Eric ‘EMAN’ Clark / DJ
In an attempt to get into the thick of New York nightlife, a young Eric Clark moved downstate from Mount Vernon and landed a job as a security guard at the Ritz. This concert venue, which was at the forefront of all musical genres, is where Eric fortuitously began DJ’ing for the first time. A variety of gigs, including DJ’ing at The Obies Awards, allowed Eric to blend all of his musical loves: soul, rock n’ roll, jazz, funk, reggae, hip-hop, and house. Eventually this music-lover left the Ritz and got a job in promotions at Tommy Boy Records. It was there where music mogul Monica Lynch gave Eric his nickname, Eman.
After leaving Tommy Boy, Eman began a long career in film and television, started producing his own nightclub events, and continued to DJ. In the following years DJ Eman 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. Eman also performed at clubs as far away as Sweden, Moscow, and the Czech Republic. In 1997 Eman co-founded and was resident DJ at the popular weekly event Bang the Party with then Paper Magazine nightclub reporter Lorie Caval. This intimate, underground house music party 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.
During a trip to Chicago in 1999, Eman met talented producer Daryn “DJ Quad” 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. His impressive oeuvre includes 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) and the 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, and is presently broadcasting a weekly two hour radio show called Run Bklyn Radio on 247House Radio UK.
Eman continues to write, produce and vocalize on projects, collaborating with some of the best producers in the global music community. His Collaboration with Joeski – “Clap Yo Handz” on Defected Records – sat at #5 on The Top 100 Tech House Songs of 2016 and wass #29 on the Top 200 overall list for 2016. In May 2016 Eman started his own Label called Bklyn Trax Company, quickly amassing over a dozen releases. Eman shows no sign of slowing up … stay tuned and be ready for more great DJ sets and music productions coming out of a speaker near you.