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Jeff Neckonoff bought his first Technic 1200 turntables back when he was in Canarsie High School, and started doing parties throughout his high school & college years. While at Baruch College, after studying marketing, sales, accounting & finance by day, he was concurrently teaching himself how to beat mix disco, dance music, freestyle & house music by night. In 1987, during his senior year, he landed the much coveted position of resident DJ at one of Long Island's hottest nightclubs, called Jamz (also known as Fokkus), in West Hempstead.
He then began DJ'ing regularly in clubs from NYC to Long Island until 1996 (when his daughter was born), mixing two-three nights a week till 4am classic disco, freestyle, funk, old-skool hip hop and house music. His other main clubs were the L.I. Exchange, the Savoy and Polyesters. He did shorter stints at Coco's, Buttles, Zachary's, Metro 700, Uncle Sam's and Cafe Society.
Also in 1987, he started working for the most successful DJ Company in the United States, EJM Entertainment. EJM did an average of 35 parties a weekend, utilizing 10 DJ crews. Besides doing the majority of all Bar & Bat Mitzvahs from Manhattan to the Hamptons, EJM was consistently sending crews to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, California, Texas, Philly, Boston & Chicago. EJM was simply the biggest & best entertainment company, dealing with everyone from NY middle class to extremely wealthy clients throughout the country.
Check out these CLASSIC DJ pictures from the late 80s and early 90s, when Jeff was first toning his mobile DJ skills.... Please no comments on the hairstyle:-)
It was during this time that Jeff mastered the art of managing an event, running a party and creating the exact atmosphere the clients & their guests desired. "Every party we did was a home run", he says. "With no exaggeration, most of the kids at the Bar/Bat Mitzvahs used to beg us for autographs at every party. It was surreal". Jeff refers to his EJM days as "DJ University", as the training he received there was second to none, and can never be duplicated again.
In 1993, he left EJM to create his own company called Classic Entertainment, which later expanded to include NY Event Connection. Classic was the DJ company. NY Event was a multi-faceted special events planning company, predominantly doing Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, Extravagant 40th & 50th birthdays and high-end corporate functions. He organized entire events from soup to nuts, including all their music, extra entertainment, staging & lighting.
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