About Me

Pearsall

Updated January 5, 2014

Sonicrampage is a musical project by Pearsall, i.e. me.

Look, I hate it when people write stuff about themselves in the third person, especially dj’s – DJ X is a true artisan of sound, a careful crafter of dancefloor experiences blah blah bla … you’re not fooling anyone, pal! As for who I am, well, I’m a 33 year-old native New Yorker who is currently living in Berlin, where I recently moved from London with my wife and daughter, where I lived for two and a half years after moving from Edinburgh, where I lived for a year and a half after living in London, etc etc etc. So I’ve moved quite a bit!

Anyways, the concept of this blog is not particularly complicated. It’s a place for me to showcase my mixes and my writing, as well as guest mixes from other dj’s that I like. I always try to go a bit beyond what other people do – I like to do something a bit more than just do a mix and slap it up on Soundcloud or a cyber-locker site like Sendspace or Mediafire (not to knock dj’s who do that). I enjoy writing, and this site has given me a space to write about music and other stuff – some of the essays are about the specific mix, whilst others talk about other stuff I’m interested in, including my memories of going raving (something I don’t do much of these days!), plus I also showcase photos, art, and other bits and bobs.

I have been mixing under the name Pearsall (pronounced Peer-sol) since I was 16 years old. I initially fell in love, deeply and madly, with dance music at the age of 15 and I then spent over a year saving up for Technics and shitty mixer, putting aside money from summer and part-time jobs, and birthday and Christmas presents … my mission was clear. Although I was initially in a monogamous relationship with jungle, over the years since I have played across a wide range of dance music genres, as you can see from the mixes featured in this site, from the spectrum of London bass music (from jungle/drum n’ bass to grime and dubstep, although not UK garage, which I’ve never liked) to electro, breaks, house, techno and the full constellation of harder 4/4 music genres (acid techno/trance, hard trance, hard house, nu-nrg, freeform, etc.), and I’ve played all kinds of stuff at clubs, raves, house parties, and free parties over that time.

For most of 2013 I was running the Freeformaniacs weekly freeform podcast, but I had to step down when the big move to Berlin happened.

I don’t really play out any more, since I no longer have the taste for kissing the promoter ass necessary to get gigs , but back in the day along with a couple of friends I ran a monthly club night in Edinburgh called Rampage in 2001 and 2002, in case you are wondering why so many of the mixes have Rampage in their titles. If you want to read some of my memories of my time in the Edinburgh club scene, check out the posts to accompany Rampage Audio 2 and Squat Rocking 4.

I’m a big-time vinyl junkie, so most of these mixes were recorded using my trusty Technics 1210’s, however a year ago I acquired a pair of Pioneer CDJ1000’s, so some of the more recent mixes were done using cd’s.

When I set up the site I wrote a longer waffle about myself, which you can check out here if you are so inclined.

More links:

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Also, if you want to download the one and only tune I’ve ever made, Dreaming of Berlin (it’s freeform hardcore), you can listen to it and download it below:

  • Ian

    Hi Pearsall,

    I am having a hard time down loading the files since I have a Mac with no right click. I will have to try it on a PC.

    Hope all is well wit you, I will get at you soon.

    Peace and Blessings

  • hey Ian, I’m not a Mac expert, but if you hold the ctrl button and then click on the download link (the title below the cover image) that should allow you to download on a Mac

  • Matej

    Hi,

    I want to buy your record
    TNT (4) – Ti Ta TNT (12″)
    Label: Titanic Records
    Cat#: TTC 017

    which is listed at discogs.com and I am now in London
    (but I am leaving at monday)
    can we meet somewhere? please write me email. thanks

  • Daisy

    Just checked out yr website, very cool & interesting stuff. Keep up the good work.

    Daisy

  • thanks Daisy!

  • ANTONIUS

    THANX PEARSALL THE MIXES ARE THE BOOOOSH BEST IVE EVER LISTENED TO YOURS THE ORIGINAL TECHNO HEAD AKA ACID LIFE-SUBWAY

  • ANTONIUS

    I AM GOING TO BE WORKING ON SOME NEW TITLES WOULD YOU BE INTRESTED IN GIVING THEM SOME AIRPLAY TEC

  • thanks, glad you like them!

    in regards to your tunes, I don’t have cd decks unfortunately, so unless you had them on vinyl they wouldn’t be much use to me. apologies!

  • ANTONIUS

    WHEN RU PLAYING IN LONDON TOWN AGAIN

  • I dunno – probably never! (Unless someone were to book me, but I’ve not really been actively looking for gigs)

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  • iQ!

    Congrats dude on your marriage!
    Cant get enuff of your mixes!

  • Thanks dude – lots more to come!

  • Consider yourself booked. Not sure what for…

    Maybe you can heat things up after the ceilidh band..

  • Andy Micke

    I am looking for a bloke goes by Phil Zero.
    Anyone know were I can find him.

    Thanks,

    Andy

  • Andy Micke
  • hi Andy,

    Phil’s website is MrZero.co.uk.

  • oi oi my fellow Energy UK vetran 🙂

    how are you? i see you found your way to our website… yourt karim and baby doc mixes turned up on there a couple of months ago

    Small world , i was just talking to Skelp about you not so long ago!

    hope ur well man… i’ll have a bash at some of these mixes here, cheers

  • hey Cuffy, I’m very well thanks! Back in Edinburgh now, and things are going well.

    Hope you enjoy the mixes!

  • ChubbyGibbon

    Great site thanks for all the mixes and interesting reads.

  • thanks very much!

  • Raf

    Crazy stuff samsara and pendragon. Remember me great times. What about parties now ?????

  • Greetings Mr.Pearsall, just to let You know, I left You a lengthy message on your psynews profile, not having realized You have a dedicated site of your own; all in all, the breakdown is that I find the two mixes I’ve heard simply awesome, and I will look forward to hearing more!!! Thanx…k

  • Hello Mr.Pearsall, just to let You know, I left You a lengthy message on your psynews profile, not having realized You have a dedicated site of your own; all in all, the breakdown is that I find the two mixes I’ve heard simply awesome, and that I look forward to hearing more!!! Thanx…k

  • Thanks! Glad you like them Mr Madanian! Hope you enjoy the other mixes you listen to 🙂

  • Alex

    There’s one thing that’s been bugging me for ages – what the hell are “sweeping pads”? I probably could google it but I’m sure you’ll describe it far better

  • Hi Alex, sorry for the delay in getting back to you – I was away last week and never got around to responding to this. So sorry! Sweeping pads are basically those swooshing synth sounds that were so popular in jungle/dnb in the early 90’s.

    Check out Heavy Vibes by The Sentinel (aka Photek) – hear those swooshing sounds right at the beginning? Those are what I would consider ‘sweeping pads’.

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  • Baron Von Boom

    Hey there
    Just found your page while searching for Dj Choci & remembering better days so just wanted to say thanks for the Choci mix & by chance a big Nuclear Hyde fan so double win:)
    Great mixes, keep it alive! 😀

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