Self 03, from Anthony Vaccarello
Still continuing to produce his characteristic atmosphere-laden electronic sound, Stacey Pullen compounds his reputation as a producer with that of being one of the world’s most in demand DJs. Above all, from his earliest attempts to the current day Stacey Pullen has stayed true to his one goal: to become and to always be an innovator. Through legenday Detroit club ‘The Music Institute’, Stacey quickly got to know the leading lights of Detroit’s underground: Alton Miller, Chez Damier, Derrick May, and Jay Denham who influenced and taught him strongly. A couple of years later, in 1992, Derrick suggested that a good way to develop his skills would be for Stacey to do some remix work with Kevin Saunderson. Stacey began to work on remixes including one for Karen White (‘The Way I Feel About You’), as well as for Prodigy and KMS, to name just a few. Thus Stacey truly became part of the Transmat / Metroplex / KMS team. After touring Europe with Derrick May throughout 1993, Stacey moved back to Detroit, ready to establish himself and start his own label. Throughout 1994 he commuted between Europe and the USA, finishing the Silent Phase album on R&S Records. Releases like ‘The Sphinx’ as Bango and the first Silent Phase album on Transmat followed, as well as a couple of releases on Plink Plonk by the alias Kosmik Messenger: ‘Eye to Eye’ and ‘Flash’ – both released in 1995. In 1998 Stacey was invited to produce his very first major label release on Virgin Records, and at the same time opened the label he had wanted to start for about three years, BlackFlag. Its debut release, Black Odyssey’s ‘Sweat’, was considered a future classic. The pseudonym under which Stacey recorded also dropped the label’s second release, ‘Stand’. Both found great success and went on to be licensed to a number of compilation albums, including Stacey’s ‘Fabric 14’ mix compilation. Around that time, Stacey took a break from recording and spent the next years concentrating on furthering his own musical education and DJing. 2011 sees Stacey still on the road, bringing his signature eclecticism to some lucky parts of the planet. As a result, every set becomes more personalised, more unique, a window into Stacey’s musical passions. With Black Flag resurrected, 2010’s hit ‘Alive’ was followed by ‘Get Up’ in April 2011. “I wanted to create a clean palette of ‘beats’ music, programming it to deliver a serious groove that would keep on coming, progressing and leaving you wanting more”, says Pullen.