Set One Twenty & Mint present Eats Everything All Night Long
Saturday 7th December
Mint Club, Leeds
Mint club have been excelling themselves with their recent lineups, and this was no exception. Advertised since Mint Festival back in September, the arrival of Eats Everything’s all night set had been much anticipated. He absolutely smashed it at the Circular Arena of Mint Festival 2013 with a monumental set that left people talking about him months later. So when I heard he was playing an all night set for Mint club and SetOne Twenty, it was too good to refuse.
Dan Pearce aka Eats Everything is one of the most easily loved DJs around at the moment, his fun personality and diverse style beams through his music. After 19 years of DJing, Dan’s journey began in 2011 with the fittingly titled debut Entrance Song on Catz N Dogz' Pets Recordings imprint. This catapulted him into the limelight and with further releases such as Doldrums and Need ft Leah it is clear this talented man belongs there.
One thing that you can find with long sets as an audience member is you tend to drift in and out of concentration, mixes can tend to drag and you can find yourself wondering. Eats Everything did not allow that to happen! He not only brought brilliant music to our ears but he entertained. There was a light vibe to begin with; we were fresh off the street and ready to groove, an epic mix of Motor City Drum Ensemble - Send A Prayer Pt.1 brought everyone together perfectly with the cheeky saxophone in this track keeping spirits high.
Every night takes you on a journey and Eats was with us every step of the way with a fitting soundtrack, as we danced past midnight the bass began to build producing a deeper contrast to the movement of some acid house sounds. A stand out moment for me was Booka Shade and Mandy’s Body language, the melody was instantly recognised, raising a cheer and kept the crowd dancing without a second thought. With further base driven beats powering through the night Eats began to mix it up again an almighty mix of Massive Attack’s Teardrop, the soft melodic tone of the vocals gave you a moment to breath amongst the crowd, until he dropped back in that dirty bass, a bellowing beat with such power. Towards the end of the night there was no slowing down, Mint was still packed and one of my last memories was a great mix of Tiga and Audion’s 2013 collaboration, Let's Go Dancing – with the crowd chanting the lyrics straight back to the DJ booth.
Many DJs describe their work as diverse, however only after experiencing Eats Everything’s all night set can I say that he has by far produced a night with some of the best genres and seamless mixes. There was never a moment I wasn’t dancing, a pretty good measure of the DJ in my opinion.
Review by Becky Stringer
Images courtesy of Daniel Watson