Eats Everything: “I’m a very lucky boy”

DJ/producer and co-owner of the Bamboo Music record label Duane BG spoke to one of the UK’s breakout stars, Eats Everything, for inthemix ahead of his upcoming Australian tour. Duane tracked down the studio whiz otherwise known as Daniel Pearce to talk about growing up in Bristol, his early influences and how he broke through the ranks with inescapable dancefloor burner Entrance Song.

Did you play an instrument growing up? At what point did you realise you wanted to start DJing?

I kind of played the drums for a little while but got into DJing aged 12 in 1992 so gave up the drums pretty quickly. I was drawn to that world by a friend’s older brother who had a set of 1200s. I had a go and could do it straight away so wanted to really give it a proper go.

I was massively into and still am into jungle and hardcore. It’s what I grew up with and I still love it today (the old stuff, not the modern stuff). I then started listening to house and discovered Murk, Armand Van Helden and all the Strictly Rhythm stuff in about 1994 and my obsession grew from there, really. The fusion of different genres is something I am massively into, as variety is the spice of life.

Some of the most celebrated artists in underground dance music culture, including Massive Attack, Roni Size, DJ Die and Nick Warren, have all come from Bristol. How strong is your connection to the city’s history? Do you feel any pressure to keep up a tradition?

I don’t feel pressure to carry the baton as it were, as Bristol will always be a great musical city regardless of what I do. At the end of the day, it is just a place where a lot of good music has come from, but it will always be that way regardless of what I or any of the other ‘newcomers’ do. We don’t sit around and discuss, “What shall we do next?”

We just make the music we make and hope that people enjoy it. I am very lucky to come from a city like Bristol because it has a spotlight on it, and if you can step up to the plate, do something that enough people are into then you will get a break, moreso than being from another city with less heritage musically. I am a lucky boy to be in this position and I am gonna do my best to stay in it.

To many it may seem that your rise to success seemingly happened overnight. However, you’ve been hard at it for years. Can you explain the journey that led up to Entrance Song?

I am a pretty normal bloke and am quite matter-of-fact, so I don’t consider what I have experienced in my life a ‘journey’ as such. I am the same as any other person. I did all the shitty jobs but had a major passion for one thing and concentrated on that as much as I could, jobs permitting.

I spent a lot of hours in the studio and playing in clubs in the South West for little or no money for 14 years and was fortunate enough to make a record that was picked up by a great label, and was played by many of my now peers that I looked up to. It was all, and still is, very surreal. I don’t believe in things happening for a reason or fate, I just believe that if you really want something and you work hard enough at it, eventually you will get there. Again, I am a very, very lucky boy.

Once Entrance Song was released some crazy things happened. Can you take us through the period of time?

Everything just went bang. Suddenly I had a booking agent, management and it goes crazy. When the Essential Mix thing came through I was gob-smacked, especially as it was a live one. It was a nerve-wracking experience but one I will never ever forget!

Which of the records you have produced is your favourite and why?

My favourite record I have made is probably The Withywood Walk which is a recent one and not one of my most popular. The reason it’s my favourite is that I spent about six hours on making the perfect kick drum for that style of track, so it’s technically my best to date. I also am very proud of my rework of Basement Jaxx’s Flylife Xtra as I made it completely from scratch, sampled the track they sampled and really went to town on it.

This is set to be your debut tour in Australia, Are you excited and what can we expect from you on this trip?

Very excited to come to Australia; I have heard it’s great. The food is meant to be awesome as well. As to what to expect from me, a lot of bouncing around, and a mish-mash of what I consider to be great music. And a big smile!

Eats Everything tour dates:

Wednesday 24 April – Shape, Perth

Thursday 25 April – Brown Alley, Melbourne

Friday 26 April – The Met, Brisbane

Saturday 27 April – Ivy Garden Party, Sydney