Pier Bucci is on a quest to create his own vision of complex atmospheric rhythms. Emerging in the mid 00’s alongside an excitingly talented collection of Chilean electronic acts, Pier began his music career with the pivotal Crosstown Rebels label. This would prove to be a prosperous partnership as Pier delivered an outstanding run of releases between 2004 and 2007 along with the highly acclaimed ‘Famila’ album – one of the highlights of 2005.
This success, along with an early release on Cadenza, established him as a unique talent, and developed his personal sound. His take on techno uses classic Latin rhythms and vocals, a love of abstract electronics, and Sheffield bleeps, which is combined with his haunting Andean melodies. Colourful characters zip through Pier’s music, making a distinctive collage of influences, of course always underpinned by solid dance floor beats. A&R Simon Huxtable wanted to find out more…
Hi Pier, thanks for finding the time to speak with us at Decoded Magazine. How has your day been so far?
Wonderful, life is great!
Can you tell us about growing up in Chile?
When did dance music arrive and how available was the music in those early days? My childhood in Chile was peaceful. I first started listening to electronic music on the late 80s. I could not tell much about dance music in Chile coz since 20 years old I was traveling around the world, listening to Aphex Twin, Autechre, 808 state and British music mostly. Actually, Warp Records was my favourite.
In 1995 I was in South Africa where trance music was the thing. At the time, dance music was not the kind of music I was interested in. Returning back to Chile in 1999, I devoted all my time in producing music, creating projects like Skip Sapiens, Mambotur and along with my brother Andres, the Bucci project.
In Chile, the people that surrounded me were much more informed on music than here in Europe. Being so far away from the epicenter of electronic music, their interest was focused more in deep and eclectic sounds.
Which clubs in Santiago came to prominence, and are they still running today?
La Feria has always been a club for dance music, with local DJs that is still running today, hosting international artists as well. Actually I am playing there at the end of October.
Your career started in around 2000 with your first track Yahow, but in 2002 you moved with your brother to Berlin. What prompted the move, and how did you find living in Germany to begin with?
I moved to Berlin in 2002. At the time I had signed a contract with Multicolor Recordings for my first album with Mambotur. Basically, I arrived in Germany directly to tour at festivals and clubs. Also, as soon as I arrived, I released the first Bucci EP on WMF Records. My first 3 years in Germany, I was spending 16 hours per day in the studio. Germany, is mmmm Germany!
Talk us through working with your brother as Bucci. You did pretty well together..
My brothers, Andres and Juan, were already living in Germany so mainly I have learned most about producing through them. Andres is an incredible producer! Working with family can be one of the best things.
Of course you really came into your own as a solo artist during the minimal explosion with standout track ‘Hey Consuelo’. At the time, did you think you had such a big track on your hands?
It was a complete surprise for me of how big the Hey Consuelo track went. If you work with love though, you are sacredly condemned to succeed. I have put all my passion for music in the album “Familia”.
What’s happening in the studio these days? Any new releases?
There is a lot happening in the studio right now. I have an EP coming out soon on the Berlin-based label Sender Records. Plus there is a new album of my project iSKRENNE, on Black Rock Records from England, which will be released at the end of this year. Also I have another album produced along with Menwar, a musician from Mauritius Island, amazing African music. Back to Pier Bucci, I just finished my new album entitled “Anika” which is scheduled for later on in 2016.
We are now working on the production and it will be released on Maruca Music. Also I have some more music coming up. An album using only a moog rogue from 1973. You can listen a preview of it in my Soundcloud page. Another Pier Bucci album that I still have to mix and master. Finally an acoustic experiment album where I sing using only a microphone and playing instruments such as African drums, flute, South American interments, calimbas, and shakers. The result is incredible but it has nothing to do with electronic music, it is more personal, more spiritual.
Talk us through the development of your label – Maruca Music. Was it difficult to attract the bigger names to the label?
Maruca music is a personal label. Its goal is to produce music along with different people from different countries such as Poland, Russia and Romania for example. The releases are either mine along with someone else, either just mine.
I am not interested in big names for the releases, I am just looking for good music. This year, Maruca joined forces with Vinyl Club and we released remixes from Soul Capsule of the track ‘Mi Canto’, from my album ‘Amigo’. That’s the idea of Maruca, to bring people together, to produce and release music.
Given what you know now, and the way the industry has changed in the last 5 years, would you still consider starting a label now? What advice would you give to anyone thinking about it?
It is always the right time to start something new, new music, new labels. The recommendation would be to be original, to do it with passion. The problem lately has been that everyone is focused on what others do. In my opinion, the most important is originality and diversity. Don‘t fear it!
With SFXE in trouble again and the copyright issues facing sites like Soundcloud, would it be fair to say 2015 has been a difficult year for dance music? How do you see the next few years developing?
The Internet is killing dance music. There is so much to explore on this area, so much to do with the ritual of dance. For me the problem is that there is too much of the same, there is conformity and no risk. Dance music is living on the past of what is was accomplished on the 80s – 90 s and the beginning of the 2000.
There is no new substance. But always crisis leads people to create new things and that’s good. There are super good DJs and producers that they don‘t get to have so much exposure since dance music has become business and this factor creates monopoly. I hope that soon there will be a new revolution on dance music. I think that the last revolution in dance music, was created by South American people here in Europe, 10 to 15 years ago.
I strongly believe that the development of music in the next few years will arise from the third world, and from new generations of the already developed countries because of the crisis that will lead them to create.
With another ADE all wrapped up and finished, we prepare for WMC in the new year. How do you find music conferences generally?
They are inspiring coz all the music family gathers in one place, so there is a lot to listen and to share.
Let’s move on to DJing. Can you talk us through your home set up?
Actually I perform only live therefore in my studio there are several analog machines, plus a good studio mixer. Very important are my monitors as well.
It seems NI and Pioneer are bringing out new products all the time. Do you feel a pressure to keep up to date with all the latest ideas?
The market is full of new products. I think it is up to the consumer to decide. Personally, I just keep my winning team.
Well Pier, It’s been brilliant to chat, I wish you well in the future.
Thanks guys, have a nice year.