Introducing The 780 Project


I would like to introduce something very special for 2016:

The 780 Project

What is this?

Well, I am planning on putting out a ton of mixes this year so that I can feature 780 different tracks by the end of 2016, or 15 tracks for each of the 52 weeks of the year.

Is this an insane undertaking?

Well, uh, yes, indeed it is.

Why am I doing it?

Well, most obviously, to see if I can do it. Consider this a particularly bonkers (and public) New Year’s resolution. I mean, past resolutions of mine have revolved around losing tons of weight (not that successful, to be honest) or being able to not drink for a month (I was able to do that, but I drink a lot less than I used to so this one doesn’t seem like such an achievement now), but this year marks 20 years of me collecting records, so it seemed like a good time to really stretch myself creatively.

And make no mistake, this project will be a big stretch. I managed 16 mixes in 2015, which is pretty decent going, but this new plan is much, much more ambitious.

I have tons of ideas for mixes to do, and I am pretty confident in my ability to execute a good mix in one take with minimal preparation, but this is still a creative mountain to climb. I do have almost 3000 records and several hundred cd’s, so I clearly can pick 780 tracks with no repetition, but getting beyond the 10 obvious ideas for mixes that I could scribble down right now will be a big challenge.

Can I do it?

I don’t know! Which is part of the reason I want to try …

Generally speaking, the idea will be to upload a new 15 track mix every Sunday. This isn’t a hard or fast rule, because sometimes the mixes will be longer and sometimes shorter, and sometimes I will miss a week or two, but that’s the general idea.

The specific reason for 15 tracks is that it seems like an eminently achievable goal when you break it down to the specifics. At four minutes per track (which is generally longer than I keep tracks in the mix anyways), that would end up being 60 minutes of recorded time per week, which together with some time for preparation (picking tracks, testing mix combos) would probably not require more than two to three hours of time all together in a typical week.

I don’t have tons of free time – I work full time and I have a family, so I can’t devote incredible amounts of time to this project, but two hours per week is eminently achievable if it’s split up over a few days.

What do I hope to achieve with this project?

On a personal level, I want to see if I can do it. If music is something that I love (and it is), then I feel like the time has come to really push the boat out and see what I can do with it. What can I achieve if I really try? That’s what I want to find out.

Secondly, I want people to listen to the mixes. Anyone who makes some kind of musical project publicly available, whether an original composition or a dj mix, wants people to hear it and enjoy it. I really am chuffed when I get good feedback, and being able to share music with people and touch their lives, even in a fleeting way, is a great feeling.

Thirdly, I am 35 years old and have been mixing records since I was 16, so I harbor no illusions that I am on the verge of becoming a superstar dj (not that that is what I want anyways), but if this project could lead to some more gigs in and around Berlin then that would be cool. After a long break from playing in clubs, I’ve actually had some gigs recently, so a big thank you to Vali from Parallax, Martin from Blasted, and Casper and Federico from Mechatronica for booking me.

Finally, my day job is in digital analytics, so I am setting myself some KPIs to achieve on Soundcloud in 2016, just to see if I can. Specifically, I would like to double the number of my followers from 1000 to 2000, and I would like to get at least 60,000 listens (up from 33,000 in 2015). I recognize that these are pretty ambitious goals for someone who is solely a dj, who doesn’t play at big-name Berlin clubs like Berghain, About Blank, Golden Gate or Suicide Circus, who doesn’t produce, and who doesn’t make even a vague pretense of sticking to one style (which is, I’m sure, somewhat confusing or off-putting for some people). In any case, hitting these Soundcloud goals is just pure ego gratification – it won’t improve my or my family’s real world life in any way – but since I am being creatively ambitious with this project I might as well dream big on the results too, right?

Finally, I have to give a shout out to Chrissy Murderbot for the inspiration for the project. Back in 2009/2010 the Chicago dj/producer did his Year of Mixtapes project, where every week for a year he did a new mix, covering along the way all kinds of electronic music styles, such as jungle, juke, electro, house, techno, bassline, rave, and much much more. If you love electronic music, I highly recommend digging around in the archives for stuff to listen to. The 780 Project will be functionally different, in that the idea is more about the total number of tracks instead of the total number of mixes (plus the styles featured will be somewhat different), but his project is the original inspiration for sure.

