Franklin Digber (born July 24th, 1992) known professionally as Eff The DJ, is a multi-purpose event and radio DJ, podcaster, and record producer based in Accra, Ghana.
Aside DJ'ing, he runs the 'What's The Word' podcast (June 2019 - Present) He is also the other half of the DJ duo, #IFKR with long-time DJ partner and friend, DJ K3V (RIP). They released their joint project - U Hxve Nx Idxv (read as You Have No Idea) in the summer of 2018 which features top Ghanaian and Nigerian acts such as Kula, Teephlow, Adomaa, Kirani AYAT, Odunsi (The Engine) etc.
Eff The DJ was born on July 24, 1992 in Kumasi, Ghana, to parents, Francis and Lilian Digber. His father was an engineer and his mother, a businesswoman.
Eff had been into music since childhood, with an early obsession with the 'King of Pop' - Michael Jackson. Not so surprisingly, he got into dance while in Junior High (University Basic School, Legon) and Senior High School (Ghana Christian International High School).
It wasn't until the tertiary education stage, pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Ashesi University College that Eff The DJ got into DJ'ing. He attended a party on campus where he heard and watched DJ K3V play, and casually asked to be taught, out of sheer curiosity and being intrigued. After some practice sessions and getting the hang of DJ'ing, Eff The DJ (then DJ Eff) DJ'ed for the first time at another campus party. The duo went on to shut down various campus parties and started venturing to other campuses such as the University of Ghana and KNUST for other campus parties. Since then, he's been on an upward trajectory.
Early inspirations were heavy hip-hop and R&B that Eff listened to while growing up, making that his favorite genre of music to DJ. However, growing up in Accra, Ghana, there's no running from Afrobeats, as its the dominant genre in the country. Around the time he started DJ'ing, he listened to a lot of EDM and House Music mostly inspired by Skrillex and Diplo, which explains his love for that genre. Other DJs that influenced Eff's playing style aside DJ K3V are Kobby Graham and DJ BBrave of AkwaabaMusic.
In 2016, Eff The DJ and DJ K3V teamed up to birth #IFKR - A DJ duo that combines EDM and afrobeats sounds for DJ sets and would later go on to release an EP. This was produced by sourcing beats from their list of able producers and moulding them to fit the particular style they wanted, and then bringing the featured artistes into the same mind frame to complete the songs.
The artistes features (then) rising stars and producers from Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa such as Odunsi (The Engine) (NG), Le Prezident (SA) and Khalid (GH). Featured artistes include TeePhlow (GH), Akotowaa (GH), Zepora Dickson (GH) and $pacely (GH). The first single released off the project was Omi Gbono ft Odunsi (The Engine), followed by Do What You Want ft Adomaa. The project was finally released on August 1st 2018, under Foreign XChange Productions.
The EP-themed concert; FOE (Freedom Of Expression) Concert was held in November 2018, at Serallio, Accra. The concert featured artistes on the project performing their songs on the album and their hit singles as well as DJs closely affiliated with #IFKR, such as DJ Mingle, DJ JamJam, Kuvie and DJ BigStan (on behalf of $pacely). The Remix for Bie Mu was released in June 2020, featuring Ghanaian super producer and recording artiste Magnom, CJ Biggerman, and Supa Gaeta.
Millennial-focused YouTube quiz game show, Off The Top, created by previous classmate, Joseph Nti would use #IFKR's Lie B3n ft Kirani Ayat as the theme song for the premiere of its 3rd season, which kicked off in September 2018.
Eff The DJ has gone on to play at various top venues in the city. He held a regular rotation at Republic Bar & Grill (2012-2014), Coco Lounge (2015), Carbon ALT (hosted at now-defunct Carbon Nightclub Terrace) (2019), Urban Sundays (hosted at now-defunct Urban Grill)(2019-2020), Soul Food Sundays (Vine Lounge) (2019-2020), and Alley Bar (2019-2020).
During the COVID-19 lockdown period of 2020, Eff The DJ hosted a series of Instagram Live sets dubbed A Celebration of Hits, which featured playing back-to-back hits from select artistes. Some of these artistes were Shatta Wale, Samini, Wizkid, Vybz Kartel, Beyoncé, and Rihanna.
