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DJ Total Eclipse (X-Ecutioners) | Interview

DJ Total Eclipse is an original member of New York City’s legendary elite DJ collective, The X-Ecutioners and currently Ill Insanity. Taking part in pioneering the art form of turntablism by recording some of the most influential albums. DJ Total Eclipse was introduced to turntables in 1991 at the age of 14, and learned how the craft by watching Scratch from EPMD cut on Video Music Box. In 1994, Total Eclipse entered his first DJ battle on DJ Mayhem’s college radio show, and caught the attention of DJ Rob Swift after winning. Rob and Total Eclipse linked up to practice together, and Rob taught Total Eclipse the history of battling and how to beat juggle. In 1996, Total Eclipse entered the Beat Street Records DJ Battle where he took first place and received a gold bronzed Technic 1200 turntable. He entered several more battles around New York, culminating in the International Turntables Federation Battle, where he competed against international DJs. After Total Eclipse won the challenges, he was soon inducted into the X-Men. In 1997, The X-Ecutioners recorded their debut album, X-Pressions. Total Eclipse’s recorded the song, “Turntable Exhibition”, a self-produced track that displays the essence of turntablism with only two Technic 1200’s and a Vestax 05PRO mixer to create a sonic collage. Total Eclipse recorded cuts on Organized Konfusion’s album, Equinox. He went on to do cuts and tour with Pharoahe Monch, which led to a performance on BET’s Live in LA, shortly followed by a battle on The Queen Latifah Show. In 2002, The X-Ecutioners took the world by storm from a collaboration with Linkin Park called “It’s Going Down”. Total Eclipse continues to master entertaining club sets and showcase routines while performing alongside Dilated Peoples, DJ Premier, Masta Ace, The Beatnuts, Cormega, Jay-Z, and more. Total Eclipse has succeeded making a string of television appearances, displaying his talent, and is consistently one of the most sought after DJs.

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