Every producer isn’t promised a long and fruitful career and success is hard to measure. Countless hours staring at a screen, often deleting entire beats or bringing it back to square one while feeling pressured by a time schedule. Its safe to say that at some point production separates the best from the average. Deaf has crossed that threshold and is on his way to becoming one of the most sought out producers in the underground. By the years end you will see his name and hear his sound everywhere, and from there there’s no telling where he will go. We reached out to Deaf to get a bit more information on his career, his opinions on the current state of the producer in the underground, and advice for those just starting out.
Who is Deaf?
Deaf is me. Cayenne. An artist. Sometimes I feel like a god.
How did you come up with that name?
I was in a group chat and Frank Lucra (another producer) was coming with ideas and I kept saying “what” and he said “are you deaf” then boom.
Where are you from originally and how old are you?
Im from Third Ward Houston, Texas and I’m a grown ass 20 year old.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
The people around me really, Rambo, Ugly, Lerado78, Ravi, just a few names to list.
What pushed you towards music production or helped you decide to pursue it?
I’ve been a musician all my life since 6. It was bound to be this way.
You haven’t been producing for very long. What motivates you so much that you have worked hard enough to progress as much as you have?
My mom and my siblings are the first reason for me pushing myself so hard. Seeing people I’m close with glo up and get these big placements, the recognition, etc. I want it all. I desire that shit.
What artists do you want to work with that you haven’t already?
I want to work with 808 mafia as far as collars go. I want stuff with Duwap, Lil Uzi, need a Drake song purely for the clout lol.
Do you have any unreleased music with any big artists? If so can you tell us a little bit about it?
I have shit with Kevin Pollari, Yachty, and I have one with Famous Dex. It’ll never get released probably so it’s no point smh. Black people I tell you.
Theres a bit of tension between rappers and producers over production credits and compensation. What are your thoughts and opinions on that?
I believe that if n***** tryna come up and be a rapper you need to pay producers for investing their time into YOUR craft. The same way we do everyday for them. Y’all rap about selling drugs and getting money blah blah buy a $30 beat n****.
What can we expect from you this year that you haven’t already announced?
That I’m about to blow up and do what I’ve been wanting which is make good music with my friends and smoke good gas.
On a good day about how many beats can you make?
10 beats on a good day but even 1 on a good day idk man.
Do you have any special remedies for getting out of beat block?
I’ll be completely honest. I’ve never had beat block before. I can’t relate to that issue so I can’t suggest anything.
What advice would you give to a producer just starting out?
To any new producer looking to make a name for themselves: stay who you are, be open to others ideas and borrow them as your own. Don’t type links under people tweets, don’t be annoying, and don’t dick ride rappers to get in contact. If you just want money you gone fail so quit. Manage your time wisely also. La
Anything else you want to let our readers know?
Last thing I want everyone to know is hard work does pay off I promise.