In 2021, the talent of Eff The DJ crossed borders. He was reached to curate mixes for international platforms. Some of these are NoSignal Radio (UK) via HarmattanRain, Rinse France (FR) via LaSunday Abidjan, Cashmere Radio (GER), and Seoul Community Radio (ROK). Eff The DJ also made appearances on GhOne TV for The Weekend Bash with Sheldon The TurnUp and DJ Xpliph and YFM's Weekend Rush and Inifinity Jam.
After these media appearances, it wasn't long before Eff The DJ was recruited by Guide Radio in June 2021 as a DJ and co-host for the sex & relationships themed show; 'Simmer Down' hosted by Ami Shikah. Oroko Radio - an international radio platform also recruited Eff, where he hosts his monthly radio show, BP-Eff.
Eff The DJ is currently on regular rotation at Front/Back during the weekends. Eff is also frequent at one of Accra's most popular bars, Alley Bar, which has hosted him to play various playlist parties (powered by HarmattanRain). Eff The DJ has also played at a number of Front/Back's Amapiano & Brunch, parties which has hosted various Amapiano DJs and artistes from South Africa, such as Scorpion Kings (DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small), Uncle Waffles, Focalistic, Heavy K, Musa Keys , Tyler ICU, Mas Musiq and TxC. He is also the resident DJ for music discovery and culture agency, HarmattanRain. Aside these, its very regular to spot Eff The DJ dropping sets at top spots in the city, such as Sandbox Beach Club, Luna Bar, SOHO Night Club, Bloom Bar, The Woods, Honseysuckle (Osu, East Legon), MOOD Bar, Hermanos Jungle, Freedom Skatepark etc.
The success of Eff The DJ's career is decorated with high-profile events he's performed at. Some of these are;
AfroFuture (2019, 2020, 2021)
Manifestivities (2018, 2019, 2022)
Jerk x Jollof Accra (2022)
Hype Fest AfroFuture Afterparty (2022)
Front/Back NYE (2022)
Amapiano & Brunch (2021: Jun, Aug, Sept, Oct, Dec) | 2022: Nov
Junkfest Accra (2020, 2021, 2022)
Afrobeats & Brunch (2022)
Jameson Connects (2022)
Taste Tales Night Market (2019, 2021)
2AM In Front Back (2022; Oct, Aug)
Rosé Sundays Brunch (2022: Sept)
Sunset Brunch (2022: Aug)
Untamed Sundays (2022; May, June)
Red Light District (2021)
Brunch In Marrakech (2021)
Deep In The City (2021)
The Dikini Party (2021)
Tidal Rave Festival (2019)
La Sunday Abidjan (2019)
The Jollof Festival (2018, 2019)
Chale Wote Street Art Festival (2017, 2018)
Whats Ya Flava Day Party (2019, 2020)
Over the years, Eff The DJ has performed alongside high profile local and international DJs and artistes such as Sarkodie (GH), Wizkid (NG), Kojo Antwi (GH),Tiwa Savage (NG), Burna Boy (NG), Wande Coal (NG), R2Bees (GH) Adekunle Gold (NG), Ayra Starr (NG), Gyakie (GH), Efya (GH), Simi (NG), Kwesi Arthur (GH), Amaarae (GH), Medikal (GH), Juls (UK), Distruction Boyz (SA), Focalistic (SA), Heavy K (SA), Musa Keys (SA), DJ Maphorisa (SA), Kabza De Small (SA), Black Sherif (GH), AD DJ (GH), DJ Pizaro (GH), DJ Slybeatz (GH), , DJ P Montana (UK), Manny Norte (UK), DJ Mic Smith (GH), DJ Vyrusky (GH), Nana Kwabena (US), DJ Neptizzle (UK), iPhxne DJ (GH), Jeune Lio (CIV), , DJ Arafat (CIV), Sensei Lo (NG), TMSKD DJ (GH), Soul Nativez (SA), The Cavemen (NG), Lucky Daye (USA), DJ Moma (USA), Jae Murphy (USA), DJ Tunez (NG) and many more.