celebrate the Toronto debut of E-Man with Montreal's
T.O.'s own Blueprint
(Jason Klaps, Mike K. & Alan Lo) and Moreno
(Level 101), plus the Garage 416 debut of Marty
he was a child, Eric "E-Man" Clark was driven
by music. In his hometown, Mount Vernon, New York, described by
E-Man to be something reminiscent of, "a black Norman Rockwell
painting," he spent most of his spare time listening to the
songs that his parents played on their record player. By age six
he bought his first record-James Brown "I Feel Good"
- which is still one of his favorite songs. In second grade, E-Man
discovered the drums and studied throughout junior high. By the
time E-Man was grown up, he got a job at Paul's Record Hut in
New Rochelle, NY.
In an attempt
to get in the thick of it, he landed a job as a security guard
at the Ritz, a concert venue that was at the forefront of all
musical genres. It was at the Ritz that he 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
multifarious music lover left the Ritz and got a job in promotions
at Tommy Boy records where he got his nickname, E-Man, from Monica
Tommy Boy, E-Man began a long career in film and television production
but still continued to DJ and also began to produce his own nightclub
events. Through the years DJ E-Man 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 and Warehouse to name a few. In 1997 E-Man co-founded his
most popular weekly event to date, Bang The Party, with
NYC nightclub reporter Lorie Caval. The intimate, underground
house music party where E-Man holds DJ residency quickly gained
local and international acclaim. Articles about Bang The Party
have appeared in publications such as; DJ Times, Face, ID, New
York, Jockey Slut, Flyer NYC, PAPER, NYPress, Village Voice, Mixer
and Time Out New York.
During a trip
to Chicago in 1999, E-Man 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 E-Man's long-time friend Sweet Sable and was released on HipBone
Records in early 2000. HipBone quickly made a follow-up record
called "The What" featuring E-Man singing in
a jazzy, scat style. Returning to Chicago in 2000, E-Man collaborated
with DJ Quad once again to produce a cover of Steely Dan's "Caves
of Altamira", on which E-Man provided all of the vocals.
The single was signed to Nervous Records (due out in early 2002);
promo copies were quickly charted by the likes of Tony Humphries
and David Mancuso. In 2001, Chez Music owner Neil Aline, approached
E-Man with the idea of a collaboration with producer Jon Cutler.
In an almost miraculous 20 minutes, E-Man penned the prolific
lyrics to "It's Yours" and almost over night,
the single has become a dance floor sensation, relentlessly remaining
on top ten charts worldwide to this day.
acclaimed producer Kerri Chandler asked E-Man to visit his studio
and in a similar impromptu fashion, "Where I Live"
- taken from the "Brooklyn" song, born out of
E-Man's improvisation on the mic at Bang The Party - was created.
"Where I Live" is now out on Sphere Records. In yet
another attempt to bridge New York and Chicago vibes, E-Man has
been collaborating with Chi-Town's Jordan Fields as well as New
York's Romatt on a new single called "Respect the Music"
(due out on King Street in early 2002).
The hook line
in E-Man's lyrics for the upcoming "Respect the Music"
single says that, "Music is the driving force of the universe."
Which certainly holds true- at least in E-Man's universe.
Collecting records for over thirty years, Marty Rotman has DJ'ed
at the legendary COPA, Showbiz, Joy, Go-Go, and Club Max. His
love for dance music eventually led to the creating and singing
his own songs. In 1992 Marty did a cover of Barry White's classic
song "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me" with
the Boomtang Boys and 1995 saw "All or Nothing" on Dino
and Terry's Crash Records label.
not miss E-Man in his first Toronto DJ performance!