So what is in store musically? It’s going to be all kinds of stuff – drum n’ bass, jungle, hard trance, techno, dubstep, old skool, bass music, electro, psy trance, grime, and other stuff …

To keep track of things, I will regularly update a publicly viewable Google Sheet which will list every track that I use through the year, complete with links to the release on Discogs as well as to the accompanying blog post as well as to the streaming version at Soundcloud or (sometimes) Mixcloud.

So that’s The 780 Project in a nutshell … I hope you enjoy the music through the year and please feel free to drop me your feedback here or via social media, and please share the music with friends, family, and unwilling neighbors.

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Pearsall’s 2014 Mixes in One Easy Soundcloud Playlist

Listen to all of my mixes from 2014 in one easy place with this Soundcloud playlist – can’t argue with that!

Here are the mixes, in chronological order:

Happy New Year!


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Soundcloud 30k


How sweet it is.

Big shout to everyone who has listened to my mixes on my Soundcloud page.

New mix and special 30k celebration competition coming up.


Mix Ideas for 2014

Here are some of my ideas for mixes for 2014, across acid, house, techno, bass, dubstep, drum n’ bass, hard trance and freeform! I meant to write this, but I have failed to do so by now, hence I just recorded it into my phone and uploaded it to Soundcloud. C’est la vie.

Have a listen and give me your feedback!

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Download Pearsall ‘Dreaming of Berlin’ and the rest of Freeformatted Vol. 2 for FREE!

Freeformatted Vol. 2

Very chuffed with this bit of news:

A massive massive thanks to everyone who has downloaded and enjoyed the tune so far!

As you might remember, a few months back I made a freeform tune called ‘Dreaming of Berlin’ at A.B.’s studio; now you can download it totally for FREE, right here:

Here’s what I said about the tune at the time:

It was quite an interesting day out for me. I had sent a lot of different influences through to Alex in advance (from hard trance to jungle), so when I got there he was able to quickly translate my somewhat hazy ideas into a real actual track in just one day. As is the usual case when a dj works with an engineer, what I did was basically arrangements (“no hi-hats there”, “let’s make the acid stab sharper”, “put the Amen snatch right on the bass note in the break”, “how about we take the bubble off the bass and stick to a straight off-beat?”), with him doing all of the actual manipulations for the sake of speed and clarity. Overall, it was a lot of fun being in the studio, and I am personally very pleased with the results.

With this tune I wanted to capture some of the magic of the mid-90?s M-Zone and Mark EG hard trance sound and cross it with contemporary freeform … judge for yourself how well we did it!

Make sure to go to Soundcloud to get the rest of the tunes!

Full tracklisting:

1) Qygen – Supersonic Speed 2013
2) SamHard & Meke – Heaven and Hell
3) Pearsall – Dreaming of Berlin
4) Flammable DJs – Unity (H-Blast remix DUB)
5) Sebucan – Unleash the Power Within Your Soul
6) pHate – The Last Question
7) MHX – Gray Death
8) Le Dos-On – Sanctuary
9) Custom Built DJs – Myriad
10) Ikaruga_Nex – Dilapidated 2013
11) Evolutionize – Pain
12) Vyral XIII – Scathe

All in all, it’s a brilliant compilation, with a very very level of quality throughout the album. Enjoy!

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A sneak preview of Machines In Love …

Just been playing with the Vine app, and have come up with a little video to show you the records featured on my Machines In Love mix, which I recorded over the weekend. Coming soon to Sonicrampage …

Old School Mix Marathon V

Tomorrow: Old School Mix Marathon V!

old school mix marathon v

Coming tomorrow, it’s the Old School Mix Marathon V! My brand new acid mix, Slaves to the Silver Box, will be premiering, so make sure you tune in! As before, I will be featuring all of the mixes here at Sonicrampage, so look forward to them appearing next week.


