In the latest edition of our Introducing series we spoke to legendary Cornwall DJ Piers Kirwan. Piers Kirwan has been spinning and producing records since the 80’s, and has got his start playing parties around his hometown in the 90’s at various local venues such as The Bowgie, where he played with Aphex Twin. Since then he found his found his own fame when he formed the group Stereo Mutants with Si Gordon. The two went on to find success releasing records on labels such as Defected, Cayenne Recordings, and Soulfuric Records to name a few.
We had a chat with Piers about his time as a DJ in the 90’s, challenges, and how to stay authentic.
Was a career within the electronic music industry always a goal of yours? If so, when did that become your choice and what pushed you to pursue it?
Yes I have always loved electronic music from an early age; Kraftwerk, Human League, Depeche Mode etc. I started DJ’ing from 89 playing acid and techno early house, have done ever since.
During the late 80s and early 90s, you went to college and played a lot with the then unsigned Aphex Twin, are you still in touch with him and how has he helped throughout your career?
We started DJ’ing the same time and he was writing his music which he played on our night. We have spoke in the past but we don’t live in same areas anymore, his music is amazing as far as I’m concerned.
You were one half of Stereo Mutants for 8 years, can you tell us a little bit about that and what happened? Why did it come to an end?
It never ended, we decided to pursue different music styles. Me and Si are good friends and are going to get back in the studio after covid at some point.
People’s musical careers are filled with highs and lows, what has been the lowest moment of your career and how did you overcome it?
Never had a low point to be honest, except this last year not being able to DJ’ing during pandemic. But then I wrote lots of music which is good!
You still produce your other favourite music, liquid, drum and bass, do you think your love is shown through the music you produce? If so how?
Yeah the music I write is influenced by: D’n’B, 80’s, Soul, and Jazz. I have always loved those styles and chords progressions, everything that I write has to have soul or emotion.
With a wealth of experience behind yourself, what would be the best advice you could give young aspiring artists just starting out?
Write what you love, not what is popular at that time. I have seen so many producers change their style for what’s cool, they lose their identity.
Finally if you could produce a track with any artist past or present who would it be and why?
Kaidi Tatham as he is an amazing keyboardist, and louie vega as he never writes a bad tune, ever!
You can buy Piers Kirwan – The Power EP here.
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