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In an attempt to get into the thick of New York nightlife, a young Eric Clark moved downstate from Mount Vernon, NY and landed a job as a security guard at the Ritz. This concert venue at the forefront of all musical genres is where he fortuitously began DJing for the first time, blending together all of his loves; soul, rock n roll, jazz, funk, classics, reggae, hip-hop and house. Eventually the music-lover left the Ritz and got a job in promotions at Tommy Boy records where he got his nickname, Eman, from music mogul Monica Lynch.
After leaving Tommy Boy, Eman began a long career in film and television but still continued to DJ and also began to produce his own nightclub events. Through the years DJ Eman has played at NYC bars and clubs such as Coney Island High, Centro-Fly, Chameleon Lounge, Cheetah, Nowbar, 205 Club, Baktun, 13, Idlewild, Sapphire, Frank’s Lounge, Warehouse and Ciello, to name a few – and in clubs as far away as Sweden, Moscow and the Czech Republic. In 1997 Eman co-founded the popular weekly event, Bang the Party, with then Paper Magazine nightclub reporter, Lorie Caval. The intimate, underground house music party where Eman held DJ residency quickly gained local and international acclaim and had a spectacular six-year run. Since then, Eman has produced many on-going and special events at nightspots around Manhattan and Brooklyn, featuring cutting-edge electronic dance music. Articles about Eman, his events and his music have appeared in publications such as; DJ Times, Face (UK), ID (UK), New York Magazine, Next, BMR (Japan), Jockey Slut (UK), Flyer NYC, Paper, New York Observer, NYPress, Village Voice, Mixer, Big Shot and Time Out New York.
Eman During the ’00s
During a trip to Chicago in 1999, Eman met talented producer Daryn âDJ Quadâ Brandon and employed his help to produce his first record “Day By Day.” The song featured the vocals of Eman’s long-time friend Sweet Sable (best known for her club anthem “Love So Special”) and was released on HipBone Records in early 2000. Since then Eman has released many internationally renowned singles (with multifarious remixes) on well-respected record labels – including the infamous “It’s Yours” on Chez Music, “Musical Prayer” on Wave Music, “I Am the Road” on MAW Recordings and “Brooklyn (Where I Live)”on Sfere Recordings. Eman also co-executive produced the conceptual compilation album, “Bang the Party: Volume One” (Jellybean/Sony) documentary film of the same name. In 2007, Eman teamed up with Chicago-based music producer Doc Link to create Liberate Recordings, releasing a plethora of dance-floor burners. Eman also began hosting his own online radio shows, on a number of streaming sites, such as Mixtify and WCEG.
Eman’s Current Projects
Eman continues to write, produce and vocalize on projects – collaborating with some of the best producers in the global music community. In 2016 Eman joined forces with Ozkar Fuller and Ais Go to create the Brooklyn Hit Squad, a production team combining old-school flavor with new-school sensibility. With the launch of their new record label, Run Bklyn Trax Company, the team introduced their first single, 718 with remixes by Jak Bklyn and Ziz Bk. Expect to hear many more releases from the Brooklyn Hit Squad, Run Bklyn Trax Company, and from Eman, playing through a speaker near you.