In an attempt to get into the thick of New York nightlife, a young Eric Clark moved downstate from Mount Vernon, NY and landed a job as a security guard at the Ritz. This concert venue at the forefront of all musical genres is where he fortuitously began DJing for the first time, blending together all of his loves; soul, rock n roll, jazz, funk, classics, reggae, hip-hop and house. Eventually the music-lover left the Ritz and got a job in promotions at Tommy Boy records where he got his nickname, Eman, from music mogul Monica Lynch.
After leaving Tommy Boy, Eman began a long career in film and television but still continued to DJ and also began to produce his own nightclub events. Through the years DJ Eman has 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, to name a few - and in clubs as far away as Sweden, Moscow and the Czech Republic. In 1997 Eman co-founded the popular weekly event, Bang the Party, with then Paper Magazine nightclub reporter, Lorie Caval. The intimate, underground house music party where Eman held DJ residency 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 - including 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) 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, such as Mixtify Radio.com
Eman continues to write, produce and vocalize on projects - collaborating with some of the best producers in the global music community. In 2016 Eman launched his new record label, Run Bklyn Trax Company. Expect to hear many more releases from Run Bklyn Trax Company, and from Eman, playing through a speaker near you.
“With a career spanning 25+ years. Val has helped promote, market, contribute to and break a variety of artists from the underground dance scene to the overground indie commercial scene. With an eye and ear on the streets, an eclectic taste in music and a strong instinct for emerging trends. He continues to blaze a trail honoring the past and present history of Electronic music and looking ahead to its future.”
Val is a Cali born and raised Filipino/Latino American artist based out of Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay. He began His foray into the music scene at the ripe age of 17 throwing underground renegades called Nocturnal Pursuit in San Francisco in 1993 with His partner in crime DJ Jacob Terry. Building a loyal following led to an offer to join one of the Bay Area's biggest Rave festival producers Funky Tekno Tribe. With the OK of FTT partner DJ Dan He would work under FTT co-founder Kevin Banks in Street Promotions and marketing as well as any duty needed for the company. This enabled Him to learn and get exposure to some of the biggest underground acts of the early 90's. This experience led Him to move to the East Coast in early 96' to produce and DJ many of the Raves up and down the Eastern Seaboard leading to His big break opening for Carlos Soulslinger at the infamous Konkrete Jungle in Brooklyn. He would then meet and join forces with New England's premier DJ Brian Carter throwing some memorable parties in CT and NY including the first ever House music Boat Party in Manhattan. Brian helped Val land a Residency at the Diesel Jeans Flagship store in Manhattan, where He shared a monthly residency with Brian Carter, Dwayne Saunders, Holmar Filippson of Thugfucker, Lars Behrenroth and DJ Graeme. After a proper performance for Diesel executives at the opening party of Diesel Style Lab in SOHO, He was offered an appearance at the Diesel headquarters in Milan including a summer residency in 98', doing opening duties for the infamous Manumission in Ibiza. During this time He met the Co-founder of GiantStep Maurice Bernstein and started working for Adam Kurzawa in the DJ promo services for GiantStep Records indie record label and transitioned into the Club scene.
He would move back to Oakland in 2000 maintaining a residency at the Diesel Jeans Flagship store in San Francisco until 2003 before landing a job at Daddy's Records in Berkeley California as a buyer. There, He reunited with old friends forming a new weekly Party called Talkin' Soul with partner and underground Maestro DJ Tune of the Houseblends crew in 2001. Val and Tune produced a successful 3 year weekly in San Francisco's mission district Bar the Skylark featuring many local and international artists. During this tenure Val started His First label Garden of LIfe recordings pressing 3 vinyl EP's. During an LA underground performance at the infamous Capsule Labs Val would meet and bring on Michele Torres as manager and led to the creation of the Soul Revival tour in collaboration with Mr.V and the Sole Channel family bringing together up and coming and established House music artists from the Bay, LA, NYC and Detroit. The tour featured artists such as Alix Alvarez, Mr.V, Soul Planet Jazz Ensemble, Leedia of Kings of Tomorrow, Miss Patty, Keith Worthy and many more on a national tour that led to performances at the Winter Music Conference in South Beach Florida. In Miami He would meet DJ Eman for the first time and eventually add Him as a featured artist of the yearly Tour. Building on 10yrs of Talkin' Soul Val would successfully launch the Talkin' Soul Streetwear brand debuting at Oakland's first Annual Hiero Day and eventually getting featured on Karmaloop one of the biggest Online streetwear E-commerce sites at the time. Val has maintained His Tastemaker status spinning at many events for Brands such as Puma and Adidas as well as playing all the major local clubs and events as well as in LA for the Independent Film Festival with a performance at the launch party of StoneThrows' Documentary "This vinyl weighs a Ton" at the LA Exchange. Val continues to work with GiantStep on the West coast servicing DJ promos and marketing duties for many Artists under the Universal Music umbrella. He also acts as an artist liaison and part time A&R rep for up and coming artists and helped and contributed to the successful release campaigns of singer and song writer Donnie and His Freshman release the Colored Section, Agent K's Feed the Cat, GiantStep Soul Sessions Vol. 1, as well as Lily Allen, Hiatus Kayote, Emily Sande, Little Dragon and Amy Winehouse's US label debuts including indie bands such as Fitz and the Tantram, Bat for Lashes and Bittersweets debut as well and has worked with Big labels such as A&M, Geffen, Interscope, Motown, Capitol records, Blue Note, Hollywood records, Verve and many notable Jazz acts. Now coming full circle DJ Eman and the Heff join forces to bring Oakland to Brooklyn and Brooklyn to Oakland as a Brand Manager with some future Talkin' Soul and Run Brooklyn collabos coming soon. Stay tuned for some Heat coming your way!
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