Grand Master Flash was one of the first DJ’s to break the mold commonly associated with the role of a Disc Jockey. He, along with many other turn-table pioneers, began to make DJ’s more than a background entity; DJ’s rapidly became their own main…
Grand Master Flash was one of the first DJ’s to break the mold commonly associated with the role of a Disc Jockey. He, along with many other turn-table pioneers, began to make DJ’s more than a background entity; DJ’s rapidly became their own main events with the help of his presence. DJ Zeke was born on November 25, 1984. This versatile Sagittarius is becoming his own enterprise as each day passes. Born and raised in the home of the Wu-Tang Clan, Park Hill projects of Staten Island, New York, he managed to persevere and become both a college graduate and an aspiring entertainer. During the fourth grade in Immaculate Conception, DJ Zeke moved from the Park Hill projects to Queens, New York to benefit from a better quality of life and education. Both of his parents worked in Queens and were determined to provide the best support for their family. Zeke enrolled in P.S. 33; however, the public school environment was rather unfamiliar to Zeke because he was accustomed to Catholic education. He learned a lot from that experience and enrolled in I.S. 109 Junior High School in Queens. During his stay, he began involving himself in extra-curricular activities such as basketball and football. He was often praised for his speed. Zeke was the youngest student to make the basketball team and soon became the team’s captain. Upon his graduation from Junior High School, Zeke lost a handful of friends. His friend, Michael B., passed away due to gang affiliation, and his other friend, Lance, was also found dead in a trunk of a car due to his involvement in heavy drug usage. Zeke was deeply affected by this experience and became determined to rid himself from the common notion of being a product of one’s environment. Zeke attended Martin Van Buren High School in Queens. Throughout his high school career, he was a student athlete playing basketball, indoor track, outdoor track, and cross-country running.
During the middle of tenth grade, a close friend in need of music approached Zeke for her Sweet 16 birthday party. Zeke was known by his peers to have a widely 9renowned collection of various genres of music. Zeke has always had a passion for music and soon asked the pastor of his church for a 5 Compact Disc changer and speakers to use for his close friend’s birthday party. After the party, Zeke realized that he has an immense passion for playing music to and for large crowds. Soon after, his parents provided him with his first set of equipment from Sam Ash. Zeke began saving his money and continued supplying both his presence and wide selection of music for many Sweet 16 parties. Zeke quickly became his high school’s predominant DJ. He rapidly created a buzz for himself by offering free services for many events.
Zeke graduated from Martin Van Buren High School and began his collegiate study at St. John’ University in Jamaica, New York. DJ Spynfo, a St. John’s senior, was already St. John’s University’s well-known DJ on the rise. At first, DJ Spynfo was not particularly fond of Zeke and his threatening competition. DJ Zeke was determined to become another well-known DJ at St. John’s. DJ Spynfo predominantly tailored his events toward the African American community. Zeke respectfully tapped into and targeted another market at St. John’s to stray from interfering with DJ Spynfo’s creation. Zeke began to offer his services in various multicultural events on campus. DJ Spynfo gradually gained respect for Zeke because of the buzz that he created as a mere freshman in college. Soon after, both DJ Zeke and DJ Spynfo began doing parties together to build both of their names. In addition, they became St. John’s University’s two biggest DJ’s uniting over 600 people for each venue. Zeke was not fully embraced by the African American community until the middle of his Junior Year. After DJ Spynfo graduated, he continued to offer his services. However, DJ Zeke began to take on the chief role of St. John’s number one DJ. By the end of his junior year, DJ Zeke was finally known as one of the biggest DJ’s around on all three St. John’s campuses. In addition, he gained strong recognition at Adelphi University, Marymount University, Lincoln University, Hofstra University and the Transformer’s premiere in Los Angeles, California. He also began MC’ing concerts as well as the St. John’s University home basketball games at Conaccea Arena. Zeke was also a New Student Orientation Leader for two years and a practice player for the girl’s basketball team, which helped maintain his fitness as well as to build report with the staff and coaches. During the summer of 2007, Zeke also began touring with the “We Got Next” college tour, a new movement sweeping the nation.
When asked about the perks of being a DJ, Zeke insists that there is something special about being able to do what you love. Of course, money is important in today’s world; however, Zeke states, “When a person can apply their passion to their lives, it becomes more play than work, and only then can a person become whole.” Zeke states, “Being a DJ is also being both a student and a teacher. You learn to incorporate the various styles of performing while also being given the opportunity to leave your own impression on the lives you encounter.” Today, Zeke is expected to graduate from St. John’s University as a Business Administration major. When asked about his next step, Zeke says “The real world is a scary place. However, I plan to continue to do what I do best PERFORM. You can look too far ahead. A car can go across the United States with headlights that only lead the way for the next few hundred feet. Baby steps become real steps; real steps become unique swaggers. I’m grateful for my experience thus far, and I hope it can continue way into the future. Music is therapeutic in nature and touches all walks of life’s experiences, and I love the ability to share it with the world.”