It’s a good time to be a DJ in Omaha. There are scores of venues available (the Waiting Room, House of Loom and even restaurants/bars like Blue and Roja, just to name a few), and the competition is getting cutthroat. So who is Enso? Not just another DJ. His name is Derrick Calloway, and he was born to play music.
“I don’t know if there was a moment when I wasn’t into music," Calloway say. "I’ve been playing an instrument since I could walk. It’s my mother tongue, I suppose.”
Indeed Calloway has always had his finger on the music pulse, especially locally. He plays roughly two or three shows a month these days, a slight decrease due to turning his focus to producing.
“I’ve been making music from the very beginning,” he explains. “I started producing music in high school and began producing electronic music in college.”
Calloway has performed with some of his longtime friends, but these days, he flies solo, going by the moniker, Enso. He is currently working with producer, Jwreck, to release a couple of tracks and remixes on an LP.
While Enso remains unsigned, he is on the lookout for the right label.
“There are so many labels that I would love to work with, but to name a few: Mad Decent, BNR, Ultra, Mau5trap, Spinnin’ and Dim Mak.”
Calloway has done some guest Dj performances at local dance party favorite, GUNK, with other local artists, Kobrakyle, $pencelove and VJ Dinan.
“Those guys know how to throw one hell of a party,” Calloway says.
Next on his list is a move to San Francisco, where he hopes to further his DJ career. His farewell set will be Thursday, Aug. 25, at the House of Loom with another local act, Designer Drugs, a personal favorite of Calloway’s.
But no matter where his DJ career takes him, Calloway considers himself primarily a producer.
“Typically, a DJ begins dj-ing using turntables (vinyl or CDJs) and eventually tries his or her hand at producing music. I went about it backwards. I had been producing for years before I tried dj-ing. As my productions changed from rock to dance music, I began to gain interest in dj-ing,” he explains.
Most DJs these days focus on getting the word out through social media. By using Facebook, Twitter and blogs, Calloway is able to invite people to his shows and share his music with fans.
Enso can be found on ensomusic.com, twitter.com/ensoofficial, soundcloud.com/ensoofficial, facebook.com/ensoofficial.