DANIEL Pearce — aka up and coming UK DJ Eats Everything — has always been ambitious, writes Ed Power.
But early in his career, the Bristol producer and deck-spinner, also enjoyed to party. There were moments when his love of kicking backing threatened to spin out of control. It’s a cliche – but one into which he found himself sucked.
“Partying got in the way for a long time,” says the Bristol native, considered one of the UK’s outstanding new producers. “I took my DJing seriously and my music production seriously. I also took partying very seriously. I was burning the candles at both ends. The production started to take a back seat.”
He was in danger of throwing it all away, he realised. So he took a long hard stare in the mirror – and sorted himself out. He vowed to himself to approach DJing as work – not as an excuse to kick back and enjoy himself. “I understood that it isn’t going to fall into my lap. I’m lucky it has all worked out. The only thing I ever wanted to be a DJ and producer.”
Pearce is en route to Ireland for a date at the new Samhain Festival, taking place at Weston airport outside Dublin this weekend (he plays on Saturday alongside Annie Mac, with Liam Gallagher headlining Sunday).
Pearce’s forte is house music, into which he blends sibling genres such as garage, techno, jungle and the vibey “UK bass” sound. As producer he has worked with Skream, Adam F, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and up and coming English singer Sinead Harnett. He has in addition started his own label, Edible Records.
“We’re going to be on our eleventh release in November. It has been really good – strength to strength. But, at the same time, a bit of a learning curve. The response has been really cool however.”
Despite its relatively small size, Bristol has one of the most storied musical histories in the UK,having given the world acts such as Massive Attack and Tricky. Growing up in the shadow of those artists can be intimidating – but the city’s accomplishments fill Pearce with pride,too.
“Bristol influences me hugely,” he says. “Both in terms of the music but also the people. As a place it has shaped me in a big way.”
He is highly regarded among veterans of dance, with influential DJ Carl Cox name-dropping him as a favourite.
“I suppose you could say he is a mentor to me nowadays,” says Pearce. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would find myself in this situation. He is an example to us all really. If Carl Cox does it… do it. If he doesn’t… then don’t do it. He has been one of the biggest and the best DJs on the underground scene for a long time and has been really helpful to me.”
Dance music is divided between those who adore the cheesy and populist EDM scene – spawned in America and now inescapable – and the majority who loathe it. Pearce would seem to be in the latter category – but he doesn’t want to come across as disrespectful.
“I don’t care as long as people are enjoying themselves. Some of the performers are not really my thing. Ravers seem to be into it. Who am I who tell someone what they should enjoy? One man’s dogs*** is another’s gold. It’s all subjective, isn’t it?”
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