My name is EJah, I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I grew up during the birth of Hip Hop so therefore I consider myself one of the pioneers of Hip Hop. With my love and support for the genre, people (including my parents) saying it was junk music or a fad or whatever. Getting into fights with Rock and Roll kids for saying Hip Hop was wack. But with my obession with Hip Hop I started DJing when I was 19 in 1985 I got my first set of tables. So after all the violence and the West Coast invasion of Hip Hop, then the commercializm made me not stand what was happening (even to this very day). I was always complaining that most of the music that was getting play was wack (especially when Young MC won a Grammy, that was it for me). Someone said if you don't like it why don't you just make your own music. Damn! A big ass lightbulb went over my head and I started doing it since then. That was in 1998 (when my youngest daughter was born) and I've been doing it ever since. Hooking up with real Hip Hop heads and doing my thing, I'm still doing it. Even though I'm not signed to a label and not a multi-millionare yet. But it's all good because it's about the love on Hip Hop not money for me.
My favorite time was selecting for Bigfoot Barockus (RIP) at the Neo Soul Cafe when everyone was dancing and loving all of the music that I was playing. Neo Soul is more of the type of music that I like to play nowadays, you know Soul, Hip Hop and Spiritualality mixed in one is all good.
My influences are many, I will name a few for you. Stevie Wonder, Prince, Run DMC, Cold Crush Brothers, Fantastic Romantic 5 MC's, Dr Rock and the Force MC's, Positive Force, Fonda Rae, Roberta Flack, Bob Marley, DJ Larry Levan, DJ Roman Ricardo, DJ Junior Vasquez, Lisa Lee, Busy Bee Starski, Double Trouble, DJ Red Alert, DJ Marley Marl, DJ Chuck Chillout, Afrika Bambaata, Joey Longo, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Jellybean Benitez, Madonna, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, Tanya Gardner, Queen, Led Zepplin, Jimmy Hendrix, The Doors, Rush, Wu Tang Clan, Tribe Called Quest, Das FX, Public Enemy, X-Clan, NWA, Teddy Riley, KRS 1, DJ Baby J, Masters at Work, India, Jocelyn Brown and there's several more that I cannot think of right now.
Turtables, CD mixers, Reason, Acid, Soundforge, Nuendo all to replace Pro Tools. Everyone swears by Pro Tools but I hate it and I love Nuendo.