Steven Pieters (1983) was born in Etten-Leur (Netherlands) but soon after moved to a Rotterdam suburb. His interest in electronic dance music started to grow at the tender age of ten. Heavily influenced by the older kids in his neighborhood, who were already into mixing house records, he bought his first set of turntables in ’95 when he was only twelve years of age. Five years later at the age of seventeen, he was one of the resident DJ’s at a Rotterdam based after party club, quickly learning the tools of the trade. Nowadays he plays his music in clubs and festivals throughout Europe and is one of the tastemakers of the Dutch underground house scene. Although it’s hard to stick a certain label to his sound, it can be best described as a forward thinking blend of everything deep and funky. Whether playing solo or back to back with his partner in crime Khalil, he holds a reputation for bringing warm and soulful sounds with a distinct freaky edge and a powerful hypnotic groove.
Besides spinnin’ records, Steven has also been focusing on the production of his own tracks and live set. In 2007 he was voted a semi finalist for the ‘Grote Prijs Van Nederland’. His first EP called “Crooswijk RIP’ (in collaboration with Khalil) on the label Grammafoon was released in 2008. In 2009 he was asked to make his first remix, a deephouse version of the track ‘Tranq’ by Russian producer Combinator on the Manual label, which received lots of positive feedback and got licensed to the compilation album ‘Colours of Deephouse vol. 2’. The same year several side projects surfaced including a track for the ‘One Minute Suite’ project of the Film Festival of Florence, Italy. As an addition to his live performance on stage, Steven formed a group with musicians from Rotterdam to collaborate with during live shows, fusing nu-school electronics and deep house with jazz, funk, soul and live vocals. In the spring of 2011 his track ‘Acid Sunset’ was signed by Darko Esser for his Wolfskuil Ltd label and was released on the split EP ‘3 is not a crowd’, marking the labels 15th release. In 2012 the track ‘Concorde to Honolulu’ got signed by Get Physical sublabel ‘Kindisch’. At the end of 2014 his first solo four track EP ‘Don’t Try To Understand It’ dropped on Triphouse Rotterdam.
Currently Steven is running Triphouse Rotterdam, a collective of creative people from the city of Rotterdam who share a common love for underground house music. The collective operates from a building on the west side of the city which includes an office and a record store. Together with the collective he also runs several club nights and festivals, a radio show, a label and the Triphouse Rotterdam Academy (which focusses on sharing knowledge on electronic music production and dj’ing). With these activities Steven plays a vital role in maintaining a much needed platform for contemporary electronic music in his hometown. On a shorter notice: keep an eye out for this enthusiastic and highly motivated house freak, soon to be setting fire to a dance floor near you!
Khalil & Steven P – Crooswijk RIP EP (Grammafoon)
Combinator – Tranq (Steven Pieters remix) (Manual)
Steven Pieters – Acid Sunset (Wolfskuil Ltd)
Steven Pieters – Concorde To Honolulu (Kindisch)
Steven Pieters – Don’t Try To Understand It EP (Triphouse Rotterdam)
Some festivals, clubs and parties where Steven performed:
Dimensions Festival (Croatia), Awakenings, Patareiv Festival (Tallinn), Dekmantel, Free Your Mind Festival, Solar Weekender Festival, Extrema Outdoor (Belgium), Sensation White, Your Time NYE (Turin), Slakthuset (Stockholm), Off Sonar (Barcelona), //:aboutblank (Berlin), Chalet (Berlin), Have A Nice Day Festival, Sira (Jerusalem), Trust (Berlin), Expedition Festival, Noah Floating Festival, Griesmuehle (Berlin), Free Funk Festival, Dockhouse Festival, Pakhuis, Graefenthal Am See Festival (Germany), Brandend Zand Festival, Costa del Soul Festival, Vrijland Festival, Maassilo, Trouw, Watt, Zeezout, Supperclub, Amsterdam Dance Event, Tegenstroom Festival, Off Corso, Motel Mozaique Festival, Doornroosje, MS Stubnitz, Kruthuset (Stockholm), Studio 80, Tivoli, Rotterdam Electronic Music Festival, Sugar Factory, Boothstock Festival, Gay Pride Festival (Amsterdam), Drift Festival, Toffler, Perron, Decadence (Belgium), Bird, Poly Vinyl Club (Barcelona), Nighttown, Escape, Zeezout Festival, Melkweg, Paradiso, Undercurrent, Kralingsebos Festival, Elements Beach, Woodstock 69 amongst hundreds of others.
Back in the days.. 1996.. And below it’s me spinnin’ back to back with Khalil at Herfstdrift Festival 2011