Eden is co-founder and resident of Room 303, quite possibly the fastest growing club night in the south of the UK. The night has hosted some of the underground’s most important rising selectors such as Or:La and Courtesy, as well as veritable dance music stars like The Zenker Brothers and Dense & Pika. Eden also serves as a resident at Nu Tropics, Hold it Down and Hijacked Festival.
The Room 303 boss delivers an hour of well paced, uncompromising selections from the darker end of the dance music spectrum. The first section features anxious synth lines and ethereal vocals atop a bed of rolling kicks and toms, establishing a hypnotic, tension-laden groove. Past the 20 minute mark, the tension resolves: orchestral pads burst to the surface and swell atop marauding toms and a sea of 909 rides. The groove loosens, allowing booming kicks and claps to come in, peppered by rapid hi-hats and buffets of white noise. At 45 minutes triumphant pads once again come to the fore, allowing things to simmer down and prepare for the passage of hard and direct Berghain techno that takes the mix to its conclusion. Finishing off proceedings on a breezier note with a dose of classic Drexcyia, the mix proves itself to be an tough and immensely enjoyable club-ready hour of heat.
We spoke to Eden about the mix and his work with Room 303:
-- Was there a theme or underlying concept for the mix?
“First and foremost it is designed to capture the Room 303 vibe. I know it’s cliché but I really do want to take the listener on a journey but I’ve ached over the sequence of tracks for a while so that you really can connect with the soundwaves and the rising then sustained then rising again intensity.
-- What is the ethos of Room 303 and is there a certain sound?
“When I started DJing with my pal Alex, he was the one that got me into the hard stuff. Since then I’ve never looked back personally and as the curator of the Room 303 nights I always make sure there’s enough of the dark experimental sound making appearances alongside the more mainstream up and coming talents, like Or:la. A mix of both types is great, but without doubt my favourite acts to have brought down are Jay Clarke from Klockworks and the Zenker Brothers aka the Ilian Tape Head Honchos.”
-- What’s been your favourite Room 303 moment/memory?
“Ooff, a hard one. We brought down Dense & Pika last March, and although they fight the Drumcode stigma a lot, they and that night in general was flat out insane. There was sweat dripping from the ceiling it was so hot so we had to cover their equipment with my girlfriends and my t-shirts! I also needed to use a mop to wipe the ceiling above them. Trying to do that, while seshing, while managing the night, was epic. I have to say though, our 1st Birthday event with Courtesy is worth a mention, that girl is a legend in the making make no mistake”
-- What’s been your most embarrassing moment during a set?
“It happened quite recently at the Hijacked Welcome party… I was playing in front of a couple hundred people just before George Fitzgerald was about to take over, and as I’m fiddling with the filters on the xone 92 I just have a blonde moment (I’m blonde btw). Long story short, I put the low pass filter on full for both tracks and all the sound just disappears. That was awkward, almost as awkward as the 10 seconds following where I’m trying to figure what the hell I had done. I’ll be drinking less cans before sets in the future.”
Head down to Room 303’s next event, featuring veteran Jane Fitz on the 18th of January.
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