The Bunker New York / Paliona
MIIIA aka SanTaiZi
成长于Techno起源地底特律的Eric Cloutier是一位身经百战, 经验值超过20余年的舞池掌控者。1996年他便开启了自己不平凡的电音之路。虽有故乡独特音乐土壤的培育, 但Motor City处处充满激烈的竞争。即便如此, 他依旧凭借惊人的实力迅速蹿红, 在当地许多俱乐部驻场。另辟蹊径的他不想一味依赖于底特律，便背井离乡, 搬至纽约发展，也就水到渠成地加入了 The Bunker New York, 纽约最优秀的电音厂牌。
The Bunker New York, 多年来坚持推广先锋Techno, 经营内容包括厂牌发行, Podcast, 派对, 俱乐部运营及艺人经纪… Eric Cloutier 于2010年加入, 和创办人Bryan Kasenic 一同承担了很多初创时期的工作。而Eric自己在Bunker及其他知名俱乐部驻场期间，获得了越来越多的国际关注, 人气大幅攀升。9个年头过去了, 虽然工作重心早已转至柏林, 更多地辗转于Bergain, Tresor, ://about blank等一系列世界知名俱乐部之间, 但作为元老成员, 他依旧心系组织, 保有bunker"海外驻场“的称号。他仍然会因为Movement音乐节的演出邀约回到家乡底特律, 也会在因为Exit等各大音乐节的演出邀约奔走世界各地, 这一切都让全世界越来越多的人看到了他身上的光芒。
Eric不但是Bunker的元老, 也是日本首屈一指的户外音乐节Labyrinth的元老嘉宾。Labyrinty挑选表演嘉宾极为苛刻, 背后的筛选者均是俱有广博知识与技巧的资深音乐人，如Daniel Bell, Donato Dozzy, Peter Van Hoesen等。10年前, Eric就受邀在Labyrinth演出, 两年后再次受邀。如今, 经过重新选址, 重装上阵的新一期Labyrinth 2019又第三次受邀, 可见对他的认可非同一般。Say Yes也特别适时地在他回归Labyrinth前夕, 把这位老友重新拉回到视线。
Eric与亚洲电音活跃地区的紧密联系不仅仅限于Labyrinth, 去年5月他受到日本同样口碑尚佳的户外音乐节Paramount 2018的邀请, 紧接着同年, DJ Nobu又邀请Eric和DJ Stingray担当自己跨年活动Future Terror NYE 2018- 2019的主打阵容。他也曾连续在同一年里, 两次受到台北先锋Techno组织Smoke Machine的邀请, 分别出演Smoke Machine四周年以及在Expo Park举行的Formoz音乐节。好艺人真的是一年两次也不嫌多啊!
有趣的是Eric也是曾长期异常活跃在知名音乐博客MNML SSGS评论区的资深校友, 与该博客创办人, 常驻日本的音乐评论家/ DJ Chris SSG保持着深入的音乐探讨与交流, 曾为MNML SSGS录制了两期mix。Eric擅长运用当代House的Funk元素平衡知性深沉的Techno，将House和底特律Techno巧妙得接起来。他的音乐深遂空灵，缥缈迷幻，娴熟的混音技巧成为连接舞曲过去和未来的桥梁。
在第二故乡柏林，他将更多的精力投注到音乐制作发行上。有前卫的Bunker作为良好的基础，Eric又在Studio-R, Freund Der Familie和Steve O'Sullivan响当当的厂牌Mosaic发行的合辑中发表了自己的作品, 更成立了个人厂牌Palinoia。他不断取得新的突破, 发行了作品《Alexithymia》, 无论是最初底特律时期Richie Hawtin的挖掘，还是在Bunker New York的锤炼，到最终落脚柏林，他一直以自己纯熟稳定的技术和功底深厚的音乐品味建立了自己在地下场景中极具影响力的口碑。
The New York Bunker long term resident Eric Cloutier is returning to labyrinth 2019. Right before that, glad to have him back to Shanghai after a 2 year wait.
Some DJs are suddenly everywhere. Eric Cloutier's rise has been a slower burn, but it's making the payoff all that much sweeter. Cloutier's sleek sound was born in Detroit, where he grew up, and honed over many years there and in New York, where he became a resident at The Bunker in 2010 (today he remains a "resident abroad"). Now based in Berlin, he's getting his feet wet as a producer, with EPs on Mosaic and Wolfskuil Ltd and another in the pipeline for Patrice Scott's label, Sistrum. But the sourcing and playing of records will always be his main obsession.
Eric's standards are representative of the pre-social media craze and arguably the old adage of letting music speak for itself. Cloutier’s twenty-plus year commitment has been built upon his integrity as a DJ and authority as a selector. A self-described “record digging psychopath,” one only has to refer to his mix of highly sought after cuts from Driftwood Records to see the lengths Cloutier will go to in order to procure the perfect selection. This is truly Cloutier’s nature – one of zeal and infatuation towards the warm, dubby, hypnotic house and techno that has come to characterize his sound as well as his masterful ability to bridge the gap between dance music’s past and its future.
An exception to the norm, Cloutier is not one to capitalize on his Detroit origins. Moving to New York in his 20’s, he became a regular face at The Bunker where he began to further define his innate style of body orientated music. Now situated in Berlin, he often shows up behind the decks of niche alcoves as well as the world’s best clubs, Cloutier’s reputation as an unequivocal, dexterous force is increasingly becoming one of note. His talents as a producer have also been growing of late, with the establishment of his own imprint Palinoia, Greek for “the obsessive repetition of an act until it is perfected or mastered.” The label has become the new home and optimization for Cloutier’s evolving undertakings. Through Palinoia, Cloutier manages to further synthesize slick, dubby club music to slide into his DJ sets as well as feature lesser known talent he’s discovered. He’s a DJ for whom quality – above all else – is the watchword.