Scottish DJ and co-founder of White Rabbit, ERROR E (real name Euan Stewart) has been building a name for himself over the last few years. From his original foray into DJing spinning groovy house and disco, he’s developed his sound into the relentless, pounding techno for which he’s become known for.
Having performed at revered venues like Club 69, Stereo, and Room 2, as well as previously working in PR for iconic Scottish venue Sub Club, he turned his eye to running his own event, White Rabbit. With an ethos of an alternative, underground clubbing experience they’ve had respected artists like Quail and Aisha as headliners.
Ahead of his exclusive ratemyrave guest mix, we sat down with ERROR E to discuss his early influences, how he got into raving, his future plans, and the quick fire round!
Hi Euan, thanks for chatting to us! First of all, how has your year been so far?
2022 has been a rather mad start to the year, various gigs over Glasgow but thankfully the last couple of months has been a bit more chilled to give me the time to recharge, spend time with the family and get away for a bit of Sun with the mrs. Always vital to take the time to do this so that you don’t burn yourself out and keep the work life balance – which is rather tricky for me as I have a full time job, DJing at the weekends and fitting in family time as much as possible.
Any particular highlight or stand out moment?
Reopening night of Club 69 after the Covid restrictions were lifted. We all know the struggle and hard times that we went through over the Covid lockdowns and restrictions. But when my close mate Eryk Kabay, founder of Fractured events, asked me to close the reopening night at Club 69 I couldn’t believe it. over 500 DAYS, we had all been waiting for this. A sold out Thursday night in a 180 capacity venue just outside of Glasgow – notorious for some of the wildest events. Fair to say it was an unforgettable night. Everyone in the room was so ready to experience everything again, it was like a reunion almost.
What got you into DJing originally?
Believe it or not, it was watching Tomorrowland main stage sets when I was still at school, probably 2013/14. Back when I thought EDM was the greatest thing in the world… thank God I moved to Glasgow after school and educated myself a bit.
What were some of your early influences, and how has that shaped you/the music you play?
Picking up a job as a PR for Subculture at Sub Club was the best decision I have ever made. I got to go to so many events that they ran and witnessed unbelievable DJs on a weekly basis. From their residents Harri & Dom and other local DJs to the likes of Floorplan, Larry Heard, Honey Dijon, Recondite, Eclair Fifi, Kink, Motor city ensemble, Rampa, The list goes on and on.
How would you describe your sound?
Fast, hard, no holding back.
What is it about raving that you love so much? Can you remember your first one?
Honestly, it’s an escape from everything going on, you get lost in the music and everything bad in life isn’t a priority for you. Also the sense of community around you when you’re in the crowd of like minded people. My first event was – Sub Club Soundsystem 2015, blazing sunshine, amazing tunes, nothing else you could ask for.
How do you approach your DJ sets? See how it goes or planned?
I’ll lookout a playlist of 40-50 songs, ranging in styles and then go off the crowd on the night. Always like to play unreleased tracks from friends of mine and show them footage of how the crowd loves them.
Do you prefer back to back, or solo sets? Why?
Good question! for B2B’s I think it depends on who it is I am playing alongside. You want to be on the same page with music taste so that the set sounds like it’s just one person playing. No interruptions or drastic genre changes. Solo sets are always great fun, you get to really showcase your own sound and nothing better than seeing the crowds reaction to some hidden bangers you have in your collection
How is production going for you?
Slow, painful, stressful. It’s an area that I know I need to really focus on and improve but I struggle to find the time to do this with other things taking priority in my life at the moment. But I know I need to make the push on this area and given myself the challenge of finishing an EP by the end of the year.
You run an event in your home town of Glasgow called White Rabbit, what’s the ethos behind it?
Imagine the meanings of the matrix and Alice in wonderland. Combining those two ideologies and creating a different clubbing experience reflective in our artwork and colour scheme. We limit our lighting colours to reflect the brand and in turn keeps the focus solely on the music that we play.
“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
What made you want to start White Rabbit?
Due to my involvement in the scene before White Rabbit I felt it was the right time to try it with Scott and push my sound as a DJ in a new direction. So glad that White Rabbit was started, so much has came from it and very excited for the future it has.
What’s in pipeline for the future?
We have secured an all day event at an outdoor venue in Glasgow called BAaD. We have invited along several local DJs and international ones too. This is going to be our biggest event to date and can’t wait for it to happen. You can find tickets here!
We’re excited to showcase your exclusive ratemyrave guest mix, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Very much start as I mean to go on, heavy, industrial, rapid! Using a blend of my favourite tunes out at the moment with tracks from friends of mine in Glasgow, including a few unreleased bangers. Definitely one of my favourite mixes I’ve done to date as it shows exactly how I am as a DJ
Quick fire round:
Favourite song at the moment?
Prügelknabe by Modeselektor. You never really hear a track that blends so many genres into a 4 minute masterpiece but these guys have always blown me away.
Where would your dream set be?
Bootshaus – Cologne; Germany
Digital or vinyl?
Digital. I’ve got a vinyl collection but no idea how to mix them…YET
What’s the #1 thing on your DJ rider?
Bottle of Bucky without a doubt!
Which track by another artist do you wish you made?
Pact with the Devil by KØZLØV