Eat Beats is a brand new, forward-thinking student night in Manchester hosted by Sound Control. The launch night kicks off on Wednesday the 27th of April with a fantastic line up of top-notch DJs covering house, techno, bassline, hip-hop, grime and everything in between. Joining them on the evening will be resident DJ duo Understate. Quickly becoming a name to look out for, they have created a buzz in the house and electronic scene with their bass-heavy tracks and energetic live sets.
We caught up with the guys to get the low down on the party and find what Eat Beats is all about.
You’re playing at the launch party for Eat Beats—the brand new, forward-thinking night at Manchester Sound Control. Are you looking forward to this one?
Yes, it’s a really exciting time seeing a new promotion team coming in with some very exciting artists on the line up. We have just recently finished the uni lifestyle in Leeds and we are aware of student culture. We think it’s got the right format to get people gassed. There’s a very bright future for Eat Beats and we are really proud to be a part of it.
What can we expect from your set?
High energy and good vibes. We spend a lot of time working on our sets to ensure a flow of groovy house bangers that people can get stuck into on the dance floor. We play a lot of our own productions intertwined with artists that are really pushing boundaries within the house scene. We like to play a lot of different records together, different aspects of house, which at points will slip into the darker side of tech.
You’ve played warm up sets for the likes of Disclosure, Gorgon City and DJ EZ and will be playing at Hideout Festival this summer. What else have you got planned this year?
We have some really exciting material we have been working on over the last few months, which will be surfacing throughout 2016. This year we have been working with some very talented vocalists and producers that have been feeling our sound. Hideout is a big thing for us this year, everything leads up to this.
You’ve just completed a promo mix ahead of the Eat Beats night, how did the mix come together and track selection?
It was a fun mix to put together. It’s very current and represents an insight of what to expect from an Understate set. There’s tracks featured from local artists right up to major house players. It’s more steered towards a tech sounding set but right at this moment in time, it’s the tracks we fully back for the club.
You’ve recently dropped your new track ‘Don’t Stop’ which is available for free download via your Soundcloud page. Tell us about the track.
We started this track a long time ago. Usually we would scrap tracks that linger about but there was something a bit special with this one. It kept drawing us back and as our sound developed further we finally got to a place where we could smash it out. It’s kind of where the name come from. ‘Don’t Stop’ until something is finished. It was a small lesson to keep hold of those wavey ideas that don’t make the cut and then come back weeks later with some fresh vibes.
What music is on your radar at the moment?
Solardo, Kideko, Sonny Fodera and Justin Jay are some of the artists we’ve been feeling at the moment.
What activities have you got lined up for 2016, any more new music?
We have some really exciting material we have been working on over the last few months, which will be surfacing throughout 2016. This year we have been working with some very talented vocalists and producers that have been feeling our sound. We’re feeling the collaborative thing at the moment, it’s great to work with other musicians who bring new ideas about. We have just released a special track ‘Earl Grey’. It’s a collab with our late friend Hunty, who was a big supporter of our music.
You can catch Understate play at the launch party of Eat Beats at Manchester Sound Control on Wednesday 27th April. Tickets are on sale now and are available at soundcontrolmanchester.co.uk/events/eat-beats-launch-party/
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