The record producer has made hits for names like Snow, Salt-N-Pepa, New York Dolls, Marky Mark and KISS. But he's not done yet.
With a studio in Woodhaven (he owns the building that houses Neir's Tavern) and a label called Road Warrior Entertainment, Eng is still signing up new talent. And though he considers himself, “mainly a producer,” he still manages to play the drums and guitar when he can find the time.
Eng just recently produced an album for a U.K.-based band and is excited about his second project – an all girl pop band from Thailand called Venus Butterfly.
He headed out to Asia, where he spent 10 years, because the Hip Hop industry began to take a turn for the worse.
“Hip Hop had turned into 'gangsta' rap, and I didn't want to be involved in that,” he said.
This mixed with his curiosity to go back to his punk rock roots led him to Singapore, Thailand, and a few other countries across Asia.
“The taste in music there is so very similar to Western style acts, but it was a challenge because I had to learn the language and what they liked,” he said.
Eng was born in Manhattan but moved to Bayside as a teen where he got his start in music by becoming involved in punk rock playing guitar and the drums. “I was inspired by a lot of those groups, the Ramones, the New York Dolls, so I decided to start a recording studio in my parent's basement in Bayside,” he said.
When Eng returned to New York, he settled into Woodhaven after seeing that the building for Neir's Tavern was on sale. He is one of the owners of the tavern and lives in Flushing.
He finds that Queens has talent to spare. “There is so much talent in Queens, we have a 60-year-old dentist that comes to the tavern who owns 60 guitars and he is an incredible player.”
Though the music industry has changed during his tenure, he's not quitting. “We do it for the love,” he said. “It's for the passion, there are few people like us in the industry,” he said.