I'm most proud of being able to, to set my mind to do something
because from very young, I decided I wanted to get involved
in entertainment and music and I didn't let anything stop
Let's begin the way we do with everyone.
If you can give me your name and your uh nationality.
My name is Eric, but professionally known as DJ EFN and I'm
So where, where were you born?
Los Angeles, California.
What, what can you tell me about your childhood?
Um, it's a little hazy because my parents got separated at
They were always on and off.
So I remember parts just because we were moving around so much
So I remember at one point living in Anaheim, California in
a nice home then moving to an apartment with my mother in South
Gate or Huntington Park and people who know Los Angeles know
those are, you know, more of the urban areas.
So, I mean, it's a little hazy but for the most part, what I good
memories I have is just the family, I had a family out there
I had grandparents, great grandparents on my father's side
my uh my mother's parents, her father had passed away by the
time I was born, but my grandma was still alive on her end.
So the grandparents were very strong foundation for me.
So because of them, I do have positive memories but it's mostly
surrounded around them.
You know, not around necessarily what was going on with my
parents because it was just, just tumultuous, you know.
And not a lot of, not a lot of Cubans out in that area.
Do you remember being around other Cuban families or the Cuban
I remember being around a lot of Cubans.
Um I don't know if this was done strategically by the Cubans
out there, but it felt like it was now that I think about it.
They had these social clubs, a network of them throughout
California from what I from what I remember and they uh all
the Cuban families would go there and they had stuff for the
So after school, we would go to this place and they had a puppet
shows for the kids or, you know, play time for the kids and for
the teenagers, they had like beauty, beauty pageants and
they had a bar there for the older people, they would play Dominos
and I just remember going there constantly and then each social
club would meet and have like pageants versus each other or
different sporting events.
And I think they did this on purpose to intermingle the Cubans
So they would stay together and kind of like intermarry each
So it was sort of a way of preserving the culture, you know.
And how did you sort of self identify growing up?
Um I self identified if, if you're speaking in regards to being
Cuban Cuban American, um There was no, no doubt in my mind as
I grew up that I was Cuban American.
You know, I've, I've told this to people in the past, I feel
that we grew up in America as Cubans as Cuban Americans, that
we almost feel like we grew up on the island.
That's how much the culture is in our home with the cooking
with the, with with the, I mean, you just hear constantly
about the island about pre Castro, post Castro the the politics
and you just grow up thinking and believing like you have a
memory of this island that you were never, you know, never
You know, you never grew up and never was never set foot on that
So I was very identified with my Cuban side.