Rob Pearson Beatport


Tech house don Rob Pearson was lured into music at an early age, growing up in South London with a staple diet of electro, hip hop, and eighties soul. Inspired by the turntable wizards of the time Rob spent many hours perfecting and earning his art, initially as a scratch DJ, cutting up the early hip hop beats of the time. A passion for collecting records soon developed and he set about mastering his techniques on whatever equipment was available to him. Robs early mix tapes where made using pause button tape edits of his favourite snippets of music and later on an old music centre and a midi HI- FI system. Moving on to productions his earliest recordings were made using an old Tascam 4 track and a budget drum machine program on the classic Commodore 64 computer, overlaying whatever records Rob could get his hands on to create new unique versions of tracks. Inspired by the early acid house scene Rob started to fuse the sounds coming from Chicago and Detroit with early Breakbeat and Hardcore to create a more London based sound. Venturing into pirate he was soon doing regular slots on Energy 87.9 FM, Don FM and Dream FM – honing his style into Drum & Bass and scoring slots at clubs like Labyrinth and Turnmills and even playing a warm up set for the legendary Happy Mondays at Concorde in Brighton. His humble home studio was now growing and sporting some serious gear; Akai samplers, various keyboards and drum machines and the classic Atari ST computer. Gaining respect from his piers and getting his material played by LTJ Bukem, Grooverider and Fabio helped him to clinch his first record deal with Basement Records. Working alongside label mates Wax Doctor, Peshay, Roger Johnson, MJ Cole, and Top Buzz and producing under the name of Blinded by Science, he quickly became a player on the nascent Drum & Bass scene, releasing on a plethora of other labels at the time including his own Online Recordings Imprint. By 1995 Robs ever growing music equipment collection and the need to create a proper workspace for his projects led on to him starting his own recording studio, Online Studios in Croydon, South London. As an engineer, producer and remixer he’s has worked with a diverse range of music artists including Tippa Irie, Cedric Myton & The Congos, Marc Almond, So Solid, UKApache, Sway and in 1999 co-wrote and produced a top 40 number 1 single that sold over quarter of a million records. This was also the year that Rob launched his Evasive Records imprint to release the underground house and Tech House tracks that he was writing, finding that this style of music gave him the most creative freedom to express himself by being able to draw on his many other musical influences. Releases and remixes followed for some of House musics most prestigious labels including Swag, Defender, Wrong, Dorigen and Uhuru Beats, whilst at the same time producing over 20 releases for his label Evasive. Rob has also been a regular guest on Londons biggest dance radio station, Kiss 100 and continues to do slots on various internet stations. At the end of 2004 he launched a sister label to Evasive, Drugsex Recordings, which has been showcasing new artists and a deeper dirtier style of house music. Now with the labels and Online Studios established Rob is continuing to produce new material and is spinning alongside many of the scenes leading players (Colin Dale, Nathan Coles, Asad Rizvi, Inland Knights) and playing well respected events like Kerfuffle, Abstrakt Dance and Reverberations. He’s also been traveling to Czech Republic and Croatia whilst holding down a residency at Ocean Rooms (Brighton UK). He’s collaborated with the legendary vocalist Robert Owens on a single and has plans to work with other vocalists and musicians for upcoming tracks. After a decade of studio production work Rob is now working on his debut album project whilst pushing his unique sound forward with DJ gigs worldwide. Watch him fly.