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Stacey Pullen


“I’d say I’m one coin with two sides. Heads and tails can’t have one without the other. I have built my reputation more on being a good DJ, but the music I have put out and created has been well received. I have always strived for longevity, and I think right at this moment, my fans haven’t heard the best of what I have to offer. I’ve also got loads of unreleased material that will be released, from 8 years ago, and it sounds like it was made two weeks ago. It’s going to be coming out on Black Flag in the summer time here: June or July. Right now all I’m doing is sitting in the lab making the masterpiece. The future of music for me is exciting and will be an adventure; I’m excited about it, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Wise words from Stacey Pullen, who grew up as part of the “Second Wave” of Detroit techno artists alongside the likes of Carl Craig; he grew up under the mentoring of Detroit’s finest including Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson.

Above all it’s his mentality to be an innovator that has always been part of his fabric. With over 30 years as a DJ, his first DJ gig was his first high school party and the first time he ever had a beer. Stacey doesn’t remember much about the music, but he certainly does remember the experience:

“It was that gig that let me know how tough it was to be a DJ. We set up the whole thing, brought the sound system, rented the hall, loaded in, loaded out and went home with 20 bucks a piece in our pocket. But it was more than money, to have that outlet – to have that power and make people respond to the music that we played.”

Fast forward 30 years, and his next London gig will be at Drumcode.