"There has to be something that I can hear working in a different disco context," Pearson tells Spinner of his track selection. "I have to please the artist and I have to please myself, too. Nine Inch Nails I couldn't do because of a schedule thing. I turned down the first-ever Franz Ferdinand single because I was exhausted."
Pearson also waxes poetic about his biggest influence, fellow British DJ/producer Andrew Weatherall. "I have been a fan of his playing and his music since I started going to clubs in 1989," he says. "He has stayed fascinating and inspiring and relevant."
Pearson makes club rounds throughout Europe, including one of his favorite London haunts: Fabric. And while he primarily DJs on the CD format, Pearson doesn't neglect the increasingly lost treasure: vinyl. He produces his tracks on softwares like Logic, Ableton Live and Pro Tools, and was honored with the Podcast of the Year award by the well-respected Resident Advisor Web site.
He's shied away from original productions in recent years but that doesn't mean the now Berlin-based DJ is slowing down. Pearson was recently tapped to take part in the esteemed Fabric DJ Mix, making his mark as number 35 in the acclaimed series. In addition, his remix work is compiled on a two-disc set, to be released on K7 later this month.
Look for Pearson's 'Piece Work' remix compilation, pick up the retail version of his Fabrix mix and check him out at a club near you.
Download: Fields 'Song for the Fields' (Ewan Pearson Remix) (MP3)
Ewan Pearson DJ Mix Tracklisting
01. Junior Boys, 'Like A Child' (Carl Craig remix) - Domino
02. Motorcity Soul, 'Kazan' - Aus
03. The Chemical Brothers, 'Do It Again' (Audion's House Arrest remix) - Virgin
04. Superpitcher, 'Superjam '- Kompakt Extra
05. Omar S, 'Shadow Ray' - FXH
06. MANDY, 'Put Put Put' (Tobi Neumann remix) - Get Physical
07. Kerri Chandler, 'Bar A Thym' (Peace Division Soft Heavy mix) - NRK
08. Danton Eeprom, 'One Thing Leads To Another' - Tsuba
09. Gui Boratto, 'Mr Decay' (Robert Babicz remix) - Kompakt
10. Wild Rumpus, 'Musical Blaze Up' (Rob Mello's No Ears mix) - Bitches Brew
11. Lopazz, 'Share My Rhythm' (Isolee remix) - Get Physical
12. Tangerine Dream, 'Love On A Real Train' (Williams v. Sasse re-edit) - CDR