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Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse
(The X-Ecutioners / Ill Insanity)

Total Eclipse of the world famous X-Ecutioners DJ collective from New York is a man of
many talents, as comfortable throwing down a mind blowing routine in his guise as one
of the world’s best turntablists as he is rocking a crowd of thousands in party mode…

Even at the early age of 14 it was apparent that Total Eclipse was destined to become
one of Hip-Hop’s greatest DJ’s. Influenced by DJs like Steve Dee (founding member of
the original X-Men), and EPMD’s DJ Scratch on Video Music Box watching classic
EPMD videos, he saved enough money to buy a pair of turntables and a mixer and the
rest, as they say, is history. At first he began to emulate his heroes on the wheels of
steel but quickly moved forward, developing a style all his own and gaining respect from
anyone who saw him spin. Coming out of a close-knit Brooklyn community, his skills on
the turntables earned him the reputation as the go-to DJ for all the community’s needs.
He manned the turntables for such groups as underground Hip-Hop legends Organized
Konfusion (Prince Poetry and Pharoahe Monch) and even worked with fellow Brooklyn
native Jay-Z during the birth of ROCAFELLA RECORDS, before both their careers
reached commercial success. In November of ’94, Total Eclipse entered his first DJ
battle live on the air on DJ Mayhem’s college radio show on WNYU in New York City,
taking first place. His victory caught the attention of X-Men (the original name of the
crew before obvious legal concerns) member Rob Swift. Rob Swift started to spar and
practice new routines with Total Eclipse on the turntables, showing him traditional DJ
methods like beat-juggling – something Total Eclipse is now known for. Through Rob, he
became acquainted with the other members of the X-Men, including Roc Raida and
Mista Sinista, and started practicing with them regularly. In 1996 it was Total Eclipse’s
mission to make the world feel his presence on the ones and twos. He entered
legendary record shop Beat Street Records’ DJ Battle, and took home the first place
bronzed Technics 1200 turntable prize. Dominating the DJ battle scene that year, he
went up against the best in the world, going after one of the most prestigious titles in the
DJ world, the International Turntablist Federation (ITF) World Championship battle. As a
heavy favorite going into this competition he didn’t disappoint, and etched his name in
DJ history as World Champion DJ. Through this outstanding achievement

Eclipse’s career defining moment came: X-Men leaders ROC RAIDA, MISTA SINISTA
and ROB SWIFT invited Total Eclipse to become an official member of the X-MEN. With
the high international demand of the all-star DJ collective shortly after Total Eclipse’s
induction, the X-Ecutioners’ show hit the road, visiting all 4 major continents as well as
the Caribbean.

As a member of the X-Ecutioners, Total Eclipse went from DJ to recording artist,
releasing the group’s independent success, X-Pressions in 1997. Taking his craft to the
next level, he and the group went on to sign a multi-album deal with Steve Rifkind’s
Loud Records imprint, releasing their major debut, the critically acclaimed “Built From
Scratch”. The eclectic album, all made by turntables and artist collaborations was a
major success earning the Hip Hop DJ icons commercial recognition. Now with their
mainstream appeal, the group appeared in numerous major tours like Eminem’s famed
Anger Management Tour and Linkin Park’s Project Revolution Tour. Today, Total Eclipse
continues to be one of the scene’s most sought after DJs. Whether it’s rocking a hot
party for corporate companies like Maxim, Nike, MTV and BET, or manning the
turntables and developing mind-blowing performances with hot talents like Miri Ben-Ari
(Universal Records), taking part and representing at annual events like THE
ROCKSTEADY ANNIVERSARY or ZULU NATION ANNIVERSARY IN NYC for true Hip
Hop heads, he continues to take his craft to the next level everyday by developing
amazing club sets and showcase routines. What separates TOTAL ECLIPSE from the
rest is his diverse style, able to rock any crowd anywhere as easily as he wins battles.

Catch Total Eclipse performing at the 2017 Pioneer DJ – DMC Toronto Regional DMC DJ Competition!