Today we’d like to introduce you to Dejavious Sheats.
Dejavious, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a producer, most know me as Snoop and I’ve always been drawn to music; it has played a large role in my life. Growing up, there was never a day that I didn’t hear new music being made; my bedroom happened to be right above the studio downstairs. Every day and night before school, I’d hear producers and engineers and artist, such as OutKast/ Goodie Mob and others working on new sounds and that inspired me. However, it wasn’t until middle school that I began learning how to use the equipment to make my own beats. Fast forward to one day in 7th grade, my cousin MacNel and I made our first song titled “All We do is Party” and from then on, I knew music would always be a constant factor in my life. That moment solidified that my life passion is to create music. Not only have these experiences influenced and motivated me, it’s even pushed those around me to further their own craft. My cousin Macnel is now an artist and we’ve been collaborating and pushing each other in music since we were kids.
I have to say that my journey here hasn’t always been easy. There were moments where I wasn’t constant with my craft and there were times, I stopped making beats for a long period because I was discouraged and doubted myself. Fast forward to 2014 and that’s when I decided to move back to Atlanta from Georgia Southern. I began taking my craft seriously. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances and just like being hard in general, I had to sell my computer in 2015 just to be able to make it day by day.
As an aspiring producer during that time, I have to admit that this was one of the most discouraging moments for me. Overtime, this bothered me more because I couldn’t make beats or even be considered a real producer. Finally, in 2017, I made the decision to purchase a new computer for my birthday. Shortly after, I decided to quit my job, so that I could consistently make beats on a daily basis. This was one of the most impactful decisions I’ve made that has brought me to where I am today. I’ve been able to work with artists such as Lucci, Tyga, Don Toliver and more. I can now say that I’m a full time producer newly signed to Neutral Records under OG Parker, whose worked with talents such as Chris Brown, Drake, and Migos.
Has it been a smooth road?
My journey hasn’t been smooth, but it has been more than worth it. All of the struggles and restless nights have molded me into the producer that I am today. The biggest struggle I had to overcome was being without a computer for two years, between 2015 and 2017. Without a computer, I couldn’t make beats. I couldn’t tell people “I’m a producer” but not have anything to show for it. Personally, I didn’t feel like a legitimate producer anymore. If I could go back in time, I would have never sold my computer. Regardless, this only motivated me to go harder for what I wanted. The challenges I went through only taught me more about myself and helped me to improve the skills I already possessed.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Signing to Neutral Records as a producer under OG Parker, classifies as one of my proudest moments. I’m proud to be able to produce alongside my friends from childhood. The support that we show and have for each other is unmatched. I’ve been blessed enough to work along side many talents and this alone has motivated me to do better as well as expand my sound. As of now my most noticeable work would be “History” From YFN Lucci’s most recent Tape “History” as it is definitely a fan favorite from the tape!Apart from others, I believe that I naturally have a “good ear” for music. I’ve taught myself new chords by ear and constantly practicing. As a producer, a “good ear” makes it easier to find new sounds and better flows. I can hear what others can’t.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In 5-10 years, I see myself becoming one of the top producers and executive producers in the industry. Within this span of time, I intend to have songs with a variety of artists of different genres. I know that my drive and eye for good talent will take me far in my career.
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