It’s time for another insightful Producer’s Producer, and this week’s guest is techno don Perc. Known for deep, hard-edged driving techno Perc has travelled the globe several times and contributed to several high-profile labels over the years. According to his biography; “As a DJ and live act Perc has covered all of Europe plus multiple tours of USA, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and Japan. Personal highlights for Perc’s touring include a back-to-back set with Oliver Ho in Tokyo, his debut at Tresor in early 2010, being part of the Drumcode tent at Dance Valley in 2008 and playing on the same bill as Richie Hawtin and Speedy J at 2008’s Electric Deluxe Queen’s Day party at Melkweg, Amsterdam.” His back catalogue is crammed with releases including Mathlete on Ovum Recordings, Serious Moonlight on CLR, Sticklebrick on Drumcode, plus numerous releases on his own Perc Trax label.
So, we asked Perc to speak about his influences and his ultimate producer (as well as recording an influences mix for us) and here’s what he said:
It was the first wave of more commercial hardcore and rave producers that inspired me to make music and start building up a studio. Prodigy, Altern8, Acen, Njoi etc… After this I just dropped into DJing, I was not inspired by one DJ to buy some decks but Carl Cox and Micky Finn were big early DJ influences. The music that first inspired me was rave and hardcore then moving on to the Warp bleep sound and then the early industrial of Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle. My biggest musical influence of all time is Aphex Twin, just for his whole attitude to his music and career. There are many great producers across the history of dance/electronic music but Aphex still takes a higher position than the rest in my eyes. From mixing digital and analogue hardware, writing his own software, building hardware from scratch and rebuilding/augmenting existing hardware he has done it all. His production career has seen him move through various eras of production yet he is at the front of everything he enters into. Despite his sound continually evolving his music is still unique and instantly recognisable. There are influences that you can hear but he puts a fresh twist on everything he does and the legions of clones and copyists show the huge influence he has had on modern electronic music.