Growing up and being in high school, you often meet a lot of people and become friends with many. One of my friends I met and still keep in contact with after all these years is Dj Ervin Arana. I met Ervin back in 95 wile attending high school, we would break dance during lunch and always looked forward to parties on the weekends. 20 plus years later we still keep in touch. Here’s a interview I did with Dj Ervin Arana and how he got started in djaying and some of the countries and places he experienced. Photo provided by Dj Ervin Arana
What’s your name and what city do you rep?
Ervin Arana, out of Long Beach, CA.
What do you do ?
How did you get into djaying and how long have you be doing it ?
When I was 13 yrs old, my next door neighbor was a DJ. That was when the idea was born, but I didn’t actually start until I was 18 yrs old. So almost 20 years DJayin‘ now.
What inspired you to become a DJ ?
My next door neighbor, but ultimately my love for music and the culture of DJayin‘ is what inspires me most.
I remember growing with you in high school and you always into break dancing can you tell us a little about that ?
Yea, I saw the movie Beat Street when I was 13 yrs old & thought I’d love to do that! I’ve been involved in the bboy/bgirl scene ever since.
Have you ever performed in other countries and if so what are some of the places you performed at?
Yes, I’ve been fortunate to have performed in many different countries. Japan, Korea, Spain, Slovakia & Mexico just to name a few.
Have you ever DJayed or opened for any known celebrity or event?
Yes, most notably, I’ve opened for KRS One, Big Daddy Kane, Jungle Fire & countless other special guest we’ve had at The Root Down.
What was your most memorable experience ?
The really intimate parties where everyone’s open and in tuned to what I’m doing are my favorite. Most recently, I was invited to judge and DJ at Mexico’s Redbull Thre3style competition, that was incredible!
If you could give advice to a youngster that’s just starting out in djaying. What kinda advice could you give em?
Understand that your taste in music, your approach, decisions & presentation is unique to you. No one else on the planet can offer that. Just make sure you continue to grow & hone your skills. Don’t ever disrespect the culture by being lazy.
Any up coming events you’ll be performing at?
Beat swap meet on March 12th, Tacolandia in LA on June 17th, Mexico City, Barcelona & Europe later this summer.
How can the public get a hold of you if they wanna contact you about a event ?
Email me at, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone you wanna give a shout to ?
I’d like to shout out everyone in pursuit of happiness. No matter how you get there, it’s where we all strive to be. Much respect!
hell yeah. It’s been good catching up with you bro and I appreciate you taking the time to share some of the experiences you had djaying and letting us know how you got started. Keep up the great work I’ll have this up on my website soon. Peace