Like any dedicated musician would say, practice makes perfect, so sitting with your guitar, keyboards or in front of a computer screen 24/ 7 is what needs to be done in order to get it right, which is why DJ Eko is where he is today â€“ on his way to the top.
For a Sydney boy who would come home from school every day to play with the turntables until bedtime, is an obvious sign that DJ Eko was destined for great things before he even began his career. Now an international name, Eko has come so far yet still has plenty more to accomplish before his days are over.
â€œWhen I was in high school, I went to a few house parties and they had DJs there and it just got me really intrigued, watching them and then I started looking into it, and didnâ€™t really know anyone that was sort of into the same thing, so I just went in and I did it myself and taught myself everything, and just watched videos and tried to copy them.â€
His career highlights range from meeting and working with Proof (R.I.P) from D12, appearances on MTV, and touring with Nelly and Cypress Hill. But his originality and self-taught techniques are what separate him from the rest.
â€œI think itâ€™s my turntable ability I guess, and my track selection; I come from a DJ battle sort of background, so all of the technical turntable trickery and my track selection. I try to cater for everyone and I try to educate everyone through my set as well with new music or old music they havenâ€™t heard in a while.â€
Competing in battles and competitions since 2003 has led the hip hop music junkie to work with numerous Australian and international acts as well as working on an EP and producing, yet he tells me he never thought heâ€™d end up here.
â€œI didnâ€™t think it was going to be like this ... I didnâ€™t think Iâ€™d ever open up for certain artists like internationals, but being in the industry and knowing the people that you meet throughout your career sort of just elevates your career, which is awesome, it definitely helps me!â€ he laughs. â€œIâ€™m just very fortunate that Iâ€™ve been able to make it as a career for myself, as full time job, which I love. I get to do what I love doing every day.â€
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