DjAYEboogie, also referred to as AYE by friends, is what some may considered a late bloomer. AYE adopted the name from his older brother who affectionately called him “A boogie” in reference to the film “Paid In Full”. Born Aaron E. Nearn, DjAYEboogie was initially introduced to music at a young age through the church. At the age of 11 he began teaching himself how to play the drums learning the basics of keeping time and maintaining the beat. Soon after his interest in music began to grow past the gospel songs and traditional hymns learned during Sunday services. As a developing teen, AYE began to familiarize himself with current hip-hop and r&b artists of his generation. Hosting a number of “basement house parties” AYE was charged with the responsibility of creating playlists that could keep the crowds moving. The introduction of crowd control matched with early knowledge of time keeping began to blossom ideas of becoming a DJ. Looking at the pioneer’s of the culture Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Grandwizard Theodore, AYE learned early that there is a difference between a “DJ” and a “record player”. Spending countless hours watching documentaries and YouTube clips on everything from how to properly set up turntables to wiring a professional sound system DjAYEboogie slowly transitioned into the new role. Having an older sibling with an extensive knowledge in classic hip hop AYE was often challenged with random music questions all ending in the same response, “you don’t know this ??? How can you call yourself a DJ?”
The idea of becoming a DJ was later confirmed with AYE’s membership of Philadelphia streetwear brand Abstract Thought. Here he was given his first set of belt drive turntables, which were previously used for vintage decoration in the brands showroom. With two turntables older then him and the cheapest DJ mixer on the market AYE set out to teach himself the skill. More so with the brand hosting events ranging from private look parties to large anniversary events his presence in the nightlife began to take form. In an effort to establish himself in the competitive culture AYE decided to take a risk and produce his first mixtape. As a result of a recent trip to Atlanta, Georgia he developed the idea of producing an all Down South hip-hop music mixtape and releasing it in Philadelphia. The vision was to help filter club music up north and reduce the gap that can sometimes be created as a result of mainstream radio. With the success of this project AYE grew the respect of his peers thus creating multiple opportunities for him to expand.
Today DjAYEboogie has been allotted the privilege to provide sounds for a number of Philadelphia clubs, social lounges and bars. Over time he has had the opportunity to host and produce some of Philadelphia’s aspiring artists mixtape projects. In addition to hosting mixtapes, AYE has also served as the official DJ for Beano the Gentlemen and Chase Allen, where he was granted the opportunity to open up in concert for some of the industries notable recording artists. Most recently AYE was added to Internet radio via StarlineRadio.com “The Marque” where he shares a time slot with co-hosts every Thursday evening to showcase his talent and ability. Overall DjAYEboogie is a true testament to the notion that tenure does not dictate nor measure talent/ability; with that vision he charged himself with the responsibility of climbing the ladder of success at a rate much greater then perceived expectation.