Where: radio [ Classic Electronica Channel ]
When: 21.-22.3.2013 [check schedule below]
Music: 90s trance, acidtechno, hardtrance, hardcore, acidtrance, goa…

pre-party 21.3.2013:
old original 90s mixtapes [thanks to these 90s legends for sending mixtapes!]. Over 5 hours pure 90s sound!

DJ SNOWMAN – Live At Energy 1999
ELIOT NESS – The Art Of Mixing # 2-3
ORKIDEA – Unity Mixtape # 2
SASHA F – Meilahti Monotrax 1 & 2 Mixtape
DJ BATES – Rave Mixtape

main party 22.3.2013:
new oldskool sets…over 7 hours classics and rare tunes.

YOKO vs MEKE – hardtrance [Rave´o´lution mixtape]
DJ DAWN vs MEKE – hardtrance [RetroActive 6 mixtape]
YOKO – rave
PEARSALL – acidtechno
MORDEN – goa

London timezone
5pm-10:06pm pre-party
5pm-12:46am main event

Berlin timezone
6pm-11:06pm pre-party
6pm-1:46am main event

Helsinki timezone
7pm-12:06am pre-party
7pm-2:46am main event

“Peace, love, unity & rave”
DJ Meke

Check out the Old School Mix Marathon IV

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More XLR8R Podcast Cue Files …

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Just a little post for today, but I wanted to let you know that I’ve now updated my XLR8R Podcasts cue file frenzy post with cue files for XLR8R magazine podcasts from techno hero Ben Sims, UK Funky maestro Champion, deep beats wizard Om Unit, and Detroit electro mainstay DJ Stingray. Check it out!


Mix concepts for 2013


About one year ago, in my Morally Diminished 3 post, I said:

Every mix I do starts with an idea. Not a big idea, not a complicated idea, but a simple idea, one that can generally can be boiled down to a sentence or less … At any given moment I have a whole bunch of these little mix ideas floating around my head – some of them are quite fleshed out in terms of what kind of tracks I want to feature, while others are much vaguer, just a basic concept and a fuzzy feeling that, hey, it would be nice to put that mix together at some point.

Nothing has changed …

I still have lots of ideas for mixes! So, I thought it would be fun to share some of the concepts with you and get your feedback, as it would be really good to hear what people want to hear. Having borrowed some CDJ’s from my good buddy Jamie, I can also do some different mixes than before, it being a lot cheaper to pick up 15-20 tracks digitally than on vinyl!

At this point I should point out that I already have two fresh mixes in the bag and ready to be posted to Sonicrampage. Rampage Turbo 15 is already available to stream, but I’ve not had a chance to split it into separate tracks yet, due to my desktop pc being on its deathbed; I’ve got a new one on the way, so that mix should be available to grab sometime next week. Also coming later this month is Slaves to the Silver Box, an old skool acid mix that I have done for’s Old School Mix Marathon V (check out the mixes from volume four) – I’m quite excited for that project, because besides the mix being another 303 journey along the lines of The Waveform Cult and Beyond The Valley Of The Acid Vixens, featuring tracks from the likes of Hardfloor, DJ Misjah, Nostrum, Josh Wink, and more, but it’s also having a cover made up by an old high school friend who has very handily turned into an awesome artist, plus I have a pretty cool idea for the accompanying essay – I just need to make that a reality!

So, without further ado, genre by genre, here are some of the mix ideas I had in mind for 2013:

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Slight change of plans for tomorrow

So, as it turns out, the Freeformaniacs show won’t be running tomorrow, due to a problem with streaming it. No matter! My mix will be appearing here tomorrow lunchtime for everyone to enjoy. Keep your eyes peeled.

In other news, my next Freeformaniacs show will be on Thursday the 6th of December, so for that one I will be doing something a bit different – I’m going to borrow some cdj’s and do a mix of actual modern freeform. Really!

Here are a few tracks which will be featuring on that mix: