It was all a dream! Erik aka DJ Short-E is originally from Brooklyn New York, where he began to fall in love with the powers of music and television. At first, Michael Jackson & Madonna were his favorite childhood artists and inspirations. Since then, he has mixed at some of the HOTTEST spots in New York to Miami to Los Angeles to South Africa, while interviewing countless celebrities and stars along the way for his self produced TV show.

Interviewing Drake and his road manager.

At age 10, Short-E already showed signs of a future entertainer when he began to distribute self-made paper tickets to his lunch-time shows and performances in elementary school. At age 14 he picked up a love & passion for DJing when he heard Hot 97’s FunkMaster Flex mixing and scratching on-air. After begging his parents for months, he finally got his first set of turntables as a birthday gift and just like that, a DJ was born.  He would throw notorious house parties in his basement which created a buzz and gained him popularity in his High School and others. Soon after, in 1994 he was hired to DJ the home-coming dance. The rest as they say….is history!

From G.H.S. to U.S.F.

After graduating high school in 1996, Short-E took his movement to Tampa, FL. where he obtained his Bachelors degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida. He made a name for himself at first by mixing at the bars and clubs in the Ybor City circuit, but gradually took things to another level when he began to throw his own events and parties.

Evolving is what Short-E does best… in 2004 he launched Hot4eva Entertainment and “The Short-E Show”, a late-night TV program which aired on UPN44 at first. Celebrities would embrace and endorse his show when Short-E approached them for an interview during his club gigs or at a red carpet event. Short-E was known for throwing the best classy Hip Hop/R&B parties in Tampa Bay. He was the resident DJ and the driving force behind the success of legendary venues such as Rain Lounge, Club Skye, Headliners and Blue Martini.

In 2007, YouTube took notice of his celebrity filled videos and offered him a content partner deal which allowed The Short-E Show to grow at a much faster rate while reaching millions of people from around the globe. When it was all said and done, he accumulated over 110 million views and 250,000 subscribers which landed him the YouTube Silver Creator Award after 10 years of hard work and dedication!

YouTube Silver Creator Award

In 2010 Short-E’s popularity hit an all-time high after he hosted Diddy’s Super Bowl party at Dolce Nightclub in South Beach Miami. In 2011 the Tampa Bay Times published a full page articles about his success while highlighting his ambitions to become an aspiring mogul.

One of several articles written by the Tampa Bay Times.

Since then, Short-E has expanded his brand to the west coast in 2013 and made his presence felt in Los Angeles, where he went on to headline at the world famous Supper Club in Hollywood and made 2 special guest DJ appearances on Revolt TV.

World Famous Supper Club on Hollywood Blvd.

Revolt Studios in Hollywood, CA.

Most recently, in 2020 DJ Short-E has strategically invested to air his show every weekend on The CW channel in Miami and Las Vegas, the top 2 nightlife and party markets.

Last but not least, he is still touching up his debut album and upgrading an on-line network he founded, consisting of more than 100 websites which accumulated approximately 12 Million hits last year alone!


Rick Ross and DJ Short-E at the 2019 BET AWARDS.