Now making music as considered and carefully crafted as his DJ sets, Eric Cloutier has long been an
influential underground selector.
It is for that reason he has held down residencies at esteemed clubs in both Detroit and Berlin. The
American born Cloutier has been active for almost two decades now, always offering up sets that exhibit
as much great taste as they do knowing control. Now also working on his own moody music for labels like
Mosaic, phase two of Cloutier's career is sure to be as exciting as the first.
Though he recently started releasing his own music, it's fair to say that Eric Cloutier has established
himself as an influential underground figure purely off the back of his DJ sets. Known to be able to
tease and control crowds for extended periods of time without resorting to cheap thrills or lowest common
denominator kicks, since first emerging in 1996 he has been installed as resident at some of the most
knowing venues around the world, and for good reason.
These include local hotspots in his native Detroit, internationally acclaimed clubs in his current
hometown of Berlin but also mythologised places like The Bunker in New York. In terms of festivals, only
the finest will do, and as such Cloutier is one of the select few who gets invited to play the culturally
considered affair that is Japan's Labyrinth.
"I like to keep it really body-oriented," says the man of his inimitable DJ style. "I like to focus on
hypnotising people in to a deep groove and just locking them in." House, dub and techno are all fair game
for Cloutier, and be they deep and driving tracks or harder hitting selections, every one bridges the gap
between the old and the new in seamless and unpredictable ways.
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