Jack Edma (DJ Ed) - DJ and Producer
DJ Ed, also known as Jack Edma, was born in the United States but lived most of his young life in the Republic of Haiti in the Caribbean. There, he spent his formative years, together with his parents and four siblings. It was while he was growing up in Port-au-Prince that Jack first developed a passion for music, and an appreciation for its power to influence and inspire across cultures and people groups. As DJ Ed grew older, his musical tastes evolved, and he developed a finely tuned ear for rhythm, beat and melody. As his skill level increased, Ed realized that his ear for music and beats informed his ability to DJ well. It was not too much later that this burgeoning artist immigrated to the United States to pursue his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. A twist of fate prevented him from going to the school of his choice and Ed found himself living in Lynchburg, Virginia – a small town, with little to no music scene. Gradually, his skills as a DJ and genuine love for the art caught the attention of several key players in Lynchburg who encouraged and supported him as he began to develop his production company: MG Productions, named after his late mother.
MG Productions blossomed quickly, and soon DJ Ed was joined by a group of other Djs, musicians and artists looking for a uniting force to bring them together. MG Productions was soon evolving into much more than a DJ agency and Ed soon found himself recording artists in the studio, producing songs, jingles and remixes for a variety of clients, artists and corporations alike. MG began to produce large-scale events in the Lynchburg and Central Virginia area, inviting artists and DJs from around the world, to this small town, where there had previously been only a limited music scene. Today, MG continues to blaze the trail in music production, event production, strategic marketing and DJ services in the Central Virginia area and around the world, the artist – DJ Ed, however, remains true to his passion. He continues to DJ events, large and small, constantly challenging himself to push musical boundaries, mixing genres and pleasing audiences across North America. DJ Ed is a constantly evolving and learning artist, and it is never surprising to see him listening in awe to his musical/DJ inspirations, playing the air-keyboard, and taking any chance he can to listen to music.
Now, the young, aspiring artist who listened to music and DJs on his battery-operated radio in the dead of the night in Haiti, is an emerging DJ and music producer, using his art as a way to honor his mother, and to impact and inspire the world.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.iamdjed.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamdjed
- LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jackledma
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/iamdjed
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/iamdjed
- YouTube: www.youtube.com/iamdjed
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I realized I wanted to be a DJ when I went to my friend Dimitrov’s house, where his brothers were using a piece of a equipment which mixed two completely different songs into one. I was 12 years old at the time.
How does your personal story/background influence your work?
I grew up in the Caribbean islands of Haiti, where music is a huge part of our culture. Different music genres, from around the World, are programmed on the local radio stations. There, I was introduced to House Music, Techno, R&B, Jazz, Opera and Hip Hop
Which of your works are you most proud of?
The International DJ Festival is one of the projects that I enjoy greatly.
What is the hardest part about being a professional artist?
Going through the challenges of life and incertitude while pursuing your worthy goals and dreams.
What artists inspire you?
Tiesto, DJ NickyMix, Akon and Kanye West inspired me.
What advice would you give aspiring artists who come from minority or under-represented groups?
Live Your Truth: Do what you love and make the best out of your gift!