Where were you in ‘96? Many of us might have spent the mid-90s obsessing over the Spice Girls, making very questionable outfit decisions, or simply being completely oblivious to what dance music was. Vacant fields across the UK that at one time would have hosted thousands of ravers were empty as revellers turned to the superclubs, and England went crashing out of the World Cup in fantastic style.
For Eats Everything however, he was at the very start of what would become a long and dedicated love affair with music of a 4/4 inclination designed for club basements and festival stages. Before Eats Everything joins John Digweed, Matador, Paco Osuna and more for the Resistance takeover on 2nd December, the Bristol-native takes a trip back to his house music ground zero and his very first gig.
Remaining tickets for Resistance are available here.
What was your first ever gig?
My first ever DJ gig in a proper club was at a place called Bar 150 in 1996 where I entered a DJ competition run by DJ Easygroove. The prize was to become a resident at his night at Club Loco in Bristol. I won the competition and two weeks later I was warming up for one of heroes. It was all a pretty surreal experience.
How old were you when you started buying records?
I started collecting records when I got my first set of decks at the age of twelve. A lot of my mates’ older brothers were going to raves and that’s when I started to properly get into music and started listening to electronic, dance and rave music.
What was the moment you thought ‘I want to do this professionally? As a DJ?’
I was about eleven when I first started getting interested in DJing and I would listen to the Pet Shop Boys on Radio 1 on a Sunday, and that’s where I first heard Felix ‘Don’t You Want Me’ which changed my life completely. But when I started to go to Lakota in Bristol every Friday and Saturday that’s when the love affair with becoming a DJ really begun, it was the best place on the planet and it’s where I got to see all my heroes play like Carl Cox and Sasha.
When you first started in the 90s, was it a bit more innocent? Not necessarily having a career aim to what you were doing?
Definitely. Everything was completely different then and it would be unfair to compare it to how DJs are starting out now. You were DJing at these parties because it’s something you enjoyed doing, not really thinking ‘oh I could make money from this!’ My aim was to be able to play and produce music that would make people dance, have fun and create this real party atmosphere.
Your journey to a full-time DJing career was a turbulent one that nearly fell through – do you feel like everything came together in the end?
Yeah after my residency at Scream in Bristol ended I kind of fell off the radar and it felt like I was back to the beginning again. I started doing meaningless jobs like construction and working in recruitment but I absolutely hated it. Something finally clicked when I was 30 and I gave myself a year to finally get my DJing going again and it was eleven months into that period when ‘Entrance Song’ was picked up.