Born & raised in Miami, Florida, in a home where the sounds of The Beatles, Santana, Mandrill, Earth, Wind & Fire, Celia Cruz, Barry White, Sly & The Family Stone, and many others could be heard daily. As a young boy, when he saw Double K in his bedroom mixing in the movie "Beat Street", he knew that's what he wanted to do. However, money was always tight. His parents were divorced, and every 2 weeks his great grandmother would give him an allowance of $10 to do with it as he pleased. Nea...Read more
DJ Big EFF's Bio
His parents were divorced, and every 2 weeks his great grandmother would give him an allowance of $10 to do with it as he pleased. Near his home was Carjul Records, a hole-in-the-wall record store/barber shop that was famous for providing local DJ's with the hottest records. It was there where he would go with his $10 and buy two 12-inch records every other week. Little by little he built his record collection, but he could only play them on his mother's Hi-Fi stereo. This is where he began making his "pause-mixes". It was the best he could do with what he had to create a long mix of non-stop music.
Later in high school a friend of his had a DJ set-up at his house, and EFF wanted so bad just to touch and play with what he wanted for so long, but could never afford. His friend invited him over and showed him how everything worked, and even showed him that a quarter on each headshell would keep the needles from skipping while scratching. After a day with his friend's DJ equipment, his desire to become a DJ was solidified.
In his early 20's, EFF would shop at The Underground Record Store regularly. He began saving his money, and finally purchased a Gemini mixer. After a couple of months, the owner of the store asked him if he was interested in purchasing his old pair of Technics 1200's. They were old, beat up, rewired, and spray-painted black. The owner said he could have them both for $400. He assured EFF that the turntables were good and would not let him down. EFF did not even have to think twice about it. He gave the owner the $400 and he finally had his first pair of 1200's! At that point, he had 2 turntables and a mixer set up on a fold-away table connected to the AUX IN on a boom box. It didn't matter, because he was finally able to start mixing!
Time went by and EFF moved in with 2 of his closest high school friends. The 3-bedroom apartment soon became party central. Legendary parties were thrown there, and EFF was the man who kept the party going. He was certainly the dopest party DJ nobody ever heard of, until one day a co-worker took a DJ Big EFF mixtape home, and her roommate, in turn, took it to his job at a local college. All day the tape would play and people would ask where they could get a copy. At that point the roommate, who had connections to clubs on South Beach, knew he had something special in his hands.
A couple of meetings and connections were attempted, but alas, the politics and BS of the club scene on South Beach proved to be too much for him to even get heard. There was alot of run-around and empty promises. Unfortunately, as in everything else in life, it's all about who you know.
A career change and engagement, caused EFF to give up on DJ'ing in the late 90's. and he sold all of his equipment. He did, however, hold on to his vinyl! After 3 years of marriage, EFF got divorced, and decided to follow his dream of becoming a hip hop producer. He entrenched himself in the local hip hop scene and made alot of friends and connections. His production aspirations never really amounted to anything, but he would still spin at a local hip hop spot that gave local artist a place to perform live. This place was called The Cut, and it was the brainchild of local rapper Garcia, and like all good things, it soon closed down as well.
EFF went back to his career and as the years passed by, he got the itch to spin again. He finally decided he would get back into DJ'ing and with his income tax refund, he purchased an Apple MacBook Pro. The following year he purchased a Numark NS7, and before long he was back at it, doing what he loved to do, whether it be spinning at a club, bar, restaurant, house party, or wedding. Since then he has spun at various spots throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and even gone as far as Delray Beach, slowly building a name for himself. He became the official DJ of the Steve Madden stores in South Florida, and to this day can be found at a store spinning live whenever they have a big sale.
He recently was entrusted with rocking one of Miami's longest running parties on South Beach, Classic Sundays at Love Hate DJ Bar, and that has lead to his own Winter Music Conference party that is also being held there. His dream is to rock really big venues and parties, and he's well on his way...