Born and raised in Houston Texas, Ebonix was exposed to the DJ culture early in life. He grew up around DJs in his family: DJ Kosuri who was a 1999 DMC finalist and DJ Single who was heavy in the night clubs. Exposed to both turntablism and party rocking was intriguing for him to watch. Ebonix was always into music as a child and soon after, sharing his love of music with large crowds became his passion.
Ebonix began spinning like most local DJs who started at house parties and local events. But his transition from mobile gigs to the night clubs was very different than others. He met DJ Johnny J, and began to spin at local Houston night clubs at the age of seventeen. In 2005, after some experience in the night scene, he took his place as a DJ for the NBA’s Houston Rockets. His popularity grew, as well as the respect from local Houston DJs; this got the attention from PD Tom Callacochi at the Number 1 Hip Hop and R&B station in Houston – 97.9 the Box (KBXX), where he started his nationally known show, The Friday Night Takeover. With momentum rolling fast, including a life of college at the University of Houston, spinning at nightclubs, working the NBA Houston Rockets home games, and 97.9 the Box; the young Ebonix had a very full plate by the age of 20.
With the rise of the Houston Hip Hop scene in 2004 DJ Ebonix’s popularity grew in the clubs. He became a regular component for high profile clubs and events for celebrities like Pharrell, Jurassic 5, Slim Thug, Ne-Yo, Tracy McGrady, and Kanye West. Also the mixtape circuit allowed Ebonix to DJ around the US at clubs such as House of Blues in San Diego, The Exit in New York, and Karma in Dallas.
With a taste for different genres, Ebonix is a rare DJ discovery. His fusion on Hip Hop to R&B, Reggae to Classics, and Rock to House allowed him to adapt to any crowd. In 2005 another big opportunity came when his long time friend and Grammy Award Winning artist Chamillionaire asked Ebonix if he would like to incorporate what he does in the club to a performance on a nationwide tour. This was a break that gave DJ Ebonix nationwide exposure and chance to network with industry leaders. In the summer of 2006 XM Satellite Radio offered Chamillionaire and DJ Ebonix a radio show on XM 66 Raw, a Hip Hop station that was known for breaking new records and showcasing underground Hip Hop. The number of listeners for Ebonix on a given weekend was 11 million on XM, 1 million on 97.9 the Box, and 1,000s of people in the clubs. But all his hard work was not unnoticed when he was awarded Rookie DJ of the Year at the Mix Show Power Summit Awards in Dominican Republic in 2006.
Of late, he has been keeping busy maintaining his residencies in Houston and taking off for traveling gigs.
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