Eloy Garcia – DJ, video editor and co-host of the industry web series, The Video Report.
What do you love most about being of Hispanic Heritage?
It’s a great pleasure to be part of a long line of a generation of people that struggled to build what became the New World from the Caribbean to South and North America. A lot of people forget that us Hispanic people went through a lot in that time. And it’s always good to remember where you came from and to acknowledge that if you can.
And, as a Puerto Rican, even though yes we’re part of the United States, we still manage to maintain our individuality and keep our culture strong. We work to teach the younger generations about who we are. And even though there have been atrocities in our history, we’ve learned from it and pushed the next generations to achieve more. And when you look at Puerto Rico specifically, the proof is there. From a stronger economy to technological advancements, the evidence is there that we’ve progressed compared to the past.
Tell us an important Hispanic History Fact:
Roberto Clemente was the first Hispanic to win the World Series as a starter. But during the off season he was involved in charity work. The most notable instance was his work to provide relief to earthquake victims of Nicaragua in 1973.
Who or what inspires you most?
My paternal grandmother, Emma Garcia, inspires me because she decided to leave Puerto Rico during a very interesting time of history. When she left during the 1950s, she was one of the few Puerto Ricans who migrated to the continental United States. Like so many others, she moved to New York City in hopes of a better life. She grew up on a farm and she took a big chance like that to move to the US. With her existing skill set, she was able to become a master seamstress at various factories in the New York metro area. Since my grandmother was willing to take a risk like that in the hopes of a better life it makes me understand where I come from and why I too should aspire for more as her grandson.
Of course, she’s not the only person who inspires me! My grandfather Eloy Garcia II and my maternal grandmother Gail Martinez also inspire me. All of them took similar risks to aspire for more from an island who’s agricultural industry during that time was deeply effected by adverse government regulations.
Something that you’ve never said publicly but want to reveal to DangerousLee.Biz:
I’m kind of an open book! So, there isn’t much that isn’t known about me!
Where have we seen you before?
I co-host a web series, Video Report which airs throughout the month and discusses new technologies and methods for video DJs. People can access this through our Facebook page as well as on our parent site, RemixReport.com. If I’m not there, people can catch me spinning out in NYC, Boston and the West Coast.
Where can we find you online?