Straight from the streets of Los Angeles comes one of the hottest new talents in the market, Eric D-Lux. He's been making noise on both the radio airwaves and DJ circuit since joining the Power 106 family just a few short years ago. With his raw, upbeat, and straight from the streets personality, this energetic 22-year-old has quickly become a fan favorite.
Eric's love of music began at a very young age. Influenced by older cousins and friends, he was already fully engulfed in the DJ community by his early teens. Saving up any money he could, he managed to buy records, mixers, turntables, needles, and everything else needed to start his journey. He picked up the art very quickly by watching and listening.
In March 2002, Eric got hired on the Power 106 street team, a year after his now-DJ-partner Big Syphe. While working together, Eric and Big Syphe continued to stay on the mixtape and party break grind. Their infamous "Buko Breaks" Vol 1-3 got major play all over the country and in July of 2004, the two were asked to do a mixtape hosted by none other than Pamela Anderson. The mixtape gained major recognition and was acknowledged by major outlets including XXL magazine, The National Enquirer, and MTV. Power 106 heavyweights DJ E-Man and Mr. Choc soon began to take notice and asked the duo to be special guest DJs on the weekend jump-off mix. Being that this was their life-long dream, the duo immediately rose to the occasion.
After three months of weekend jump-off mixes, the two were asked to start mixing live on-air—making them official Power 106 mixers. They of course jumped at the opportunity, even if it meant coming straight from the clubs at 3, 4, or 5 in the morning. After mixing on air for just over a month, the two were asked to submit a jock air-check by Damien Young, the APD at the time. Not wanting to be radio personalities, the two were hesitant at first. However, after much thought and a good chat with their long time friends and mentors DJ Vice and DJ Echo, they decided to do as requested. They turned in the air-check, the Power 106 bosses loved it, and the rest is history!
Get to know more about Eric D-Lux, one of Power 106's favorite DJs:
When and how did you first decide music was your life?
I've always loved music, ever since I can remember. But I knew it was what I wanted to do when I was 16 and decided I wanted to start DJing. It was a hobby, but I couldn't get enough. It's all I wanted to do all day and night. Fast forward, I got into making music and just loved the creating part, whether it's producing a track or writing lyrics. After I co-wrote "Shots" for LMFAO and Lil Jon, I knew making music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Seeing it come to life is the best feeling ever!
Who gave you your biggest break in music, and how?
My first break was when I met my really good friend and mentor DJ Echo. He was on the radio I would always listen to, and he took me under his wing and taught me so much about the game. Him and DJ Vice are the reasons I've had a 10-year radio career in LA as well as a successful traveling DJ career.
What equipment do you use for production? What about DJing?
For production I use Ableton, all from my 15" Macbook Pro. I started off in 2000 with a eMac and Protools with an MBOX and MPC. I had to switch to keep up with technology. For DJing, I use a Pioneer 900 mixer and I'm still using Technic 1200s.
What's the toughest part of the DJ lifestyle, and how do you deal with it?
The toughest part about DJing that people don't understand unless they do it is: airports, security check points, TSA agents, late nights, early flights, being hungover dealing with all of that, and being away from your own home and bed! But, even after all that, I wouldn't trade it for the world!
How would you describe your process of creating a song from start to finish?
I honestly don't have a process for it. I can go to the studio with an idea and nothing comes out creatively, and sometimes I just sit there and play with sounds and just have fun and that's usually what ends up working!
Who has been your biggest inspiration musically?
On the DJ tip would be the big brother Vice. He keeps me going and keeps me working harder. With creating music it would have to be Pharrell. I'm a huge fan of his music and would love to be as successful as him one day.
What’s the one song you love playing in your set right now?
That’s such a tough question since we play hundreds and hundreds of songs per night and I always play for the crowd first, but one that I enjoy would have to be SKAM Artist family member Lil Jon's "Turn Down 4 What." The energy and crowd reaction it gets is insane!
Who is your favorite up-and-coming artist right now?
I really love the band Phantogram. They are all I listen to in the car right now. On the hip-hop tip I enjoy A$AP Ferg, Migos, and Schoolboy Q.
Where do you see electronic music going in the next five years?
Electronic music has been around for many many years and it always evolves. It also goes in circles so I really see the deep house sound coming back strong. It's already making its way to the States. I can see that sound being around for the next few years.