Updated November 30, 2011
Well, I’ve finally updated this after several years of slackness! I’m a 31 year-old native New Yorker who is currently living in south-west London with my wife and baby daughter. We’ve been back in London for eight months after a year and a half of being in Edinburgh.
The concept of this blog is that it is 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!).
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.
I don’t really play out any more, since I no longer have the taste for kissing the promoter ass necessary to get gigs (however, if you want to book me, get in touch!), 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.
All of these mixes have been recorded live, off of vinyl playing on two Technics 1210′s, with a Pioneer DJM-600 mixer (except for some of the older ones, which were done on my old Numark mixer). I don’t use Ableton, Final Scratch, CDJ’s, or anything like that … due to time constraints relating to my family life, to a certain degree I will now record mixes in chunks and edit them together in Soundforge, which is not ideal, but that’s how things go. What I did is what you hear! I’ve made sure to link to each of the releases on Discogs, since I have no interest in hiding what the tunes are. I’m happy to share!
I haven’t played out in a long time, but if you want to book me for a set, please get in touch by emailing me at pearsall[at]gmail.com. It’ll have to be some flavor of old skool, and it’ll all be vinyl.
When I set up the site I wrote a longer waffle about myself, which you can check out here if you are so inclined.