DJ Eddie One Originally born in El Salvador, this Los Angeles Heavy Hitter has taken over the airwaves with his wide variety of music. Make sure to check him out on 102.7 KIIS FM in Los Angeles or all over the nation on Sirius Satellite on Hot Jamz Ch 50 spining the best of hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, and Reggaeton.
Interview by Rob Schwartz
WHO?MAG: What made you want to get into DJing? DJ Eddie One: I was a street promoter at the time working for major labels and one day I was listening to radio and I said is time to stop promoting these records and put them to work myself. It was just a thought that turned into reality with time.
WHO?MAG: How do you go about getting gigs? DJ Eddie One: They usually come on their own pretty busy lately.
WHO?MAG: In your opinion, what are the key elements in becoming a DJ? DJ Eddie One: First: Mixing, Second: Record Selection, Third: Scratching.
WHO?MAG:What does an upcoming artist need to do to get their material spun by DJ Eddie One? DJ Eddie One: It needs to be hot first and they need to know how to speak to a DJ and not come with bullshit. If its hot, I play. If not, then I don’t.
WHO?MAG: Which do you prefer, making a mixtape and performing live and why? DJ Eddie One: I prefer performing live. I get a better feeling and can get more creative. Mixtapes are cool just to keep your name fresh on the street.
WHO?MAG: What else would you like to see happen in the near future for DJ’s? DJ Eddie One: Man I don’t know, that’s a hard one. More money and better pay, especially from radio.
WHO?MAG: What differentiates DJ Eddie One from other DJ’s? DJ Eddie One: My style and my music selection. I can take you from Hip Hop to Reggaeton to Top 40, depending where I’m at and who I’m DJing for.
WHO?MAG: What is the biggest mistake a DJ can make during a performance? DJ Eddie One: To let a bad mix ride on and on once it’s too fucked up of a mix. Just let it go please! lol
WHO?MAG: How does an upcoming DJ get his mixtapes circulated? DJ Eddie One: Distribution, websites, and oldskool style out the trunk!
WHO?MAG: From a DJ’s perspective, what are some of the benefits and setbacks stemming from Satellite radio? DJ Eddie One: Setback is that not everyone has it yet, but that’s changing little by little. Surely that’s why I’m sticking with the best, Sirius Satellite Radio. The benefit is that I play whatever I want. I can play dirty version and all I want on the air myself and just be myself.
WHO?MAG: What advice can you give an upcoming DJ as far as pursuing their career? DJ Eddie One: Stay on your grind and get out there and politic with people and other DJs.
WHO?MAG: What’s next up for DJ Edie One? DJ Eddie One: Who knows? Maybe a new radio station here and there. You never know find out here… www.djeddieone.com.