Melbourne gets a massive treat on Friday 10 June when Ewan Pearson (UK) drops in to play Bamboozled.
The biography of Ewan Pearson is nothing short of astounding for its accomplishments and diversity. Regarding music Ewan Pearson has been making records since 1996 when he started out with two singles for Lee Fisher’s Birmingham indie label Bosting Records, (“Motorcade” as Villa America and Dirtbox‚ “The Reason”). Ewan’s love of house and techno saw him hook up with Soma Records for his first critically-acclaimed Maas EP. This was followed by a second EP (including the deep techno fave “Juan Is The Teacher”), and an album, “Latitude”. Following the release of “Latitude” Ewan took Maas out as a live act. With over forty club and festival gigs around the UK and Europe he played at nights such as Slam, Bugged Out, The End, Laurent Garnier’s legendary ‘Wake Up’ at Paris’ Rex Club, and Berlin's Tresor. He has also played at the Sonar, Benecassim and Roskilde festivals.
Next came a low-key downbeat release as World of Apples for Ideal’s Giant 45 label, which became something of a cult success. Tracks such as “Travis” and “Fifteen Months” from the Chroma EP were still being played two years after its release, and his World of Apples mix of Christian Zimmerman’s “Diary of a Lost Girl” (also on Giant 45) was lauded by the likes of Phil Mison and Mixmaster Morris as ‘a modern chill-out classic’.
Choosing no longer to play live while there was no new original material to promote Ewan started to DJ regularly in the UK and Paris in addition to gigs at Plages Sonores Festival in Montpellier, the Big Chill, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Istanbul. After several guest appearances he has also become one of the residents at Come Shake The Whole in London.
2002 saw Ewan's career as a remixer move from strength to strength. There are more remixes that we have space to mention, but picking from his discography there is Freeform 5 (“Perspex Sex” for Classic), Slam featuring Dot Allison (“Visions” for Soma), and with Alastair Usher Jaymz Nylon “I Know A Place” (Out of the Loop), Blake “Saturday Night” (Ideal), Midnight Star “Midas Touch” (Ideal) and Swag “Where I Belong” (Version Music). 2003 saw remixes of Goldfrapp’s “Train”, Ladytron (“Evil” for Telstar), and the Chemical Brothers / Flaming Lips collaboration “The Golden Path” (Virgin).
Ewan is currently living in Berlin and working there on his second artist album for Soma recordings. The new year should see the release of Ewan’s collaboration with Hope Grant on the forthcoming Envoy single “Move On”. An emotive piece of electronic soul with a stunning vocal from Grant, “Move On” also features a 29-piece string arrangement from Craig Armstrong.
Run, walk, hop, jump, do what it takes to catch Ewan Pearson in action on Friday 10 June at Bamboozled at Platform 1, Flinders St Melbourne. Tickets are $25+bf and on sale now.