Interview: Eats Everything
“If you had told me that would be the case 5 years ago, I would’ve said – “Let me take that hash pipe away from you and put that whiskey down, you’re going mad!”
What has been the most memorable/crazy experience in Amsterdam?
Walking around the Rijksmuseum absolutely off my head in my early 20’s with my friend Ed, looking at all manner of important stuff and not knowing what any of it meant because of the state we were in, as you can tell I am rarely sober in Amsterdam…. I blame the Dutch!
You will be playing three special events in Amsterdam from December to February. What can we expect of the parties, musically speaking?
A massive variety of what I would consider “underground dance music”, from boogie to techno and everything in between.
You have a close relation with Pete Tong it seems. He even has invited you to do the Essential Mix three times in 5 years. What did you do to seduce Pete?
Surprisingly, I have actually done 4 of them now. If you had told me that would be the case 5 years ago, I would’ve said – “Let me take that hash pipe away from you and put that whiskey down, you’re going mad!” I just made music that Pete liked, and when we met face to face we got on really well and have become great friends ever since. I can’t thank him enough.
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What do the guys from your recruiting job think of your career? Do you think they are wishing you luck?
I’ve got no idea, I only speak to 2 of them really and they don’t seem that impressed or bothered, as I am still the same idiot I always was.
What social problem in the UK would you like to solve this minute?
The divide between the rich and the poor, and the government’s attitude to lining their own pockets whilst not caring about the people of the country.
“Getting my point across is more important to me than people liking me.”
You openly express your opinion on Twitter. Do you think DJs, as people within the spotlight, should have some outspoken opinions and authority on certain issues?
I do speak out a lot on Twitter as I like to get my opinion out. It does lose me a lot of followers, but that doesn’t bother me because getting my point across is more important to me than people liking me. It annoys me how people use social media to direct derogatory opinions, abuse, racism e.t.c whilst hiding behind their computer screen, whilst people in the spotlight are expected to take the moral high ground and not reply. If a bloke walked past me in the street and was rude to me I would not ignore him, why should it be any different on social media?
You are starting your own label Edible. Why did the decision to establish your own label come up?
It started simply as an outlet for myself and Nick Harris (who i run the label with) to put out music we love. The record label will ultimately run from a Bristol base, but with a global array of talent. I want to focus on fledgling producers and underground house & techno music that pushes the envelope, but with a respective nod to its past.
What do you think about DJ brand building? Do you think it can narrow down the amount of artistic self-expression of an artist?
To start with, I hate the term “brand” because it makes it sound like the marketing aspect is more important than the art, which I don’t believe should be the case. Sadly, in some aspects of the industry today that is just how it is, so you do have to play the game to a certain degree. Wherever possible I try to just let the music do the talking.
What do you think will be (or has been) that moment when you would be able to say “That’s it, I made it!”?
The moment my career is over.
During NYE, you can check out Eats Everything during their end of the year blow-out, featuring a range of leading artists from the house and techno scene.
Craig Richards | Terry Francis | Alex Arnout | Eats Everything | George FitzGerald | Maya Jane Coles | Nina Kraviz | Richy Ahmed | Robert James |