Today we’d like to introduce you to Elijha Johnson.
Elijha Johnson, an American Disc Jockey and turntable master, is also known as “EJ the DJ”. He’s from Watts, California. On the turntables, he’s performed for more than fifteen 15 years and has worked with and helped develop an impressive catalog of artists spanning the globe. “EJ the DJ” has been hired to entertain events for former NFL players such as Robert Johnson #32 Tennessee Titans; Richard Marshall #31 San Diego Chargers; and Steven Sylvester #58 Buffalo Bills. He’s entertained, and worked with, mega producers and recording artists such as Tyrese; Stix; Wyclef Jean; PNB Rock; Tyeler Reign, Glasses Malone; Westcoast Kam; RJ; Joe Moses; The Game and many others. He’s a hired feature by the Drew League, which includes some of the NBA’s top players: James Harden; Kobe Bryant; LeBron James; and Chris Paul.
“EJ the DJ” has performed with many DJ’s including DJ VIP; DJ Salam Wreck (Secret Sesh Los Angeles); Dj Hed of 92.3 and Dj Carisma of Power 106 FM Los Angeles. Gracing some of the largest national venues, EJ has toured with Snoop Dogg’s “Puff Puff Pass Tour” featuring Bone Thugs N Harmony, Warren G, The Dogg Pound and Too Short. He’s also been the highlight of 93.5 KDAY’s Krush Groove and How the West Was Won; Billboard Magazine’s Live Stream with artist “Stix”; YouTube Live With “Stix” and Wyclef Jean; and SXSW’s Atlantic Records Stage featuring Gucci Mane, Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, OT Genasis, PNB Rock, Kyle, Stix, Cardi B and Kap G. “EJ the DJ” is the former Resident DJ for the Get Down Radio Show with Pretty Ricci and NayNAy Nice on HomegrownRadio.Net and has been featured as part of the 93.5 KDAY Thanksgiving Jive Turkey Radio Mix. “EJ the DJ” is very active in the community and loves to give back whenever he can.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely been a ride. Growing up in watts you don’t always “make it”. With all that I have accomplished, I didn’t graduated high school nor do I have a college degree. Yes, I went to a major university but didn’t get to finish. All that to lead to this point. I dropped out of college because I was receiving government assistance and the counselor told me to change My radio major and find another major because “radio” wasn’t an in demand job. I finished that semester and never thought about school again. Now I’m doing exactly what I want the way I want in a career that they said wasn’t in demand. Hell at this point nothing is an in demand career. But that’s a few of the obstacles I Had to face in this continuous journey I am on.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a mobile dj service. I can perform and curate for any type of event. I provide any and all types of entertainment needed for almost any event you can think of. I’m most proud of the clientele that I have gain. I don’t work with a huge production company. It’s just me. I book everything myself. I write all of my own contracts, invoices and receipts. I’ve really made this work for me the way I want it to. There’s a lot of room for improvement and growth and I understand that all comes with time and patients.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next 5-10 years, I see a lot of the things that we normalized not to be so normal. Such as the club experience. Going for a night out is changed as we know it. There are many things in this industry that is goin to need a huge facelift in the next couple of years. Covid-19 put a big dent on the dj, clubs, radio, and nightlife in general. So yes, major shifts are coming.