After his recent performance in Southampton’s Junk, student Greg caught up with DJ Eats Everything to ask him a few questions about his tours and music. Eats Everything is also giving fans the chance to decide his next performance locations in his Eats Meets West tour which can be read about here.
1: Hi Eats, first time back in Southampton for some time, how do you feel your set went?
It went great, I always love DJ’ing regardless of where I am. I think Junk is one of the best small venues in the country, the layout is very similar to Fabric and Luca and the team are great to work with and play for.
2: Over the last few years how would you say your sets have changed?
I’m always switching up my music and trying to improve both technically and in terms of reading the crowd – I don’t like to rest on my laurels. But aside from that, I still have the same approach, which is try to make the partygoers have as much fun as I am behind the decks.
3: I myself first saw you in Junk when yourself and James Zabiela did a back to back set leading into a 7am lock in, which to this day is one of my favourite memories in regards to nights out. Do you personally have any particular sets that you remember as favourites?
Those spontaneous back to backs that go on all night are always fun. I did one like that in Ibiza with Claude Vonstroke a few years ago that ended up going on for 9 hours. There’s been loads of amazing times to be honest, from my very first gig at fabric to Bestival this summer, and obviously Space closing and the Carl Cox closing after party were significant moments for me.
4: All musicians sounds change over time, are there any directions genre wise that you are interested in exploring?
I’ve tried my hands at a few genres over time – I started DJing jungle and when I started to produce it was all break beat. But I haven’t released boogie or funk tracks yet, so probably that.
5: A lot of successful musicians tend to branch out into other business’ once achieving success, would this be something you could see yourself doing in the future? And if so in what regard?
I love music and it will always be my main job, it’s basically the only thing I’ve ever been good at. But I’ve already branched out business-wise in a way with my record label, and I’d love to open up a studio in Bristol one day.
6: You have a very distinct sound, could you describe it in one sentence?
Music that I like and would want to hear on a dance floor if I was out raving so hope you do too.
7: Do you have a favourite stop on this tour?
Wotton-Under-Edge is where I put my first rave on at the young age of 13 and so I’m really excited to go back to Wotton and put a hardcore/jungle party on in the same space we did over 20 years ago.
8: You have played at Junk in Southampton several time so you have probably been played from Junk, to Tripp and back to Junk – would you say you have noticed any changes to the venue in this time?
There’s probably been a few minor changes, but the team has remained the same so the club’s ethos is still largely the same, which is the most important thing.
9: Just for the students, settle a long standing debate – the better night out, Junk or Switch?
I wouldn’t be able to choose one, as a DJ or as a punter it probably depends on what you want out of your night. I know Junk is a bit more stripped back and intimate, whereas Switch goes big on the production, but both approaches have their merits.
10: I’ve seen through your social media that you are a father these days, congratulations, I was wondering if this has had an effect on your production and touring?
It makes a difference in terms of how long I go away from home for and how much time I have. Maybe I’m not spending quite as much time in the studio as I would have before but it’s not had a direct impact on the productions themselves. Having a family means travelling for months on end around the world is not possible and there are still lots of places I’d like to play. Having said that, I wouldn’t change being a father for the world and I value the time I get with my son and wife hugely.
11: Would you say there is a difference between playing in the UK as opposed to other European venues?
There’s a difference between every city and town, for example playing in London is very different to playing in Newcastle. Then every country in Europe is different – for example, I love Spanish crowds because they’re mental, and Dutch because they’re quite clued up. But in the UK generally people probably know me a bit better and I get more requests for photos.
12: I’ve seen your sets in both intimate and Festival settings, which would you say you prefer and why?
A lot of DJs will say they prefer more intimate settings because it means you can explore different things musically and typically get to play a bit longer. I can definitely appreciate that, but you get some amazing festivals – this year’s Bestival was one of my top 5 gigs ever and that was to about 10k people.
13: Mostly people are interested in discussing electronic music with DJ’s such as yourself, however I was wondering if there are any bands that you would list amongst your favourite musicians and if so who they are?
There’s definitely a few classic bands I’m into. I still listen to Rage Against The Machine’s first album and I loved Bloc Party.
14: What made you want to start up a voting system for the last two towns? Was it just to try new venues or is there more to it?
So much of where you play as a DJ is decided by agents and managers and club bookers. For once I thought it might be fun to let the crowd themselves decide and play somewhere different.
15: Finally, I, like many students, have friends trying to become up and coming DJ’s, do you have any advice both performance wise and in regard to production of music?
Don’t put your music out until it’s absolutely ready, when you think it’s ready wait another year. By all means send it to people but hold on. Spend all your studio money on monitors, they are the most important thing. And of course never give up.