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DJ Ayres

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Originally from Mississippi, DJ Ayres got his start in upstate New York spinning hip-hop on college radio and at parties. He is known for playing a wild range of music, from rap to house, bass, reggae, rock-n-roll and classics. On top of promoting and DJing at The Rub, Ayres rocks parties all over the US and releases a new best-selling mix CD every month.

Music has always been in Ayres’s blood. His grandfather composed classical music and conducted the Greenville Symphony Orchestra; and his uncle is a rock musician and producer. From these roots, Ayres Haxton, Jr. grew up in Mississippi on a diet of Delta blues, Miami Bass, alternative rock and gangster rap. In high school Ayres was already playing Native Tongues cassettes and booty music on the local R&B / Gospel station. He moved to upstate New York to attend Vassar College in 1994, picked up a radio slot and devoured all the indy hip-hop singles and mixtapes he could find. Ayres learned to mix and scratch in dorm rooms and live on the radio, began producing beats and djing in the local bar. Poughkeepsie was rich with talent at the time, including djs Mark Ronson, Paul Nice, DJ Ease, Darshan Jesrani (Metro Area) and Jamie Hodge (Plus 8). Our young hero absorbed these influences, developed his skills and picked up some extra scratch booking and promoting shows. Despite wasting most of his waking hours working on music, Ayres graduated and moved to Brooklyn in ‘98.

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