You have been on the house music scene for some time, when and how did you get into it?
I got into house music around about 1990, my elder brother Scott was really into it and convinced me to come along to a rave with him. I thought i'd hate it, but it blew me away. If my memory serves me correctly it was a party held at Bagleys, Kings Cross. I tried to break through for many years without any success, but in 1999 I started working at Release the Groove, Soho, which led me to getting to know most of the key industry figures and my career started to take off from there. Paul Trouble Anderson made me resident his infamous Loft in Camden and not long after that Bobby and Steve started booking me at Garage City and then eventually made me a resident at Soul Heaven which was huge for me.
Was house music your first love?
Actually no, reggae and rare groove were and I still love those styles of music today.
Being a DJ for many years, how has your style changed?
I don't really think it has to be honest, i've always played music that resonates with me and that I think will translate well to the dancefloor.
How would you describe your style today?
Good quality music that has soul and a good groove.
With the new technologies in DJ equipment, what equipment do you use to play and why do you choose this type of equipment?
I'm not really a DJ that is heavily into tricks, I prefer to let the music do the talking.
I do love the new looping facilities on the CDJ 2000 Nexus as it makes it much easier to do long blends which is something i've always been well known for. I hear many DJ's moaning that technology is making it easier but I embrace it, especially if it means you can be more creative with your art-form.
As well as being a DJ, you have had many fantastic releases as a producer too.
Which do you prefer - Being a DJ or being a producer and why?
If I had to choose it would be DJ'ing as I love that connection and the instant response you get from your audience. I still get massive buzz when i've played a good gig and nothing really beats that.
Saying that though, producing is very rewarding, especially when a track turns out the way you envisioned it and it really works on a dancefloor and all your peers are playing it.
We met through a mutual friend Sy Sez, Ziggy would come to the studio and hang out. He started helping me with song writing and some production ideas and then it kind of grew organically from there. We officially formed Rhemi Music at the end of 2012 and it's just grown from there.
As far as describing our sound i'd say we just make what feels right to us.
We never release a record unless we would buy it ourselves, dance to it (although you don't see me doing much of that nowadays lol) or play it in our own sets.
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I predict that songs will become popular again and that soulful music will make a comeback but not in the traditional way. There's a whole new generation of kids getting into house and over the next few years I think their taste will mature too, so they will be looking for house music with more substance.
You have played for Simply Salacious Parties for a number of years, what do you enjoy about playing for us and what can we expect from your set at the next party?
There's always a great crowd of music lovers at Simply Salacious, so it's always a pleasure to play for you guys. I don't have to over think the party as I know what I gotta do and that's play from my heart.
What do we have to look forward to for the rest of the year from Neil Pierce?
We have loads of new music dropping on Rhemi Music this year which i'm really excited about, especially the tracks produced with 2 young ladies by the name of Hanlei. These girls are amazing so I can't wait for you guys to hear them. On the DJ front, my diary is already filling up really nicely, and i'm really looking forward to playing at the Southport Weekender with Ziggy, going back to Ibiza this year, doing a tour of Asia and also our own Deep into Soul parties which are always killer gigs.
Check out his exclusive Simply Salacious mix below.