EDM DJ reflects on return to hometown for music festival

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STRATTON>>At 8 years old, Pierce Fulton was taking snowboarding lessons at Stratton Mountain & Resort. Fast forward 15 years later, and he returned to perform at the Minus Zero Music Festival for all of his high school and college friends and family at the same location.

Growing up in Stratton, Fulton graduated from Burr & Burton in 2010 and went on to the University of Vermont for two years. After his momentum grew for music production, the artist left to pursue a full time career in the field. To Brooklyn and now Los Angeles, Fulton reflects on his high school music classes and guitar skills while generating electronic dance music or EDM, which ultimately brought him back to his stomping grounds on April 9.

"It was totally nuts," Fulton said on his return. "I had my family, high school and college friends and my high school music teacher in the crowd. I also got to snowboard for the first time in 3 years a few hours before my set which was incredible."

From time to time he'll return to Burr & Burton and meet with students.

Inspiration for the musician's talent stems from his great grandfather's singing, songwriting and trombone playing career. Their middle names, Collins, are even the same.

"He wrote for various massive artists but was mainly known for his role in Paul Whiteman's orchestra as a vocalist and trombone player," he said. "His story and impact on my family has always been a really interesting fire for inspiration. More recently it's led me to trying my hand in singing which has been both scary and exciting."

Even though Fulton's masterpieces derive from a computer, he said he tries to incorporate a lot of live elements and instrumentation to make songs more unique. However, instead of relying on individual instruments, the musician prefers the robotic consistency and beat plug-ins.

EDM is also referred to as dance or club music and is generally used in the context of live music where a disc jockey (DJ) creates a selection of tracks by constantly moving from one recording to the next.

"There's something extremely soothing about the consistent tempo and rhythm and true computer-like nature to the style," he said. "I've found myself putting more inconsistent live and raw sounds into my electronic music to sort of challenge and complement the style."

A video from five months ago on Fulton's Youtube channel shows him standing in a room with his guitar, three keyboards on either side and music or beat making machines, a drum pad and speakers in front of him. The video shows Fulton layering instrumental beats from the initial rhythm to drums and vocals and then guitar and keyboard.

Robotic is something one might feel listening to this particular genre, but it's nothing short of "feel good music." The fast paced, futuristic tunes are bound to get a listener moving or tapping their foot. From We Got This Covered, Fulton's single "In Reality" was reviewed as having "popping synths, lofty vocals, and a thickly laid atmosphere to evoke a hopeful soundscape." He also landed a summer hit with artist Kuaga last year.

Fulton will tour on the west coast in May in Nevada and California alongside Martin Garrix.

Find his music on SoundCloud and Youtube.

—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.


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