Eats Everything/ Jackmaster/ Jasper James / Honey Dijon with Huxley/ Beckwith in the Panther Room

Eats Everything

Few producers of recent years have exploded onto the underground house scene like Eats Everything (aka Daniel Pearce). While some producers spend years finding their feet, Dan made a clear statement of intent with Entrance Song his debut release on Catz N Dogz Pet Recordings label that peaked at number 15 in Beatports all-genre house chart. Part of a new wave of talented producers coming out of the West Countrys Bass Central, that includes Julio Bashmore and Waifs & Strays, he delivers exquisitely crafted sample heavy tracks paying homage to everything from Randy Crawford to Ray Charles. The have already been picked up by DJs as varied as Josh Wink, Jamie Jones and Maya Jane Coles, who included Entrance Song in her recent Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1. In addition to this his Coat Of Arms side project with Chris James has already gained widespread praise with Is This Something signed to Jamie Jones new fabric mix compilation from Bristols fledgling Futureboogie label. His next two bass-laden dance bombs have been picked up Claude Von Stroke for his flagship Dirtybird label, due out this autumn. First up is Tric Tac, a co-production between Eats Everything and Worthy followed soon after by The Size which is already tipped to be one of 2011s best selling underground anthems.

Jackmaster

You never know exactly what you’re going to hear with Jackmaster. The element of glorious surprise is crucial to his sets: from the lost Dance Mania gems he spends his time unearthing to forgotten Disco tracks to straight-up house and techno sets, the Numbers co-founder has more options up his sleeve than just about any other DJ out there – and a rare knack for connecting seemingly disparate styles with each other. “I don’t do eclecticism just for eclecticism’s sake,” he states firmly.

What you are guaranteed to get is a master selector’s instinct for creating and riding the energy of a crowd: few can get a dancefloor as hyped as Jackmaster. “I don’t think about music in terms of genre, I think about it in terms of energy levels,” he says – and as his star has risen over the past few years, this has been on perfect display at parties from Glasgow to Berlin to New York, and from superclubs such as Berghain and Fabric to legendary underground warehouse parties.

He’s also proven that populist tendencies can have longevity, if done right: unbelievably, it’s now 10 years since the Numbers club night was founded, forging a tight-knit and loyal scene in which Jackmaster and like-minded Glaswegian’s could hone their skills. Now, the world can’t get enough of their sounds: the Numbers influence has spread across clubs and into the mainstream, with names such as Jessie Ware, SBTRKT, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and Jamie xx all having released material with the label.

At the heart of Jackmaster’s wide-ranging sensibility is a fundamental honesty: he believes in neither following trends nor the concept of guilty pleasures. His commitment to both honesty and energy encapsulates what can make dance culture life-changingly thrilling: it’s about the clubber on the dancefloor reacting instantaneously and truthfully to the music. Few cater to that dancer as effectively as Jackmaster – no mere “crowd-pleaser”, but someone always guaranteed to please the crowd.

Jasper James

Jasper James is a 23 year old DJ & producer hailing from Glasgow, who has immersed himself in the city's musical landscape from a young age. Taught to DJ at just 13 by his father, Subculture's Harri, Jasper has had access to an impeccable and wide ranging record collection of thousands from the day he was old enough to cue up a record. Having recently made his first contribution to the BBC's world renowned Essential Mix series, Jasper is now gearing up for a debut EP on the prestigious Optimo Trax label. Several of the tracks to be featured on the release have been receiving frequent airplay on Rinse and Radio 1, and getting heavy backing from the likes of Richy Ahmed, Bicep and Skream, who has earmarked Jasper as one of the producers to watch in 2014. A frequent collaborator and touring partner of fellow Glasgow native Jackmaster, at 23 Jasper is already a seasoned DJ with serious air miles under his belt. His gigs have taken him as far afield as London, Naples, Lyon, Barcelona and Ibiza, and has still found time to turn in several appearances on Rinse FM. Closer to home, Jasper holds the rare accolade of being youngest DJ ever to play at the Sub Club, and can often be found in the booth playing to a raucous Glasgow crowd.crowd.

Hard earned respect from your peers is a rare commodity but Huxley, aka Michael Dodman, has it in spades. Since his late teens he's been producing, seeing initial underground success as a garage producer before his sound partly mutated towards a deeper, house-based sound in the past few years. Collaborations with old mate Ethyl for the then hot-as-hell Cecille imprint in 2009 showed a producer receiving massive support for what instantly seemed like a fully developed sound.

Since then, Huxley has delivered releases for an enviable roster of labels (Tsuba, Morris Audio, Fear of Flying, Hypercolour and 20:20 Vision for starters) and has stayed true to his robust, bass-led strain of house music that reflects his formative interests in UK and US Garage, with critics, punters and peers lapping up each release and remix. Whether veering towards deeper vibes alongside Ethyl on his own Saints & Sonnets imprint, turning in cast iron grooves for Tsuba or full vocal barnstormers like his lauded 'Let It Go' single for Hypercolour early 2012, there's a clearly defined but pliable and versatile sound to Huxley productions that marks him out as a truly talented producer.

As a remixer, the Tring (Herfordshire, UK) man is hugely in demand, turning his hand to major label talents with as much flair and skills as he does underground cornerstones like Like Burridge or Maya Jane Coles. Completing the picture is his Djing – another perfect string to his bow that sees him tour his open minded and deftly programmed music selections in clubs and festivals across the world on a weekly basis.

Going forward, there's more of the impeccable same and more than a smattering of surprises on the way from Huxley. Singles for his tight knit group of labels (he just describes them as 'mates'), more collaborative projects with the likes of Sam Russo and Ethyl, production projects for vocalists (he's not naming names) and carefully chosen remixes are all on the way and, if anyone who has heard recent sets for Rinse FM and Fact Magazine will know, more on-point DJ sets that span house, garage, techno and beyond.

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