Ekim – Miami, Florida
DJ Ekim started his musical career in and out of hardcore and punk bands in the Cleveland scene in the early 90s. With this introduction to the music scene, it was only a matter of time before he was exploring the underground dance scene and began to DJ jungle. After perfecting his skills on the decks and rising to the top of the Cleveland scene, DJ Ekim became a resident at Club Metropolis, but soon decided to make a move to Florida.Hoping to utilize the larger Florida scene to make a bigger impact in the DJing world, DJ Ekim quickly established himself in the Tampa area by becoming a DJ for Florida’s largest record store, Hot Wax Records, in Tampa’s Ybor City club district. While Ekim was in Tampa he found a lack of support for the ragga scene despite the fact that Hot Wax’s was a major supporter of the junglist movement. The Florida breaks scene still seemed to rule there, so after a few years Ekim kept up his moving and made his way to West Palm Beach where he soon became part of the local scene and took a residency in West Palm’s longest standing club, Respectables. As a result of Ekim’s success at Respectables, Mash Up Crew Miami and Konkrete Jungle Miami took notice of his talent and brought him on to their roster. After establishing himself within Mash Up Crew, Ekim was signed to Urban Anarchy Records,located in Phoenix. Urban Anarchy brought Ekim out for their yearly all systems go to headline on the jungle stage. There, Ekim spun with DJs such as DB, Kimball Collins, Baby Anne, AK 1200, Evol Intent. He also acquired raw spinning dates on the PS2 tour and a wide array of parties that he hosted from Cleveland to Miami. After that chain of successful events, DJ Ekim was finally able to showcase his skills for a record setting crowd when he hosted a stage at the world famous Ultra Music festival in Miami.
DJ Ekim has recently released his ragga dubplate set containing nothing but unreleased tracks from ragga greats such as tester, the Archangel, and J Bostron (just to name a few). Also with his journey into sound, he is preparing to release his dubstep and minimal house sets. With a recent signing of a few of Ekim’s tracks to junglist manifesto and establishing what appears to be jungles only stateside record pool, DJ Ekim will be a force to be reckoned with in the edm scene in 2010.