Feeding the insatiable hunger dance music fans worldwide for the past seven years, has become synonymous with hard, hypnotic house music. Real name Dan Pearce, Eats has become a sizable personality and creative force within the underground.
With his latest EP for , Clash The Tight-Uns, Pearce delivers two abnormally entertaining tracks, “Song For” and “War Rhythm,” both co-produced by rising artist Lord Leopard. Dancing Astronaut recently sat down with Pearce to discuss how the EP came about, his origins with Dirtybird, and what’s in store for the future.
Pearce was born in Bristol, a town that over the last three decades has been deeply influential in providing a dark and rich foundation for underground electronic music. ‘s “Unfinished Symphony” (1991), for instance, is an unmistakable example what’s become known as the “Bristol Sound,” which combines both joy and melancholy in a tasteful blend soul, funk, and hip hop. The brooding influence his hometown seeps into many Eats Everything tracks such as “The Gettup,” “Veronica Electronica,” and his remix Green Velvent’s iconic “Flash.”
Pearce created Edible Records with fellow Bristolian and former NRK lead in 2015, and has since featured notable releases from , Waze & Odyssey, Emanuel Satie, and Paul Woolford. Pearce admits, that despite meeting Harris late in his career, he’s “a massive fan NRK and all other things Nick has been involved in, so it’s been amazing to create a label together.”
Their partnership has brought fans a series unique events traversing the globe, from a boat party at Croatia’s Hideout Festival to a late night set at San Francisco’s Halcyon. Pearce, when asked about the future his Edible Records’ Showcase, indicates no intention slowing down: “we’ve just announced a really exciting date in Barcelona during Sonar where I’m doing a huge b2b2b with Richy Ahmed and Patrick so that’s going to be wicked!” Given his participation in and organization intimate events like this, it’s no wonder Pearce has played such a critical role in perhaps the hottest, slow-cooked, char-broiled events in California, brought on by Dirtybird Records.
In 2011, Pearce joined the quickly rising Dirtybird team, lead by the valiant . Pearce’s enamor for the label began before he joined the team: “Dirtybird has always been my dream label,” he says, “so whilst I was building my career I sent them them a lot demos.” Even before he released his Eat Everything EP, his first record on the label, he was already on their radar. “It was actually ‘Entrance Song’ that caught Claude VonStroke’s attention,” Pearce says, “but Voitek from got there before him.”
After his self-titled EP, he went on to release another album and a number solo releases with Dirtybird. Claude Vonstroke and Eats Everything have maintained a close relationship since — even as Eats has moved away from Dirtybrd. “Throughout my career, he has always given me valuable advice and pushed me creatively,” Peace says.
Behind the booth, Pearce is remarkable. Years pressional experience have led to countless back-to-back sets with Claude Vonstroke, , Nic Fanciulli, , and , and many others. “Going b2b2b with your favorite DJs is always going to be an enjoyable experience,” Pearce says when asked how these complicated ballets beat-matching pan out. “You don’t really decide who plays what, you follow each other’s lead and just see where you end up really” he says. There’s a beautiful chaos in performances like this. In a recent b2b2b set with Nic Fanciulli and Jackmaster, for instance, Pearce says the chemistry couldn’t have been better, and “Jackmaster and Nic Fanciulli really know how to throw a party and get the crowd going so it’s always really fun playing with them.”
Next up for the forceful house music producer is a handful North America tour dates this month, including Vancouver, Calgary, Denver, Montreal, Toronto and Las Vegas as part Dirtybird’s roaming BBQ series. Dirtybird’s distinct experiences began in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, providing the West Coast further exposure to house music and techno. As Dirtybird grew in popularity, these events have expanded considerably. This year’s Vegas iteration will feature Eats Everything, Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, , Ciszak, and Dateless.
In a recent interview for Mixmag with Claude Vonstroke, Pearce claims, “at the end the day, we don’t do this job to be serious.” Eats Everything’s concoctions are utterly devoid seriousness, consistently throwing the listener into a bizarre trance levity and vitality. Here’s to hoping Dan Pearce continues to embrace the weird under his beloved guise Eats Everything for years to come.
Listen to Eats Everything’s Clash The Tight-Uns EP below.
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