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“Throughout his involvement in both the Hawaiʻi Hip-Hop and DJ scene, ELITE has supported the culture as styles and trends came and went. His role as a mentor and battle-tested mix man in the clubs and radio has helped encourage and sustain the culture that has survived primarily on knowledge from the old school players in the industry.

 

Music is the catalyst and inspiration for many things. For Hawaiʻi’s DJ ELITE™, music is a little more than just a “thing.”

  

In many ways, ELITE is a DJ activist determined to preserve the art form’s culture and fundamentals, from the most cutting-edge methods of scratching and remixing to the fundamental turntable trick.

Along with running his music production business, Elite Empire Entertainment™, he is also the co-founder of the Crossfade Disciples™, a collective of Oahʻu’s most dedicated turntable purists, as well as the co-founder of the 808 Natives™, a Wahiawā veteran rap-duo forged in their teens during Rap’s Golden Era.

 

“Music is my lifeblood, and DJing is the heart that pumps it,” he said.

 

Sadly, I’ve seen street go mainstream, but on the flip side, I’ve watched the underground expand in wider acceptance and grow exponentially as a community,” he says.

His professional career dates back to 1988, but he still is very much in his prime. Ultimately, you can’t go forward without recognizing the past. When you’ve been in the game as long as he has, and you’re still setting the standard. That’s saying something.

 

As Hawaiʻi’s first-ever Hip-Hop DJ Champion, a title he claimed in 1990, this DJ has a right to call himself ELITE. His accomplishments have paved the road to success - time to start walking.”

Honolulu Weekly

Honolulu Weekly
2009/2012 INTERVIEW

MidWeek Oʻahu (mention)
COVER STORY

RÉSUMÉ

1990 to current
Elite Empire Creative Studio

aka The War Room

dba Elite Empire Entertainment, LLC
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

Creative Director, Music Producer, Audio Engineer,

DJ Entertainer,  and more

2000 to current
CrossFade Disciples aka CFD

(Scratch DJ and Music Production Crew)

[Founded as "Elite Squad" in 1997 by Jason Kuni]

Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

Scratch DJ, Music Producer, Performer

2000 to current

808 Natives

(Rap and Music Production Duo)
[Founded as "Def Squad (Hawaiʻi)" in 1986]

Wahiawā, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

Rapper, Writer, Music Producer, Performer

2008 to 2017
KPHW 104.3 FM (Power 104.3)

Top 40 (Contemporary Hit Radio)

SummitMedia, LLC (formerly Cox Radio, Inc.)

Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Mixshow DJ and Events DJ

2008 to 2013

Zanzabar Nightclub

SINsual Fridays, Sizzlin' Sundays

Waikīkī, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

Resident DJ

2013

Bacardi® Iron DJ BATTLE (Invite Only)

The Republik Nightclub

Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

INVITEE

2013

Mix Factor DJ BATTLE

Hula's Bar & Lei Stand

Waikīkī, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

2nd PLACE
 

2012
The Villa Nightclub (Aloha Tower)

Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Resident DJ

2006
Justin Timberlake - SexyBack (Jive, Zomba)
SexyBack Club Tour: The Remixes
* SEXY DREAMS REMIX

[BONUS: Unreleased Alternate Remix]

Music Producer, Audio Engineer


2006
Rihanna - Unfaithful (Def Jam, SRP)
ISLAND VIBE Remix
Music Producer, Audio Engineer

 

2005

Maka - Treatment (Elite Empire)

San Diego Solo Rap Artist Album

* Produced from scratch in 1 month (October)

Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

Executive Producer, Music Producer,
Audio Engineer, Back Vocals (Make A Move),

DJ (various songs)

2004
KPOI 97.5 FM (98 Rock)

Alternative Rock

Visionary Related Entertainment
Spin City Mixshow
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Mixshow DJ

2003
Kutmaster Spaz - React For Him (Vaihi Ent.)
Honolulu Solo Rap Artist Album
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Song: Many Rivers (feat. 808 Natives)
Music Producer, Co-Writer, and Rapper
Song: Shining Star
Music Producer, Co-Writer

1997-2000
Bomb Bay Records

(Recording Studio, Record Label)
Los Angeles, California US
Music Producer, Audio Engineer

1997

Exotic Nights (Gentlemen's Club)
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

Resident DJ, Emcee, Talent Director


1993 to 1997
Platinum Pacific Hawaii, Inc.
(Recording Studio)
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Music Producer, Audio Engineer


1990 to 1996
A Disco Beat

(Mobile Sound Company)
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Resident DJ

1996
KCCN 100.3 FM (FM 100)

Hawaiian Contemporary Hits

*Kid Leo and Jimmy the Geek show
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

Mixshow DJ

1996
The Jungle Nightclub

TropiKail Legends, Inc.
Waikīkī, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Resident DJ, Emcee

1995-1996
Rendezvous Nightclub
(The old Pink Cadillac)
Waikīkī, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Resident DJ, Emcee

1990 to 1995
Music Express Productions

(Mobile Sound Company and Recording Studio)
ʻEwa Beach, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Resident DJ, Music Producer, Audio Engineer

1992 to 1995
Rumour’s Nightclub

Ala Moana Hotel
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Nightclub Consultant, Occasional Guest DJ

 

1995

After Dark Nightclub DJ BATTLE (II)

Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

FINALIST

1994

After Dark Nightclub DJ BATTLE (I)

Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

2nd PLACE

1993
The Attic Nightclub (Kakaʻako)
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Resident DJ, Emcee

1992
Steamer’s Seafood Restaurant
Haleʻiwa, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Resident DJ, Emcee

1991 to 1992
BM Productions 
(Event Promoter)

*Aloha Tower events
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Resident DJ, Emcee

1991
DG Sounds 
(Mobile Sound Company)
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Resident DJ

1990
JL Productions 
(Event Promoter)

*Aloha Tower events

*M.A.D.D. High School events

Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Resident DJ

1990

Paradise Club DJ BATTLE

Schofield Army Barracks
Wahiawā, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

CHAMPION

1988 to 1989
Matt Young Productions

(Record Producer, Concert Promoter)

*3 Local Boys remixes
Honolulu, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
Resident DJ, Music Producer / Remixer

1989

Brown Bags to Stardom

(Statewide High School Talent Competition)

Leilehua High School

Wahiawā, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

GROUP: C.O.D. aka Concepts of Desire

Song Title: Broken Love

Genre: Latin Freestyle / Rap

Vocalist, Writer, Music Producer, Performer

1st PLACE

1988
Brown Bags to Stardom

(Statewide High School Talent Competition)

Leilehua High School
Wahiawā, Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US

GROUP: Def Squad (1986)

Song Title: Supremacy

Genre: Rap

Music Producer

2nd PLACE


1984 to 1989
Various School events
Various Teen Dances
Various House Parties

Central Oahʻu, Hawaiʻi US
DJ, Emcee

 
 
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