By Jamie McNamara
CALGARY – It’s hard to think of a better time than now for Eats Everything, the English DJ born Daniel Pearce, to do a Western Canadian trek. The Bristolian house music veteran has rightfully been on the minds of club-goers since he rose to prominence with “Entrance Song” in 2011. His dance floor focused releases have always been a good fit for Western Canadian crowds, given that we go wild for house music with an emphasis on low end. With a new release on Dirtybird and a new show on BBC Radio 1 under his belt, the timing was perfect for a return.
That aforementioned return to Dirtybird is a two track collaborative effort with freshman producer Lord Leopard titled Clash of the Tight-Uns. It’s been a few years since the San Francisco label led by Claude VonStroke welcomed the talents of Eats Everything.
“I’ve been wanting to release on the label again for a while now, but touring and having a young family gets in the way sometimes and I haven’t been able to produce as much as I’d like to. When I made “War Rhythm” with Lord Leopard, I knew straight away that this would be perfect for Dirtybird,” says Pearce.
In Lord Leopard, Pearce has found a young collaborator that mirrors his own start in the scene. For Pearce, acting as a mentor for young talent is something that he treats with a humble respect.
“It’s amazing to be able to be in a position where I have a platform to support upcoming artists that I love. I was once that guy who would relentlessly send demos to my favourite labels in hope that they would get picked up so I can relate to them.”
Pearce is bringing Lord Leopard with him when he comes to Western Canada, something that will undeniably help the young talent gain traction in a North American market that is constantly becoming more accepting of broader electronic tastes.
“It was hard to break into the North America at first as it’s predominantly an EDM scene and the crowds are filled with ‘bros,’” says Pearce.
“It is changing though, definitely becoming a lot more accepting of the underground – there’s so many incredible parties happening in the U.S. now especially in places like New York, Chicago, Miami and California.”
Outside of club culture, Pearce’s new show on BBC Radio 1 has allowed him a new audience that brings a refreshing change from DJing.
“For my shows, I like to program music that highlights upcoming artists, music I’ve recently found and my favourite tracks. It’s different from playing a DJ set as I’m not trying to get the crowd dancing or portray a certain mood in my radio show, it’s all about showcasing the music I love,” he says.
You can catch Eats Everything at The Hifi Club on May 18 (Calgary) or at Celebrities Nightclub on May 19 (Vancouver).Celebrities Nightclub, Eats Everything, HIFI Club