has been the Music Director and Resident
DJ at Glow since its beginning over four
years ago. Glow is the name of their weekly
Saturday night event that started at Zei
Club in DC and moved to its current home
at Club Insomnia for the last two years.
Club Glow has played host to the finest
in European trance, counting globally
recognized acts such as Tiesto, Paul van
Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren,
Judge Jules, George Acosta, Cor Fijneman
and Scott Bond among its residents and
regulars. With their One Night
at Glow mix CD compilation
release, DC's own Pete Moutso has created
an album that reflects the Glow experience.
Kristofer got Pete on the phone for the
lowdown on the club, the CD and what it
takes to Glow!
Kristofer: When you started Glow,
what was your goal?
Pete Moutso: I just
wanted to bring over the DJs/Producers/Remixers
who influenced me. In the beginning, I
used to DJ from 10pm-6am and we only had
guest djs once a month if that. At the
time, Buzz was well established but I
wanted to bring a totally different sound
to Glow that Buzz wasn't. Our first big
dj was George Acosta and soon after German
Trance djs Talla 2xlc, Taucher, Cosmic
Gate, Scott Project and Dumonde became
regulars. We geared the Glow sound towards
harder edge German Trance. Then I became
friends with Tijs Verwest (aka. Tiesto)
and his label partner Arny Bink in 1999
and they introduced me to the progressive
Dutch sound that we currently push. I'm
proud to say that Glow was the first US
gigs for Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren,
Marco V, Scott Project, Dumonde, Cosmic
Gate and one of the first for Tiesto and
How does someone get lucky enough
to become part of a DJ crowd like yours,
Luck is right! You need luck nowadays
because there are so many talented DJs
out there. I was lucky because I was also
part of a promotion (Panorama Productions
is our promotions company that throws
Glow and numerous other parties in DC)
that believed in my sound. It seems like
every club in DC plays Hip hop because
to owners, that's what sells liquor and
packs their venues. However, even with
all the Trance is dead crap that was said
two years ago, and with the emergence
of hip hop as a mainstream sounds were
still doing well!
What were your musical influences
growing up? What guided you into electronic
Growing up I always loved dance music.
I had an older cousin that used to DJ
house parties and I wanted to do the same
thing. I would travel with him and help
him set up, and I became a record junkie.
I was also very influenced by radio (believe
it or not!!). In DC there is a station
95.5 WPGC (before it was hip hop) that
used to have mix shows on the weekends
that were amazing. They would play the
best house music, and I would record the
sets and try to emulate them at home.
I bought my first set of turntables and
a cheap Gemini mixer at the age of 15
and I was DJing house parties and giving
mixes to anyone that had ears! I was lucky
enough to learn from one of DC's legendary
DJs Reggie Wilson and I had the honor
to open for him at the Spy Club every
Saturday night. Reggee was a resident
at Tracks, Spy and he influenced many
DJs like Ali and Sharam of Deep Dish.
As I got older, I met George Acosta and
he influenced me with his harder German
trance sound. Then about four years ago,
I met Tiesto who was just starting his
label and record shop and he got me into
the progressive trance sound that I favor
today. Tiesto helped me greatly by always
sending me promos from his Black Hole
Record label and vinyl from his record
shop. In four years he has worked hard
and deserves to be #1 but he has not changed
one bit and is a great friend that has
What is it about trance, specifically,
that you like? I'm a trance head myself
and it's one of my favorite electro genres,
and I'm curious to see if your reasons
are similar to mine in why you favor trance.
I think what makes trance special is
where you are when you first hear it.
For me it was hearing Robert Miles Children
at a club in Athens, Greece. The feeling
I got from that uplifting track made it
seem like that song was an hour long!
For others, their first club experience
might have been at club like Glow or Buzz
and they hear a trance song that changes
On your latest Glow mix, a 2 CD
set, One Night at Glow: Washington DC,
you kept the energy fairly restrained
throughout the first disc, which I described
review (click to read it here) as
melodic trance, and saved the epic power
for the second. Is this a typical Moutso
set? Do you like to slowly draw the dancer/listener
in and whack them with the power deep
into the session? Do you do this because
you feel it's better not to show all your
best stuff up front?
The first CD builds from progressive
to tech trance. The second CD is more
Uplifting trance. I wanted to give the
listener the feel of a typical night at
Glow. When I am the Headliner at Glow
(once a month) I start off more progressive
and slowly build it up. You cant bang
it for six hours you have to slowly take
the crowd on a journey. I like to have
every song set up for the next song and
take the clubbers to the next level with
What would you say your favorite
style of trance is?
I love progressive trance that tells
a story. Of course I'm a fan of all the
djs/producers that I bring to Glow.
What established, big time DJs do
you consider to be influences?
I consider Tiesto, Ferry Corsten and Armin van Buuren as good friends that
have influenced me personally.
Are there any up-and-comers you've
got your eye on? Anybody we should be
watching out for?
I think that there are some great dj/producers
waiting to be the next Tiestos/Ferrys/van
Dyks! Cor Fijneman (Holland) is one of
the producers for Tiesto who's track Healing
is on my CD and had a huge hit this year
with Venus (featuring Jan Johnson). I
think Marco V (Holland) will blow up.
His sound is so uniqueSand all Paul van
Dyk, Tiesto, Armin all push his productions.
On the progressive front, I believe the
next big ones will be Josh Gabriel and
Dave Dresden. They got a lot of recognition
because Tiesto used their productions
on his Nyana and In Search of Sunrise
3 CDs. Also, UK's James Holden has productions
like Nothing that are being pushed by
the likes of Sasha/Digweed, Tiesto, Armin,
Tell me what other forms of electronic
music you like, and why?
My first love was house music. I had David Morales play for my birthday
party at Glow three years ago!
What do you have to say to people
that accuse trance of being a repetitive
Those people are ignorant. I gave up defending trance a long time ago to
Tell me what trance CDs you consider
to be required listening.
I love Tiesto's In Search of Sunrise
2 and 3. Ferry Corsten's album Out
of The Blue is amazing!
What projects do you have lined
up at the moment? Any interesting news?
Glow will be a very big presence this year at WMC. Last year we threw a
party with Ferry Corsten and Armin van Buuren that was awesome. This year
we will do four BIG partiesS.but I cant say who/what/when or where yet ;)
Glow in DC in 2004 will undergo some BIG changes that everyone will like J
What does the future hold for Pete
I am doing another CD for Tiesto's Black
Hole Recordings label. It will be a part
of the In Trance We Trust series that
in the past has mixes from the likes of
Ferry Corsten, Johan Gielen, Armin van
Buuren and the boss Tiesto himself.
Do you have any suggestions or advice
for bedroom DJs who aspire to getting
into the business?
Don't give up. Never compromise your
sound for the sake of getting a gig. Stick
to your guns. Don't get caught up in the
Thanks for your time, Pete. Any final
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