In case you didn’t know, DJ Ev is internationally recognized for his live DJ crowd control, intricate scratching skills, production talent, advanced audio storytelling techniques and his creation of timeless, classic hip hop mixtapes and musical pieces.
DJ Ev has earned respect and acknowledgement far beyond his native Long Island, NY through his numerous recording accomplishments and international collaborations since he began his career at the age of 16, playing in venues alongside DJ Tom LaRoc and DJ Theo.
Early on, DJ Ev was part of the infamous and critically acclaimed “Chop Shop” radio show (90.1 WUSB New York) aith Big Trev and Peter Kang of Relativity Records, where he played alongside DJ Mista Sinista of the X-ecutioners. The display of DJ skills and live guest features on the show led to recognition from heavyweight hip-hop A&R's like Chris Landry and Ill-Will of Profile Records and Ev began laying down scratches for some of the biggest artists in the hip hop genre such as P.R.T., Cutty Ranks, Erick Sermon, Bounty Killer, Keith Murray, Royce Da 5'9" and Kool G Rap, to name a few.
By age 17, DJ Ev's career was in full-swing, and his mixtape release “Hotter This Year” (a/k/a "The Red Tape") was an incredibly advanced display of audio storytelling, intricate cutting styles and Ev’s precisely formatted mixing techniques of previously unheard and exclusive music. The highly sought after “Hotter This Year" series (parts 1&2) went on to receive write ups in magazines such as "On The Go", "Fever Magzine", "Urb", "The Source" and "Rap Pages".
At age of 18, Ev and world famous DJ Stretch Armstrong collaborated on a mixtape that would change the face of the entire underground New York City mixtape scene. The highly-circulated joint mix effort “Back 2 Back” has sold an unprecedented amount of cassette and vinyl copies worldwide, continues to stream and download at an unprecedented pace and has been deemed an undeniably "classic gem" by mixtape critics and connoisseurs.
The success of the "Hotter This Year" series and "Back 2 Back" ultimately led to DJ Ev’s nomination for “Best Mixtape DJ” in the '96 Justo Mixtape Awards, alongside names like Tony Touch, DJ Clue, Ron G, Craig G and Doo Wop.
In 1997, fellow Long Islander, rap superstar and legendary hip hop producer Erick Sermon chose DJ Ev to be a part of the Def Squad’s (Erick Sermon, Redman and Keith Murray) tour of Japan, consisting of 17 live performances, 12 radio interviews and 4 television shows in one month. Some of DJ Ev’s best work can be heard on a few of Erick Sermon and Keith Murray’s classic, multi-platinum albums.
In 1998, world renowned superstar DJ Honda from Japan brought DJ Ev in to showcase his talents among the likes of DJ’s Roc Raida, Mista Sinista as well as world famous hip hop emcees like De La Soul, KRS-1 and the Beatnuts on DJ Honda’s second album HII, released internationally on Sony/Relativity records.
Not only a mixtape/scratch/party DJ, Ev has branched into the production/ club breakbeat arena, creating must-have 12" club anthems such as “Bang Rock The House” (Sure Shot Records) and “It’s About Ta Get Hot” (AV8 Records).
On the business end, Ev oversaw DJ Funkmaster Flex’s “Big Dawg Mixtape Division”, a classic series of tapes hosted by Funkmaster Flex himself and featuring world famous DJ’s such as Tony Touch, Big Kap, and Cipha Sounds, with DJ Ev and Flex teaming up to throw one of Ev's own signature styled mixtapes into the classic series.
In 2000, DJ Ev launched 2WayBeats.com, the first (pre-app) website to offer meticulously produced musical ringtones and alerts to the 2Way paging public. 2WayBeats.com went on to become the largest 2Way content provider in America, providing downloadable content to over 1,000,000 users nationwide. At the height of the 2Way paging craze, Ev was featured in and interviewed by Vibe and XXL magazines:
"After Stretch Armstrong crowned me the '2Way King' on Hot 97, (WQHT, NY) and Busta Rhymes called me the 'Morpheus of the 2Way matrix' in XXL Magazine, My 2Way was flooded with requests for alerts and ringtones 24/7 from everyone from Eminem to Diddy" - DJ Ev, 2001
On the tour circuit, DJ Ev has DJ'd for Def Squad's Erick Sermon on Rawkus Records' "Lyricist Lounge" tour featuring Erick Sermon, Scarface, Graph and Pitbull. Ev has also DJ'd for Keith Murray on the acclaimed "Def Jam Vendetta" tour featuring Keith Murray, Method Man, Capone N Noreaga, Joe Budden, and Freeway from Jay-Z's Rocafella Records. Ev then went on to become world tour DJ for EPMD, one of the most respected and highest selling groups in the history of Hip-Hop.
DJ Ev's solo ability to rock any club crowd is well documented and he can currently be found spinning in the more popular nightclubs in NYC, The Hamptons, Europe, Asia and beyond.
On the airwaves, Ev has been featured on Party 105.3 FM WXXP and is currently nearing an agreement which would bring his unique talents to SiriusXM Radio.
Expect to hear from this Long Island native for years to come.