With his releases on Pets Recordings and dirtybird being championed by the likes of Pete Tong, Claude VonStroke, Maya Jane Coles, A-Trak, and Carl Cox it was not surprising to see Bristol producer Eats Everything emerge as one of the most promising artists of 2011. The now seminal Entrance Song featured on a series of high profile Essential Mix episodes before Eats Everything himself was invited to perform on the coveted mix series.
He wrapped up the year by bagging a DJ Mag Best Of British award and headlining many of the UK's hottest underground venues.
We managed to catch him for a few minutes in-between meals to chat about the early rave scene, being in the spotlight and which airline serves up the best grub.
Where are you right now and what have you been up to over the last 7 days?
Right now I am in the studio typing this! In the last seven days I have been in Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin and Brighton. I had two amazing gigs in Dublin and Brighton which were absolutely off the chain. Gonna be hard to beat!!
Is there anything you know now as a music industry professional that you wish you knew back at the start?
To be honest I am still learning and do not really understand the industry at all!!!! I just do what I do and am very lucky to have met the people I have met and know the people I know! Persistence is vital though if you wanna get somewhere.
You’ve been a Bristol scene stalwart for well over a decade now, playing at some of the biggest parties throughout. What’s different about Eats Everything and how does it fit in your career history?
Eats Everything is a lot more refined musically than the old days put it that way, but to have been involved in a lot of great parties in such a great city really is amazing! I am still the same idiot that bounces around in the DJ booth though!
We’ve read that you’ve got loads of time for the old skool scene, and we hear a lot of influences of that early 90’s sound in your productions too. What does old skool mean to you and what were your earliest experiences of club and rave culture?
It means a lot to me as it has given me a grounding in dance music that I think has been vital in my recent success. Being able to go back to old records that people don’t know etc and take inspiration from them is a real bonus and my music is pretty varied as Eats Everything so it definitely helps. I still listen to Old Skool and Jungle all the time!
Were you a rave tape fan? Any recommendations that young readers can check out on Youtube?
I am a massive rave tape fan! Ellis Dee Dreamscape 11, Slipmatt Dreamscape 10, Top Buzz Fantazia 92, Sasha Universe 92, DJ Hype Dreamscape 7. All of the house tapes from Dreamscape 20 are pretty special as well.
Your emergence from the Bristol club scene to the international stage seems to have happened really quickly, can you talk us through the high points of the last couple of years and how it felt to be under the spotlight?
High points have been the Essential Mix, winning the DJ mag Award. Playing Fabric, London and Audio in Brighton for the first time. It feels weird to be under the spotlight because its not something I am used to, but I am coping alright with it I reckon! Every morning I am waking up to a piece of unbelievable and cool news! Its very surreal!
You ended 2011 winning a prestigious DJ Mag Best of British award, which must have felt like an amazing validation for years of effort. Were there ever moments when you felt like this well deserved stardom wasn’t going to happen and how did you celebrate this crowning achievement!
I never ever thought it would happen, ever! I didn’t really celebrate because I had a lot of work to do the next day but I was amazed that I won and it is so cool to have done it such a short space of time in the industries eyes.
The super cool Pets Recordings picked up ‘Entrance Song’ that in turn saw amazing support from Pete Tong on BBC Radio One, which must have been a dream come true. Can you talk our budding producers through the process that got your music in the right hands? Any advice too for readers wanting their music heard?
I made the track in June 2010, sent it to a number of labels to no response. In early 2011 I went to a party in Bristol where J Phlip and Claude Vonstroke were playing, I tried to give a CD to Vonstroke but missed him so ended up chatting to J Phlip and gave her the CD. She passed it to Catz n Dogz and the rest is history! Keep going to clubs/raves/parties where your favourite producers are playing and take CD’s with you.
If you came to me and gave me your CD I would absolutely listen to it and give you honest feedback on the tracks, and if they are great I would defo pass them on to the right people. You need to be meeting the right people, and most of us don’t bite!
We’ve seen that you’re headlining incredible events like Bugged Out Weekender and Fabric, which must be a thrill! What’s the Eats Everything preferred live set up and do you prepare any edits or mixes before the show?
I prepare many edits all the time, but I use 3xCDJ2000 and a DJM 900 Nexus mixer where possible. Pioneer have hooked me up with Rekordbox and shown me how to use it. It really is amazing and brings the CDJs to life. I never thought I would turn my back on CD’s but now I just use an external harddrive and DJ off of that!!!
Finally, you must be flying all over the place now. Who has the best airline food!?
British Airways so far for me. Emirates a close second!
Eats Everything Guest Reviews
I heard my friend playing this on his Radio show, really dark and quite weird but definitely really cool. I love the bass sounds and the way the track moves. Well into it and can’t wait to test it out on the weekend!
Absolute BANGER from my good friend Ben Westbeech under his Breach moniker on his first (of many) EP’s on Claude Vonstroke’s dirtybird label. Always takes the roof off of the heavier gigs I play. Surefire winner.
Nice groovy little deep house number. A good record for me either early on or when I want to take it down a couple of notches.Greate vocal with enough beef to keep the dancefloor moving.
This is a little old but still one of my favourites from future Bristol superstar and my new studio compadre, Lukas! He has his very own brand of super happy, intricate and dancefloor friendly house music. He hasn’t made a bad record yet in my opinion and they just keep getting better. Awesome!
I love pretty much everything that Lovebirds does and this one is no exception. Really tight production and really smooth, groovy music. I am not great with words and descriptions but this record reminds me of a summers day!!!!
Love this record soooo much. I love the laidback feel of it, and Revenge never disappoints whenever he steps into the studio, with an excellent rework of an old classic. One for the afterparty this one.
Funny little minimalish record here with the quirkiest riff you have ever heard. Never played it as I am not sure how it would be received on the dancefloor but it really is a cool record in my eyes. I listen to it quite regularly at home, but never have the guts to drop it!!!
This is one of my favourite records ever, and it still works in virtually any set I play. Amazing rhodes chords, with a really chunky broken beat, it keeps building and when the rhodes drops, boooom!!! It would get 10/10 from me!!!
Insane banger from my second favourite producer ever remixing my favourite!!! So it could only mean one thing really!!! A proper chunkfest with a guitar solo and everything. I have just started playing this again, and it still sounds fresh.
One of the original house records, and still one of the best in my opinion. I don’t know how many times that riff has been ripped off since but it really is synonymous with everything I love about house music. AWESOME!!!
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