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How Artists Chose Their Names 6: 403DNB Edition


As the 403DNBBQ Weekender looms closer and closer, we at AYNiB are getting more and more stoked! Last year’s BBQ truly was one of the best parties of the year, and as a result there’s been a lot of hype for this year’s festivities. 403DNB is a rather large crew with a lot of crazy characters hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Their names are as eccentric and unusual as the guys behind them, so in anticipation of the party, we decided to get the stories straight from the source.

This is the 6th installment of this ongoing series. Be sure to check our previous ones!



DJ Proph

“I used to have a hip hop radio show on CJSW back in the day and I didn’t want to use my real name on air, so I called myself the Prophessor, as I felt I was teaching people about underground hip-hop. After the show ended and I got into DJing I never intended to keep the name but everyone kept calling me Proph for short, so I decided to stick with it, and 18 years later, it still stuck.”


DJ Obscene:

“When I started getting into the scene and throwing around the idea of starting to learn how to mix, I was always told by some of the established DJs that I knew, that a DJ should never name himself. With this in mind, I was always talking about this with my friends and throwing around ideas about what it could be. One night we were at a house party and I was going off on one of my loud and offensive/inappropriate rants, (anyone who knows me has probably heard one or thousand of these) and one of my friends piped up and said ” OBSCENE”. All my friends agreed unanimously that it suited me and they started calling me that. It stuck and from that night on, that’s what people have called me.”


Big Worm:

“My DJ name came from more of a nick name that followed me through high school rather than anything I’ve done in the DJ world… and no ladies it’s not what you think! Anyways its kind of a two part scenario. One, my last name is Wernham. So, its kind of like saying ‘whats up big guy’ but with my last name added to the mix. Two, I’m sure everybody’s seen the movie Friday (which the name truly comes from), and everybody knows the role Big Worm plays in that movie. Basically, those activities he took part in the movie are the same that got me through high school where I was able to buy my first set of Tech 1200s and the thousands of pieces of vinyl I still hold close to my heart today!”


Carbon Copy:

“Well, we used to go as Tone Deff, until we found a guy named Toned Deff in Calgary. I’d researched everywhere and didn’t find anyone with that name. A month in, someone messaged us that there was one in right in our own city. We knew we had to change the name. One night in the studio, we were talking about it and our friend was looking through the Thesauraus. We talked about how Adam and I were twins because of our party habits and musical tastes, and when our friend looked it up, Carbon Copy was what came up. We liked the ring of it, so we decided that was us.”


Strange Manner:

“Well it all started a few years ago. I had been going by the alias Dirty Curty, which was fun and worth a laugh, but it didn’t really reflect my musical style, or my personal hygiene to be honest. So, I knew it was time to come up with something a little more fitting. For myself, it was literally just a matter of intense brainstorming and zoning out until Strange Manner popped into my head. I had always thought myself to be a bit strange. The name seemed versatile musically, memorable, and as far as I could tell it was original. I decided to run with it and haven’t looked back since!”



“Mine is fairly self explanatory! My real name is Logan, and since I was having trouble picking a name when I first started seriously DJing I decided to just use a nickname. Big L was already taken, Logopogo was too long, so I settled on Logo.”



“The basic jist of my DJ name is rather simplistic. My given name is Nathan, and family and friends called me Nate forever. I guess it’s just easier to say. I grew lazy when signing my name as a teenager and would always sign N8. It’s simple and its me.”



“OpenEnd came from a few things. It was actually a scramble to find a name at the beginning. I was booked for my very first show and the promoter wanted a name to put on the poster. I’ve been a part of various music cultures and I’ve been ragged on for it. But, I believed no one could ever shut me down for what I love. I wanted something with a ‘no limits on what you can do’ kind of mentality. I saw ‘open ended’ which means ‘no fixed limits, unrestricted’. I decided to shorten it to OPENEND. The way I see it, there’s no dead ends to what you want to do in your life, just be yourself and have no boundaries, mind over matter!”


Jedi Cheek:

“Ever since I was a young lad I had a feeling I was strong with the force. During my apprenticeship, it was known that my Jedi skills involved getting people off their asses and making them move to serious bass music. After learning the skills to become a true Jedi Knight in the cheekiest way possible. The name JediCheek was given to me and I was sent on my way t0 tear up dance floors everywhere I go.”


Trouble Tiger:

“The name Trouble Tiger came from of an evening of pre-gaming for an Atlantic Connection show. Me and a couple friends were drinking Southern Comfort and watching a National Geographic documentary about leopards that were causing trouble somewhere in Africa, killing people and stuff. They called them trouble leopards, and I figured the idea of a tiger being trouble like that would be way more badass. And thus, Trouble Tiger.”




If you have a favourite DJ or Artist you would like featured on our next How DJs & Artists Choose Their Names then leave us a comment below! Or, if you are an DJ or Artist please contact us with your story.

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