We had the good fortune of connecting with “DJ E-ROCK” of Los Angeles’s Real 92.3 and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi “DJ E-ROCK”, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I always had a love for music. Between listening to 70s and 80s funk with my dad in the car to my mom playing songs that made her feel good with big energy, it was always something I appreciated. Back when I was 11 years old, I befriended a group of 3 brothers: LJ, Charlie, and Pete. After befriending the trio, I was always over to hang out and play video games. Little did I know that Charlie was a DJ and always practicing. I started to watch Charlie and soon enough he began to mentor me. From that moment on, I was addicted to the art and life of dj’ing. Knowing that I can play something on the radio, at a club, or even the stadium during a San Francisco 49ers game that give someone happiness is so fulfilling.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I grew up in San Francisco, California and began playing music by 11 and had my own radio show by 15. How? Surrounding myself with the right people, making mistakes along the away to learn from, and forever being humbled by opportunities I was given. I stayed hungry and introduced myself to people hoping for a shot to work with them. From the beginning of my career where I would dj wherever to get exposure and be put in front of the right person to sharing the stage with top musical talents including E-40, John Legend, Ludacris, T-Pain, Ne-Yo, and J. Cole; I have never not been grateful for this opportunity I have been blessed with.
I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way. I used to think everyone had my best interest at heart because that’s who I am as a person. You have to surround yourself with those who will not only applaud you when you win, but always inspire you to do better when you lose.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For food, my favorite Japanese BBQ spot is Manpuku. For drinks and a night out I love Beauty & Essex, Hyde Sunset and The Highlight Room.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without one of the greatest mentors in my life, San Francisco’s Jazzy Jim Archer, Program Director for KMVQ 99.7 NOW FM San Francisco. “Jazzy” mentored me, believed in me, and showed me how to value my self-worth. He also showed me what it would take to get to the top of the music industry, how to stay hungry, and remain humble. He helped me establish goals, some harder than others. I’m proud to say under his guidance and mentorship, I have surpassed all of my goals. I’m always pushing and always setting new goals thanks to Jazzy.
Mike Kirschbaum, Joe Janet