As a key player in the second wave of Detroit techno, Stacey Pullen has been helping to reinvent the sound of techno and continuing the great legacy of the Motor City since the early 90s. In our quick-fire questionnaire, he reveals a passion for furniture and explains a surprising link to the world of fashion for the larger lady.
I didn’t choose music, music chose me.
If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?
I would be involved with interior design.
What’s the best advice youʼve ever received?
“You can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
What inspires you?
What’s the next big thing?
Teleporting to my gigs
What’s the worst job youʼve ever had?
Security guard at a plus size women’s clothing shop.
When did you realise you could give up your day job?
When I moved to Amsterdam.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
‘Celebration’ by Kool & the Gang.
What’s the easiest way to make it in the music industry?
Do a cheesy video that goes viral and jump on the bandwagon to be a DJ with no prior skills or knowledge of the music.
What’s the worst track you’ve ever released?
None. I take pride in my work.
Recommend us a film.
Basquiat directed by Julian Schnabel.
Recommend us a book.
The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger.
What are you addicted to?
Getting the latest tunes.
What do you lust over?
Vintage mid-century modern furniture.
What is your greatest regret?
Not finishing college.
What one thing would most improve your life?
Going to the gym.
Whatʼs the worst gig youʼve ever played?
Being kicked off the decks in Panama. Seriously.
If you could only listen to one more track, what would it be?
‘Bonita Applebum’ by A Tribe Called Quest
What one piece of software/kit could you not do without?
What’s your single biggest frustration in the music industry?
People’s bad taste in music.
How can I go past my own label Blackflag Recordings, of course?! Really excited about Sergio Fernandez’s Tribehouse EP which is out on the imprint later this month.
Tweet us a tip. Whatʼs the best production advice you can give in 140 characters or less?
Don’t use the same samples and sounds everybody else is using. Be innovative in your thought process.
Stacey plays Marco Carola’s Music On at Amnesia, Ibiza, on Friday the 31st of August.