Grand Opening of Hello, Stranger in Oakland Saturday, June 2

Written by DJ Enki on May 31, 2018 – 2:43 am -

DJ Enki and DJ Ammbush rock the opening weekend for Hello Stranger

There’s a brand new spot opening up in Oakland! It’s called Hello, Stranger, and it’s at 1724 Broadway (19th and Broadway). This weekend is opening weekend, and this Saturday (June 2), I’ll be doing the do with my Oakland Fader homie DJ Ammbush from 10pm-2am. And it’s FREE! So slide through and check out the new spot, have a drink, and enjoy some great tunes.

DJ Enki: The Lookwright Mix

Written by DJ Enki on October 6, 2015 – 3:42 am -

If y’all don’t know about Lookwright, you need to get up on it. Super ill custom crates for both 7″ and 12″ wax, not to mention all sorts of custom projects, including furniture and DJ accessories. So when Mitch Manchild, the brains and the talent behind Lookwright, hit me up for a mix for his radio station, it was a definite honor. Plus, Mitch is the homie, so I had to do it up right. And here it is: 40 minutes of breaks and all sorts of funky stuff. Check it out!

Friday, Dec. 19: The Winter Sessions w/ Diamond D and 45 King

Written by DJ Enki on December 16, 2014 – 3:23 pm -

Winter Sessions flyer

This is serious business right here. For the Winter Sessions, we’ve got two of the heaviest of heavyweights coming to town: Diamond D, who is by far one of the best 45 spinners in the world (seriously, last time we had him out, he blew my mind), and 45 King, whose name speaks for itself. And these guys are gonna rock 45s for 3 full hours for y’all. That’s on top of goodness from your 45 Sessions residents. Don’t sleep! Cop presale tickets while you still can!

TheBeeShine: “What inspires DJ Enki?”

Written by DJ Enki on April 18, 2014 – 5:37 pm -

Shout out to Bryan at TheBeeShine for doing this interview. Always fun to talk about inspiration and motivation!

Take Five with the Clusterfunk Collective

Written by DJ Enki on February 17, 2014 – 5:53 pm -

DJ Enki x Clusterfunk Collective

Shout out to the fine folks at Clusterfunk Collective for including me in their Take Five interview series. If you’ve ever wondered where I got my DJ name from, this interview covers that. It also covers my general DJing philosophy, the wonder of mixtapes, and, perhaps most importantly, what burrito to check for when you’re in New Orleans. You can read the whole interview right here.

DJ Enki with The Beatnuts and Tha Alkaholiks

Written by DJ Enki on August 23, 2012 – 4:59 am -

At last week’s 45 Session, who should show up but The Beatnuts and Tha Alkaholiks! I knew what had to be done, so I pulled out a few breaks to cut up–strictly 45s!–and let the mic pros get busy. I’d definitely say rocking doubles of the Bill Doggett break for Juju ranks as a highlight for me. Sorry about the video quality here, but you can at least hear what went down.

Friday Flips #6–“Cosmic Ark”

Written by DJ Enki on August 10, 2012 – 8:19 pm -

The song: “Cosmic Ark'”
The producer: X-Clan
The science: When it comes to X-Clan, almost all the discussion is about the group’s breakout debut LP, To the East, Blackwards, with the remaining discussion being focused on septum rings, ankhs, and “sissssiiiiiiiieeeees!” As such, the follow-up album, Xodus, tends to get lost in the mix. On the rare occasion it does get mentioned, it’s usually to talk about the amount of beat biting going on throughout the album. It’s not exactly a false charge: “F.T.P.” straight-up takes Special Ed’s “I Got It Made” beat and adds a few sounds to it, the title track stomps along with D-Nice’s “Call me D-Nice” getting looped up with the “Big Beat” drums locked in, and MC Lyte (“Paper Thin”), LL Cool J (“Big Ol’ Butt”) and Terminator X (“Terminator X Buck Whylin’”) all get jacked on “Holy Rum Swig.”

But don’t let the rampant beat-jacking make you think X-Clan suddenly forgot how to make beats. The first single off the album, “Fire & Earth (100% Natural)” showed real production skills, and the lead-off song on the album, “Cosmic Ark,” is an underappreciated bit of production work that shows real sampling creativity.

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Grown Kids Radio mix: Summer Funk

Written by DJ Enki on July 11, 2012 – 6:06 am -

M’man and fellow 45 Sessioner E Da Boss hollered at me to do a mix for Grown Kids Radio. How could I say no? So I put together a half hour of funk tunes that sound great when bumped on a nice summer day. Head on over to Grown Kids Radio to listen and/or download!

Here’s the track listing:

Earth, Wind & Fire – “Moment of Truth”
The Joe Tex Band – “Chocolate Cherry”
Bobby Byrd – “Keep Doing What You’re Doing”
Edwin Starr – “Adios Senorita”
The Fatback Band – “Put the Funk on You”
Finished Touch – “Mighty Good Friends”
The Nite-Liters – “Down and Dirty”
Herbie Hancock – “Fat Mama”
Doris – “Don’t”
Honey Cone – “Stick Up”
Rosetta Hightower – “A Little More Line”
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – “Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl”

“Rescue Me” (DJ Enki remix)

Written by DJ Enki on June 19, 2012 – 6:11 am -

I gave A Taste of Honey’s classic groove a quick touchup–rearrangement, more drums, more bump. Check it out.

Quote of the Month

Written by DJ Enki on April 9, 2012 – 5:33 am -

“EDM is, to me, firmly ensconced in its ‘Arena Rock’ phase — much like in the way that rap music has both feet firmly planted in terrain too similar to the harmless and entertaining yet vapid realm of ’80s hair metal. Yet one must understand that such progression cannot continue without the eventual backlash. The physics law of for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction applies here, and with such vehement corporate co-opting we can all expect to see the rubber band snap back. Rap and dance music both need their 1988 or their 1991, and it will happen.”

Cosmo Baker, hitting the nail squarely on the head