Eats Everything has come a long way since he first got his hands on a set of decks aged just 12, living in a small rural town just outside Bristol. Following his older brother’s example, the young Eats would get the bus to town with his friends to buy records and play them back at parties in his garage. As he got older, he started going to raves and his tastes evolved into house and techno. He would go to Lakota in Bristol with his friends every Friday and Saturday night, looking up to the likes of Carl Cox, Colin Dale, Jackmaster Funk and Jon Da Silva. It was here that his passion for music and DJ’ing got serious.
After winning a DJ competition ran by DJ Easygroove, Eats became a full time resident DJ around various Bristol clubs. However, it wasn’t until after a break with a regular job that he started taking production seriously. He got his big break with 2011’s ‘Entrance Song’, released on Catz N Dogz’ Pets Recordings. His touring career took off, and several releases on the likes of Hot Creations, Dirtybird, Crosstown Rebels and Method followed. However, 2015 proved to be one of Eats Everything’s biggest years yet, with the release of his debut mix album ‘Fries With That?’ and the launch of his own label and events series Edible. Eats Everything’s hard work throughout the year was rewarded when he won the hotly-contended title of ‘Best British DJ’ at the DJ Mag Best of British Awards 2015.
Now, to kick off 2016, Eats Everything is stepping up to join the fabric compilation series, which has a reputation for hosting mixes from seminal artists like John Digweed, Andrew Weatherall, Tony Humphries, Adam Beyer, Ricardo Villalobos, Marco Carola and many more. Since its conception in 2001, the fabric mix series has risen to become one of the most respected in Europe; the release of one of these compilations can prove to be a pivotal moment in an artist’s career. It’s a notable highlight for Eats, who first took on the famous fabric decks in 2011 and has been returning ever since.
The result is a musical treat for lovers of all shades of house, from the classic to the modern. One thing that unites the records in the mix, as Eats explains, is that they all “have had some kind of meaning to me and I have played every one of them at fabric… some are old, some are new, some are bangers, some are groovers, some are trippy, some are euphoric, but they are all ‘fabric records’ and that’s what this mix is all about – condensing what I would do in Room 1/2/3 over four hours or so, into a 75 minute mix.”
Included in the mix are two special new tracks – Lauren Lane’s playful ‘The Diary of a Madwoman’, which is due for release on Eats Everything’s own imprint, Edible, at the end of January 2016, and ‘Baby Talk’, a production that Cajmere created especially for this mix.
Eats kicks off fabric 86 with a classic Danny Tenaglia edit of The Ananda Project’s ‘Cascades of Colour’, whose echoing, hypnotic vocals prove an attention-grabbing, nostalgia-tinged start to the 75 minutes.
Expertly building pace, the mix takes in laidback deep house groover ‘Kaimanawa’ by Cavalier and the darker ‘Nostalgia’ by Peter Horrevorts before the distinctive flute melody of Lauren Lane’s ‘Diary of a Madwoman’ is teased in.
A ravey, uplifting section of chords, cowbells and vocals keeps the pace up, before the minimal, stuttering percussion and subtle buss-saw synths of the Jeff Bennett remix of Tim J’s ‘Motion’ takes us down a notch into deeper, minimalistic territory.
Classic highlights over the second half of the mix also include Booka Shade’s dark, stomping ‘Trespass 06’, and Golden Boy and Miss Kittin’s career-making 2001 hit ‘Rippin Kittin’.
Eats chooses to sign off with the 1996 classic, ‘Galaxia’ by Moonman. It’s a track with real personal significance for him - “It was the last track on both a Friday and Saturday night at Lakota in Bristol, so it felt fitting to finish one of the most important milestones of my career with something that has been very important in the build-up of this becoming my career.” With its emotion-laden synths and uplifting, spacey chords, it’s the perfect way to round off a diverse mix.
fabric 86 marks the start of what looks set to be a significant year for Eats Everything. He worked non-stop throughout 2015 to build his label and event series Edible, all whilst touring relentlessly. 2016 sees the release schedule for Edible picking up pace, whilst Eats has a collaboration with house legend Green Velvet lined up, as well as productions on both Edible and Pets Recordings. Touring-wise Eats will be as busy as ever, with shows already confirmed at Elrow, Bugged Out Weekender, Winter Social and Lost and Found.
Eats Everything launches fabric 86 on Saturday 13th February 2016, alongside Craig Richards & Green Velvet. For full line-up and tickets visit http://www.fabriclondon.com/club/listing/1207.
01 - Ananda Project - Cascades of Colour (Danny Tenaglia Edit Of Saffron Mix) [Nite Grooves]
02 - Toka Project - Feelin’ This Way [Tango]
03 - Cavalier - Kaimanawa [Drumpoet Community]
04 - Peter Horrevorts - Nostalgia [Bla Bla]
05 - Lauren Lane - Diary Of A Madwoman [Edible]
06 - Jaz Woods - Kickback (Tim J Remix) [Smoke]
07 - Stephen Brown - Medusa [Technorama]
08 - Âme - Fiori (Dixon Beat Edit) [Innervisions]
09 - Kerrier District - Techno Disco (KiNK Remix) [Hypercolour]
10 - Tim J - Motion (Jeff Bennett Remix) [Kung Fu Dub]
11 - Gabi 2B - Groovers Maneuvers [Bullet Dodge]
12 - DJ 3000 - Take Me Away (Truncate Remix) [Motech]
13 - Booka Shade - Trespass 06 [Kammermeier & Merziger]
14 - Golden Boy with Miss Kittin - Rippin Kittin (X-Press 2 Late Night Homicide Remix) [Ladomat 2000]
15 - Mosca - White Mice [Not So Much]
16 - Trikk - Prime Time [Hype_LTD]
17 - Joi Cardwell - Jump For Joi (Spike Dub) [No-Mad Industries]
18 - Whiplash pres. New York Slick - Over Me (Whiplash Sub Bass Mix) [Groovilicious]
19 - Cajmere - Baby Talk [Cajual]
20 - Moonman - Galaxia [Flashover]