signings and several Top 100 Traxsource charting releases, I think I just may have a knack for this.
7 — Where would you like to see yourself in the months ahead?
I would like to step onto the club circuit and play more venues than I have given myself the opportunity to do. The last two years I have been focusing so much on my productions. Now with my initial body of work created and well received I believe its time to turn my attention back to the dance floor. I have developed a great work-life balance so I will always be producing while pursuing more club engagements.
8 — Which is your ultimate career dream?
My dance music career vision would be best compared to Black Coffee. I love what he has done for himself, his country, his music, and the industry. There are two kinds of success in life; there is good success and bad success. I believe he has achieved the former. In this industry, you really can make a difference in people’s lives through your music and positive influence. In addition to making music that has propelled the industry to new heights, he also is very encouraging and positive. These types of outcomes are most important to me in terms of what I want to bring and one-day leaves behind.
9 — Who’s inspiring you in 2018?
I have already mentioned Black Coffee so let me add some other names like: Louie Vega, Ultra Nate, Oscar P, and Sean Smith (Smooth Agent). Whether you know the names mentioned or not these are people’s grind I respect and learn from.
10 — If you could choose, who would you like to collaborate with?
That’s a tough one. In this moment in time it would have to be Black Coffee. Have I mentioned his name enough yet?
11 – Tell us something not many people know about Pierre Reynolds!
I love classical music as much as I love dance music! But don’t worry I won’t be playing any Mozart at the club; unless of course, I happen to create some banging remix.