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Eric L. Lewis AKA Eric Levan started mixing at the age of 14. Influenced at a young age by radio DJs Red Alert and Tony Humphries Eric began Djing for high school parties with Club New Productions who traveled to various locations spinning Hip Hop, Club Classics and the latest in Chicago House.
After 3 years of mobile work Eric landed the job as a music engineer and back-up DJ for Club America in Newark NJ (90-92). At Club America Eric worked along side of Kerri Chandler, Johnny Dangerous, Larry Paterson and Brain Davis. Working side by side with these gun hoe producers lead him to fulfill his desire to mix and create his own records and tracks. Eric created his first underground track “Subway Sound” in 1991. “Subway Sound” featured samples of the garage classic “E2E4” which started people referring to Eric as the “Lil” Larry Levan. As Eric worked with Brain Davis and Larry Paterson, (the God Father of the Mecca Club Zanzibar) who were very close friends with Larry Levan, they conditioned Eric and called him DJ Eric Levan of Club America.
Along Eric’s journey through the music world he has worked with, New York’s Hot 97 Funk Master Flex and veteran DJ Tony Humphries. Eric spent 6 years as music director and producer of the “Planet X Dance Party” at WRLC and WRSU, Rutgers University College radio. Within his tenure he established a rapport with record promoters coast to coast and internationally. During this professional turn he worked as an intern with Sony Music for Epic records in dance promotions.
Eric L made guest appearances at the Roxy (NJ 94), The Down Under (NJ 94), Big Daddy’s (NJ 93), College Club (NJ 96), Webster Hall (NYC 93), Club NV (NYC 96), Mantra (NYC 96) and Down Time (NYC 96) “One Love” for E-Glide and Neville Wells, Ja Lounge (NYC 2003) for Jon Ferrari and Subsonic rhythms Blue Martini (Orlando, FL 2005).
Eric Levan now heads Prophet Industries and belongs to ASCAP and BMI. Eric’s focal point was New York where he managed to develop his own mixing style. Eric L points out that “all of the sudden it’s cool to do the House thing.” While Veterans like David Morales and Frankie Knuckles achieving their success, the way was more smoothly paved for DJ’s like myself. Eric Levan has relentlessly pursued his passion for the music, which is heavily influenced by the sounds of Kerri Chandler, Dennis Ferrer, Louie Vega and Roger Sanchez just to name a few.
Currently Eric works on the production development of his mix cd’s and the release of his collection of dance mixes scheduled for 2006.
Eric Levan is one of those DJ’s who not only mixes good music, but one who reads his crowd and does not mix what the club owners want him to mix but what the crowd came to that particular venue to hear him play. Eric Levan is mostly known for his mixture of House music, progressive and soulful (Garage). With today’s demand of HIP HOP and he has not forgotten his roots and has been known to mix a little Hip Hop within his sets. He has a seasoned ear for what makes his crowed move and is creative to keep the underground alive.