Eric Justin Antinoro is from North Andover, Massachusetts, and goes by the name of EJ Noro. EJ went to a community college nearby where he lives for two years and was taking core classes at first. EJ was unsure what he wanted to do and dropped out. “I decided that school was not for me,” and EJ states what a lot of people think about when in school. “I am mainly self employed as a DJ/Producer and I also do a lot of photo and video work. Also I currently work part time as a manager at a grocery store,” when I asked EJ what he does for a career. I asked him what made him pursue getting into being a DJ/Producer and he spoke on, “My dad was always making music for himself and other people when I was growing up. He plays guitar and has been in multiple bands that I can remember. That definitely got me interested as a kid. However, I didn’t really get into it until my senior year of high school. I was really into drawing at the time, but I realized that I wanted a different outlet for my creativity; something that leaves a longer and more profound impression on the consumer. So I chose to drop the drawing, and focus on the music instead.”
When it comes to interviewing artists, and asking what made them pursue or who inspired them to do what they do today, it’s a little different for DJs/Music Producers. “It’s sort of a foggy area when it comes to ‘how’ and ‘when’ you are officially considered as a DJ or music producer. Some people plug into an aux cord once and say they’re a DJ. So I would say for me it really started on the day that I decided that this is really what I wanted to do, which was some time right after high school,” EJ says when I asked him how he became a DJ/Producer, and the thought behind his decision in becoming one. EJ has been producing music for about 5 years and DJing for about 4 years now he mentioned. I asked EJ who his inspiration was for pursuing the music career he has now, and he said, “my family in general always inspired me with encouragement. As far as musical inspirations, my top artists would have to be Major Lazer, Avicii, Flume, Skrillex and David Guetta.”
DJ’s and artists are similar in the music industry when it comes to starting out, and the connections you build throughout the whole journey. I asked EJ what are some challenges and goals when starting out as a DJ, and how they change over time and this is what he had to say, “Well, in the music world it is really all about connecting with people and building relationships with artists and friends who can help you along the way as you do the same for them. That was the hardest part for me; trying to figure out how to put myself in a position to build my network of people. I was lucky at the beginning to have a lot of help from my friends Nick Cincotta and Andrew Scola when it came to meeting people and being in places where I could start making those connections.”
A piece of advice that EJ speaks on when becoming a DJ, or becoming a successful one is, “The first and most important thing that I learned when it comes to DJing is that you need to really be able to know your crowd. Not necessarily before you begin though, It is okay to go into any DJ set with an open mind. The best DJs are the ones who have the ability to be musically flexible while still staying true to yourself as an artist. I learned this the hard way when I DJed my first school dance and all I played was EDM while everyone wanted hip hop and top 40!” His advice is something I would highly listen to when it comes to playing sets, you never know the vibe of your crowd until you start playing certain genres, but you also have to stay true to yourself and your “image.” With that being said, I asked EJ what are some considerations when it comes to playing a track, and which ones to play next, and he said, “Most of the time it is a lot easier than people may think. If there is a style of track that people are reacting positively to, then you can bet that they will enjoy another one. It is also the DJs job to decide when to try and switch it up to a different style. It’s all about reading the crowd.”
I asked EJ who are some artists he’s worked with and he mentions, “I have worked with a lot of local artists such as Nick Cincotta, Rapta, Sixztar and TJ Hickey. As well as some people around the country such as Philly K, Blest Jones and SH3.” I also asked who are some artists in the future he wants to work with, and he said, “I’m not really the type of person who focuses on names when it comes to who I want to work with. It’s usually just a spontaneous decision when I find someone whose style I like. Other than that I am mostly looking forward to collaborating with my friends who are also into making music.” From that answer if anyone needs a DJ or help with producing, I’ll have EJ’s social media links down below to get in contact with!
To wrap up this interview, I asked EJ if he currently has a favorite song or track of his, and his favorite scene to play where he said, “I’d like to say that all of the music I make is my favorite because why would I make anything otherwise! But my current favorite is an unreleased track of mine with my friend Ben Mader called “Binge.”” For a favorite scene to play, EJ said, “Each scene has its qualities that I like. School dances are fun because you never know what is going to happen. Shows are fun because the energy is always really high. Mostly I enjoy DJing parties with my friends because that is when I have the most musical freedom and the connection between myself and the people in the room is a lot more personal.” In the end, EJ says he doesn’t exactly know where he sees himself in five years, but he sees himself living off of music or something along the lines of it. EJ also states if he didn’t have this job he would want to be a video game tester. If anyone is in need of a DJ, or producer EJ’s links will be down below!