Raised by a Father and Mother who were a musician & abstract painter, respectively,
Eric Welton AKA Emmaculate was groomed for the arts. As a child he dug into his parents’ and
older brother’s record collection spanning from The Beatles & James Taylor to Run D.M.C. &
The Fat Boys. Growing up on the outskirts of Chicago, he was exposed to the sounds of House
Music in the late 80’s as a young teenager.
In 1990, Eric started collecting House & Hip Hop records and learning how to blend.
One of his close friends had an older cousin who was a DJ with an extensive record collection,
but was incarcerated. Eric’s friend brought this collection over to his house, which turned out to
be a treasure chest of 80’s House Music. The obsession began. Eric’s mixtapes quickly caught
the ear of some older guys in the area. They took him in under their wings, taught him much
more about the music & culture, took him to legendary record stores Importes Etc &
Gramaphone, & introduced him to a professional recording studio. This all led to Eric starting to
DJ basement & house parties as a teenager, some thrown by a budding young promoter, Julius
the Mad Thinker (co-founder of Mi Casa Holiday).
Eric was nicknamed Emmaculate as a play on words because of his immaculate
attention to detail & quality. He developed his DJ’ing & production skills in House Music & Hip
Hop, and became one of the go to producers and sound engineers in Chicago. He spent many
years working as a producer and mix engineer for many top Urban Music artists in the US, as
well as DJ’d countless events. Over the years, Emmaculate forged relationships with some of
the Chicago legends of House Music, giving him an invaluable education and mentorship.
2017 marked the year that Emmaculate began releasing music as an artist himself. His
break out single, “Do It” ft. vocalist Kaye Fox, was released on Terry Hunter’s T’s Box Records
and reached the top 10 Soulful House chart on Traxsource. Since then he has released several
singles, remixes & an EP on T’s Box, Dopewax, United Music, Soulstice Music & S&S Records.
For 2019, Emmaculate has an EP release slated with Osunlade’s Yoruba Records & a number of
releases on T’s Box, which he now manages operations for.
In 2017-2019, Emmaculate played lived sets at Mi Casa Holiday in Mexico, Amsterdam
Dance Event with Chosen Few DJ’s & T’s Box, and SXSW with Jazzy Jeff, Terry Hunter & Wayne
Williams. He played at the legendary Chosen Few DJ’s Picnic & Festival (Chicago) in summer
2019, & is scheduled to return to Mi Casa Holiday & ADE in October. Emmaculate is currently
available for international bookings.