Thursday, April 26
The C.M.E began his path in music at a young age. By the time he was 3, he would take his mother’s vinyl records and spend an extensive amount of time listening to music and looking at the album art, memorizing the artist, and the songs. Over the years, His knowledge for music grew and he became a student of sound embracing soul, R&B, rock, pop, jazz, gospel and, of course, hip-hop. His interest followed him throughout his life, growing more powerful until it seamlessly became his passion.
Since he became a DJ, THE C.M.E has co-founded The Slapnasties (a premiere hip-hop & event planning collective) and THE C.M.E Agency. He has served as resident to some of the most prestigious parties such as: Good Muzik, D1ME, Brown Sugar, and the legendary Pacific Standard Time with DJ Sake1.
In addition to the parties he has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with legendary music acts including Robert Glasper, Diplo, The Roots, Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambrosius, Talib Kweli, Wale, Mos Def, Keri Hilson, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Mark de Clive Lowe, Rich Medina, Cody Chessnut, Ryan Leslie, Ying Yang Twins, Bilal, Biz Markie, Dwele, E-40, Kurtis Blow, J*Davey, Foreign Exchange, Sa-Ra Creative and numerous of others.
Currently THE C.M.E can be found mixing live on air at alldayplay.fm and championing the decks at various nightclubs during the week.
Spinning under the pseudonym of DJ Chale Brown, Tommy Aguilar is the force behind Universal Grammar, a boutique production house focusing on future soul, jazz and R&B. The San Jose outfit presents quality artistry from emerging contemporary voices. An ambassador for modern cultural creativity, UG's curated offerings reveal a devotion to authentic artistry that both challenges modern convention and respects its given craft.
The visionary company has brought many breaking artists to Silicon Valley, including Robert Glasper, Thundercat, José James, Ali Sheheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), Hiatus Kaiyote and Flying Lotus. In his role as ringleader of Universal Grammar, DJ Chale currently produces The Changing Same, a weekly residency of DJs and live performance each Thursday at San Jose’s Continental Bar & Grill.