For the past fifteen years Argentinian-born, Barcelona-based producer Juan Pablo Pfirter has been pushing a sound by turns steely, dark and uplifting, true to the founding principles of the technotetramorphbut eager to throw his own vanguard, personal touch into the mix.
From the early days onward, whether expressing himself viaDJing, producing or as a label owner, Pfirter has workedhis magic with focus and style, gracing the likes of CLR, Figure, Mordand Stroboscopic Artefacts with choice singles whilst headlining some of the most respectedelectronic music bastions and events including Berghain, Tresor, Concrete, Awakenings and Time Warp. Ever since he embarked on his first European tour back in 2005, Juan Pablo has worked tirelessly at shaping one of the most idiosyncratic sounds in contemporary electronic music. It’s a sound which combines the heavy thump of stadium-sized kicks with textured organic reliefand hypnotic sub-bass motifs a thousand listens couldn’t diminish.
2006 saw the birth of Pfirter’sown imprint, MindTrip, which hasbecome one of the brightest beacons in the ever-changingtechnolandscape.The label servesas both a vessel for his own output and that ofhis close friends and collaborators,includingluminaries such asJonas Kopp, Stanislav Tolkachev, Dold, Fanon Flowers and more. In parallel, MindTriphasalso flourished through its monthly podcast series, welcoming the likes of Antigone, Markus Suckut, Milton Bradley, Pär Grindvik, Jeroen Search and scoresmore exciting,singular artists, all invited to present an hour of music that captures the spirit and values of MindTrip.
After releasing over 50club-formatted records, Pfirter tookthe leap into an album project with 2019’s’The Empty Space’, which provided a widescreenview into the subtle intricaciesand rich emotional spectrumof his craft. His sophomore full-length, Altered States, further builds upon the space for nuance and intrigue afforded by the long-play format, nodding to the club-oriented reality of his music while probing into the expressive, psychoactive possibilities embedded within the techno tradition.
Deftly bridging the gap between the inner and the outer, the fierce and the considered, Pfirtercontinues to collate eloquentpieces of work that swell in theirimpact when taken as a whole. Although his 12”s keep topping the specialistcharts, Juan Pablo has proven thedepth of his compositions doesn’tfade when the strobes flash their last, but rather haunt his listeners’febrile minds long after the club has shut its doors. Darkness has rarely been so cozy.