We recently caught up with local DJ Oliver Eaton aka Janverse. Having DJ’ed all over Stirling and Edinburgh at such clubs as The Fubar and The Hive. Oliver turned to live streaming his DJ sets from home when the clubs closed because of Covid. This is where he created his alias Janverse. He is an open format DJ mixing all different styles and hosts regular DJ streams on Twitch!
Hey Ollie, We are more used to seeing you DJ in a club rather than live stream but obviously with Covid about it’s the way forward at the moment. How did you find the change moving to online streaming? How did the Janverse project come about was this something you had planned out or total last min decision?Hi mate, thanks for interviewing me! Interestingly enough, my Janverse alias actually existed before Covid as I began streaming video games under that name in September 2019 as a hobby on the side of my DJ work! Like you say though, COVID completely flipped my world upside down just like it did everyone else. I went from doing 4 gigs a week to nothing overnight! The severity of the situation wasn’t as clear initially as it is now of course, so I didn’t panic and take action like rush into applying for full time jobs, I don’t think anybody really knew the true extent of what we were facing.I continued to do my streaming as usual and actually started hosting some quizzes on my stream twice a week to help keep people entertained during lockdown. I had a lot of fun doing this but unfortunately it didn’t look like nightclub/bar work work was coming back anytime soon and I put things in motion to do DJ sets online. I bought myself a sound card, DJ stand, laptop stand, tripod and LED strobe lights amongst other things to make my home setup look and sound semi-professional. This was a big risk as I had no income and was using my savings to invest in the project.I did my first DJ stream on Twitch on Saturday 25th of July which incidentally was the first time my Twitch community learned what I looked like as I had previously never streamed with a face cam before so I was pretty nervous. The reaction couldn’t have been better though and I have continued to grow my channel since!
So being a open format DJ means that you can proper mix up any thing you want. Is there more a sound you tend to lean towards though and is there any sounds that you defo would not play?DJing is all about expressing your creativity and that’s why I love being open format so much because it gives you that real freedom to play anything and everything you like. I’m sure you know as an experienced DJ yourself there’s nothing worse than having restrictions placed on your set and being limited to certain genres, decades etc! My first love when it comes to DJing is definitely house music and all it’s various sub genres.I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say I used to be a right techno snob but in recent years with the emergence of lots of new acts and a general movement from producers who used to make EDM/Electro House to harder hitting tech house, I’ve definitely started to enjoy that side a lot more and it features heavily in my sets. My Tuesday night sets are four hours of everything House and Tech and I really am in my element when it comes to those genres.I also need to give a shout-out here to old school Dubstep and Drum and Bass from around 2008-2012 as they really got me into checking out the DJ scene and what it involved. After a few years off the DnB scene, I’m starting to rekindle my interest and build my collection of tunes again.Music I would never play? There’s probably not a lot of it, I’ve played some rotten requests in the past just to keep people happy! Being brutally honest I’m not the biggest fan of Gabber music, little bit too hard hitting for me. Psytrance and Hardstyle are about as hard as it gets for me.
Having DJ’ed across Stirling and in to Edinburgh. What gigs or nights in the past have stood out for you?Having worked as a DJ for Castle Leisure Group for over 5 years now across different venues I’ve had the pleasure of supporting some unbelievable DJs. James Hype, Joel Corry, The Stickmen, Judge Jules to name a few! Not only did they all put on a good show, perform their sets technically on point but also interacted with me as a support DJ because they all know what it’s like to be there.One of my favourite nights playing myself was definitely when I played Christmas Eve at City Nightclub in Falkirk a few years ago. Everyone was in such a feel good mood for Christmas, getting to play those tunes (some remixed as I’m quite renowned for dropping commercial remixes in my sets) to a large crowd was just an amazing feeling.
Having DJ’ed for several years now do you see your self playing back in clubs if they get to open or will be sticking to online streaming? Are you also going to be looking to start producing music soon?Absolutely! I’m desperate for the clubs to open back up. Twitch has been a revelation for me and opened up a whole new avenue of entertainment I never even considered, especially as a DJ. Once nightclubs get back up and running that will definitely be my main go to for performing but I’ll be keeping my Twitch performances going too, so there’s a balance to be struck there.Music Production has evaded me until this point. It’s something I’m often asked about but not a realm I’ve entered just yet, there’s a lot to learn but never say never. Maybe 2021 will be my year to start!
You are hosting your own event and you can have any two DJ’s come and play who would you pick and why them?Tricky tricky question. I think if I was going for my favourite producers I would pick Don Diablo, Will Sparks, Chris Lorenzo or Chris Lake. If I was going for DJs with the best technical ability I’d choose Laidback Luke, TJR or Don Diablo. If I was going for energy I’d pick Will Sparks. So if I was really forced to choose just two… it’d have to be Will Sparks and Don Diablo.Sparksy’s tunes are absolutely banging and his energy during a set is absolutely unmatched. I’ve seen him live 3 or 4 times over the years and come out absolutely drenched in sweat every time.Don Diablo provides a very different but equally enjoyable experience. I’ve seen him perform live twice and his DJing ability is world class. He’s also very humble and down to earth!
So you’re at the afters… you get handed the aux cord everyone is looking at you to play a banger…what tune and why would you play it?
Saved the toughest questions till last here haha! I’d go with one of my favourite trance classics ATB – 9PM (Till I Come), a euphoric banger and everyone knows it!