Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Formerly the owner of the infamous Phat Beat Records in Cape Town, Pierre-Estienne left his stamp on the local scene by at first supplying the tightest of grooves to the local heads through his highly respected store, and then by bringing like-minded individuals such as former Cream resident DJ 'Phat' Phil Cooper, Faith resident DJ/promoter Stuart Patterson and Gigolo Records' Filippo 'Naughty' Moscatello to grace the decks and take people on hedonistic voyages true to the spirit of acid house in the Mother City.
After having moved to Taiwan in 2002, he brought with him his expert selection, educated ears and infectious enthusiasm for all things house to the island. Anyone who experienced any of his 6-hour plus sets at The Sound Garden will testify to his ability to make the break of another day a truly special and spiritual experience with his eclectic selections that perfectly suited the mood and had people dancing well beyond the break of dawn.
In November 2004 he formed The Beat Symposium with Marc Kets due to a frustration with the local scene and the lack of quality music being played in the clubs in Taiwan at the time. The Beat Symposium was a massive success with feature articles in The Taipei Times, The China Post and POTS all a result of the reputation that was built on the back of the events, such as the 'I Love…' series held at venues such as Eden and Boven in Taipei and was a success story built on two friends obvious love for a wide-array of music and resulted in sold out events each and every time as well as guest spots at events such as Taiwan's premier deep house night, Deep Inside.
In 2005 he got asked to be the resident DJ at Ministry of Sound Taipei where he proved his diversity by being equally adept at playing both warm-up and peak-time sets with the highlight being selected to open for the legendary Danny Rampling who was bringing an end to his career at the time. Pierre-Estienne was lauded by the local press and his time in Taipei culminated with him headlining the Ministry of Sound New Year’s celebrations alongside the UK’s Hyper to rapturous applause and glowing reports in the local media.
In 2006 he made the decision to return to Cape Town upon which he was made resident DJ at Roosevelt, the city’s newest top-end venue and he was been given carte blanche by the owners to play whatever he pleased.
Pierre-Estienne is currently resident DJ on the Global Breakthrough tour in Cape Town and over the past two years he has expertly provided the support for the likes of Lee Burridge, DJ Spen, Steve Bug, Ame, Diplo, Henrik Schwarz, Luciano and Clive Henry. He will also be making his second appearance at the Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi later in the year, a festival which has been described in the Guardian as the perfect place to open your ears and your hearts in a surrounding unlike any other.
Pierre-Estienne is a DJ with the talent and drive to reach the pinnacle of the profession with his unique take on house that takes in everything from disco and proto-house tunes to the deepest of grooves and a dash of the cutting-edge all served up with a huge dollop of soul and enthusiasm that always guarantee full dancefloors of smiling, whooping and hollering punters soaking in a man who has devoted his life to music.
Download his latest mix here.
Unknown artist - Sigh - (2001 and one rmx)
Naughty - world of a woman (max skiba rmx)
tj kong & nuno de santos feat robert owens - merging
still going - still going theme
k.i.d. - hupendi muziki wangu?
marcello giordani - respect yourself (mr naughty rmx)
the chaplin band - il veliero
donald byrd and 125th St, NYC - Love Has Come Around