An Interview with…Eats Everything ahead of Farr Festival.


4 stages. 3 days. 2 nights. 1 unforgettable experience of getting lost in the woods…FARR, on July 27th and 28th at By grave Woods in Hertfordshire, is a boutique festival held in a deserted wood just outside London.

Alongside Miguel Campbell, George FitGerald, jozif, Huxley, Waifs & strays and Alix Perez, you’ll find Eats Everything will be headlining. While some producers spend years finding their feet, Dan ‘Eats Everything’ Pearce made a clear statement of intent with ‘Entrance Song’ his debut release on Catz N Dogz ‘Pets Recordings’ label that peaked at number 15 in Beatport’s all-genre house chart.

Part of a new wave of talented producers coming out of the West Country’s Bass Central, which includes Julio Bashmore and Waifs & Strays, he delivers exquisitely crafted sample heavy tracks paying homage to everything from Randy Crawford to Ray Charles.

We caught up with him for more…

Last November, Farr Festival hosted a stage at Bristol In Motion for “It’s All Gone Pete Tong”. It was here that you dropped your Essential Mix live for BBC Radio 1, would you say that this night was a turning point in your career?

I would definitely say that this was a turning point in my career, very much so. It was an honour to be asked to do it and the response since has been mental. Since I was 14 years old, I have wanted to perform an Essential Mix, so to actually get the chance to record it live, in my home town, and in my favourite club, was quite an amazing thing!

How did you celebrate afterwards?

I went to a house party, but I was so mentally and physically exhausted from the Essential Mix that I had to go home at about 7am. It sounds ridiculous but I was so tired!

You often link your social network sites to up and coming artists, who should we be looking out for?

There are loads I like at the moment, the obvious Bristol ones are Lukas, Christophe, Behling & Simpson (they have been in the game a long time but this alias is new so I suppose they are up and coming) and Rio & Prest. Then further afield. I love Thefft, Detroit Swindle, Purple Velvet, XXXY and Damu – I guess the last two aren’t really that new, but I love their music. I also love Ardalan and Sepehr from San Francisco, and Cromby from Ireland.Needless to say, I like a lot of peoples’ music!

You spring from the countryside, what advice would you give any townies who are coming to embrace nature at Farr Festival?

Bring binoculars because you never know what kind of wildlife you may spot. Don’t worry about toilet roll as there will be plenty of dockleaves, actually – bring plenty of pants if you don’t bring toilet paper, as dock leaves aren’t a great substitute in all honesty!

Have you ever done a DJ set in the woods before?

I have, a very long time ago, maybe 1998, so I am really looking forward to becoming at one with nature again!

What is the strangest place you have played?

Bridgewater is pretty strange… (sorry people of Bridgewater!)

You’ve been in the game for a while now, what advice would you give to any aspiring artists?

Stick to what you do, don’t try and make stuff in order to sound like other people. If you make weird shit, keep making weird shit, because weird shit is cool! Buy good monitor speakers, spend as much money as possible on them because they make all the difference. Never give up, you will get there eventually

How was your American tour? Did you pick up any good souvenirs?

It was immense. If you can call a lovebite from Justin Martin a souvenir then yes I did!

What gigs/festivals are you most excited about this summer?

Farr Festival, obviously! I am doing a lot over the next few months and looking forward to it all. It’s going to be an amazing summer!

Finally, we were wondering if there was anything that you don’t eat…?

Parsley, celery and mushrooms are three things I definitely won’t eat. Not a big fan of avocado either…