This time up we have had a very nice chat with the multi talented New York DJ/producer Eli Escobar. Signed to Plant Records and Money Studies. Eli is very well known for his many amazing remixes for about every big name out there. His production we can only describe as eclectic and brilliant. He has also been so kind to give us a never released edit (thank you!!) and the newly recorded live mix from his club night Work! (with DJ Lloydski). The live mixes from Work! are raw, dirrrty and makes you feel like you are right there on the dance floor.
What five words best describe Eli Escobar?
This is really difficult. I have no idea! How about Fast Times At Ridgemont High.
What are your earliest musical memories as a child?
Mostly listening to the radio, and watching MTV very early on in its existence with my awesome baby sitters who got me into Culture Club, Duran Duran and groups like that. Also seeing dudes with huge boom boxes in the subway and the street playing early rap and electro stuff always mesmerized me.
What’s the wildest moment you’ve experienced in your career so far?
Ok one thing that comes to mind is DJing Tracy Morgan’s (from 30 Rock) birthday party at some point in the mid 2000′s. It started at 5am and was in some huge fancy loft in Battery Park City. There were stripper poles everywhere and all the strippers were really overweight and unattractive! The sound guy starts telling me where to set up, how to use the system, etc. and then I notice he’s Grandmaster Caz (who is an iconic New York rapper, famous for writing the lyrics to “Rapper’s Delight” and his group the Cold Crush Brothers)! Suddenly a little star struck, I think I said something nerdy like “I know who you are by the way” and he was SO grateful and friendly towards me after that. Anyways, the party was madness and went on ’til way late into Sunday morning and past the time I was contracted to play. By 10 am or something, Tracy has his shirt off and starts offering me money and liquor and coming up with crazy requests and I was literally falling asleep while he was talking to me. I also remember there being no one left at the party except him and one other dude. Even the fat strippers had gone. I was with my wife and we were both so tired, we decided to plot an escape. Grandmaster Caz told us about a secret elevator or something and somehow, with his help, we managed to sneak out with 4 crates of records without Tracy noticing. Is that wild enough? I’m not that wild of a guy sorry!
What’s in the future for you?
I have enough material completed to put out an album but for now I will put out another E.P. because it seems dance music translates better in that format. So my next E.P. will be out soon and has a few deep instrumental cuts on it and a feel good dance song with Nomi Ruiz singing on it called “Desire”. After this release I think an album will happen.
What are you listening to now?
I’m really into the Tazz record called “World Of Techno” especially the track “Unrestrained”. The new Morgan Geist project “Storm Queen” is an instant classic. Kyle Hall’s “Sun Goddess” record is great. Those are a few off the top of my head. As far as non-dance stuff goes it’s usually the same old people like Siouxsie, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen. Not so interesting I guess! I did really like the Memory Tapes album.
What is your favorite word?
Probably “Duh”. I seem to use it a lot.
What do you fear most?
Probably my grandmother passing away. That’s a bit personal, but it’s inconceivable to me that it will ever happen.
Do you collect anything?
Um, yes. Records, for the last 30 years of my life. Comics, sneakers and toys here and there, but the records remain.
What is your worst addiction?
Please tell us more about your club night Work! .
Work! is a monthly night I do with my friend DJ Lloydski the first Thursday of every month at Submercer. It’s a cozy little club in Soho with a great sound system and so far it’s been the most fun party ever. We play lots of house and techno and some disco and new wave stuff also.
CHECK OUT MORE FROM ELI ESCOBAR:
Eli Escobar makes us wanna dance! :)
We have been following this lovely New Yorkers music for a while now.
Eli has been so kind to share some of his newest edits with us.
Thank you! Enjoy these gems!
+ Check out his White Light Dj mix (Fucking brilliant!)