DJ Cleeve was born and raised in New York City. He first became interested in deejaying at the age of 10 after seeing Grandmaster Flash at Fresh Fest. He would also be inspired by DJ Premier, Afrika Bambaataa, and Kool Herc. DJ Cleeve got his first pair of turntables at the age of 13 and immediately began working on perfecting his skills. His hard work eventually paid off when he landed a spot at New York City’s premier nightclub Webster Hall in the late 1990s spinning hip-hop, reggae, and R&B. He spun there every Thursday and Saturday night for 2 years straight before eventually leaving to move out of state. DJ Cleeve is now back in the New York City area and can still be heard spinning at private parties and events.