LessThan3: What was it like being chosen to collaborate with Nile Rodgers for the 2013 IMS anthem?
Dan: Well, I didn’t really collab with him, as it was more of a remix really, but I did speak to him a few times, and he’s just a f*cking incredible guy. He’s a quote machine. I’ve never known one man to say so many poignant things. He sent me the parts and a couple of the bits I didn’t really like, and I felt really bad, but I called him back. He sung a particular thing, and I didn’t really like the way he sung it, so he redid that. He was just so open to anything and everything that you wanted to do and really enthusiastic. Hopefully I’ll get to work with him again. He said he wants to, so I don’t know. He’s the busiest man on the planet right now.
LessThan3: Who are some other names in music that you would love to collaborate with?
Dan: Jacques Lu Cont
. I’ve met him and he’s a really nice guy and I respect the things that he’s done in the past. I’d love to work with Switch
as well at some point in the future. I met him while I was in LA, and he was great. I’m open to work with anyone. Other than those guys I mentioned, I don’t really sit there and think to myself, ‘I’d like to work with this guy, or that guy.’ I am quite happy working on my own, and if the opportunity arises that I get to work with someone, then bring it on. But if it doesn’t, then it’s not the end of the world for me.
LessThan3: What are some stand-out differences in the sound and style you produced under the Coat Of Arms collaboration with Chris James versus Eats Everything?
With the Chris James thing, pretty much all of the records, apart from one of them that came out on Pets
, I wrote. We did a couple of things together, but at the time everything was a little bit segregated–like, you could only be in the techno scene if you were in the techno scene. It was just in that transitionary kind of period, but now everyone’s in it together, and everyone kinda mucks in together. But I wouldn’t really say there’s much difference, especially not nowadays. I haven’t made any music in ages because I’ve been on the road the whole time, but nowadays I try to make everything I make as different as I possibly can from what I’ve made before and also from what’s out there now because I want to be king, to be leading the pack and not just sat in the middle of it.
If you think about it, two years ago, when I first sort of blew up, the only labels that were putting out music like the music that me and Justin Martin and Catz ‘N Dogz, et cetera, are making, were dirtybird and Pets. Now there are hundreds and hundreds of labels all putting out that kind of music. If you come and watch me play now, you probably won’t hear very many dirtybird-type records. I play a lot more techno and groovy kind of house stuff just ’cause I want to be ahead of the game not chasing the game. I don’t want that sounding in any way arrogant. I’m not saying I’m the f*cking leader. I’m just saying to have longevity within this industry, you’ve got to be willing to step out of boundaries and not get stuck in making the same sounding sh*t, because you can get really big and do really well for a while, and that can disappear so quickly if you get stuck in a rut. If you stay to one style, you’ll disappear.
LessThan3: How did you decide on the name Eats Everything?
Dan: Because I eat a lot, and I play everything. I don’t actually eat everything. We were sat last night eating dinner at this Japanese place, me, Justin, and his Girlfriend, Patty, and it’s quite remarkable how much stuff I don’t actually eat. So “Eats Everything” is basically a massive lie. It’s just because of “Eats,” and it stands out, and I thought the logo could be cool. I looked at the Burger King logo before I decided and thought that would look alright, so I did the logo in my head on my own. It’s quite important to have a good name to stand out.
LessThan3: Who are some producers in Bristol that really impress you right now?
There’s a guy called Lucas whom I make music with. He’s f*cking amazing. He’s just not quite on the brink yet, but he’s an amazing producer. And this guy named Outboxx
in Bristol. He’s making some pretty good stuff, but to be honest, I really haven’t had a chance to scope over what’s going on. This summer has been such a whirlwind for me. From the first week in June to the middle of October, if you divide the amount of days by the amount of gigs I’m DJing, I’m DJing every other day, so it’s a lot. I generally just go on Beatport or on other music download sites, or I just check promos. I don’t really have a chance to go and source like, ‘oh, is this guy from Bristol;’ I just need to get as much new music as I can. I don’t really look at where they’re from. But after the summer, I will have more free time, so I’ll be able to pay more attention to what’s going on.
LessThan3: Most of the dirtybird team is SF-based. How did you link up with them? Do you find yourself out in San Francisco often?
I find myself out here about three times a year, and the hookup came about from J.Phlip
, basically. She was playing in Bristol, and I tried to give my tracks to Barclay, or Claude VonStroke
. He had to rush out, so I gave her the tracks, she loved them, and immediately passed them on to Catz ‘N Dogz. Catz ‘N Dogz played them in Miami, loved them, signed them, and then I made The Size
, which Barclay wanted so bad he put his offer in, and that’s it. That’s how it all started, really. It’s gone from strength to strength. We get on really well. I consider Justin my best friend in the industry now. It’s been great.
LessThan3: Who’s most interesting person you’ve ever had a meal with?
Dan: I had dinner with Boy George years and years ago when I was DJing under the name Dan Pearce in like 2003. At the time, he was one of the top DJs in the UK, and also, he was Boy George, and I was just some little-known resident from Bristol. I played a gig with him, and before that, we went out to dinner at this restaurant, and he just sat talking with my girlfriend about makeup and stuff. It was just such a thrill for a 23-year-old kid. Now it’s a bit more normal. I go out to dinner with all these famous DJs, and I’m kinda used to it.
LessThan3: You’ve traveled the world–what’s your favorite pizza country?
Dan: I do like American… but I think Italy just cringed at me. Although, my favorite actual pizza I’ve ever had is in Bristol, and it’s the best on the planet. It’s its own style of pizza, and it’s really, really nice. I always have one if I’ve got a few days in Bristol.
LessThan3: Do you prefer thick or thin crust?
Dan: I probably prefer thin or something in-between, because the dough is amazing. It’s all about the dough for me, because the toppings are like, mushrooms are mushrooms, and cheese is cheese, really, to a certain degree, but the base can make all the difference.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Dan: Fun, *_*. I want a serious-faced emoticon.