If you think about a person who deejay’s, you would think that person would have to hear the music clearly in order to do their job effectively. I’m talking about a real DJ, not someone who puts on a playlist and hits play. The song, the beats, the transitions, all of these have to flow in such a way that the partygoer can’t stop rocking to the sounds coming out of the speaker. Well, DJ Hear No Evil can do all of this without hearing 100 percent. Learn how he is able to do this below.
Were you born deaf or did you become deaf at a certain age?
I was born hearing but I lost my hearing at the age of three. I was exposed to loud music as a young child and was also sick. I called myself hard of hearing where I can speak and hear at some point but I can also feel, and play music like the rest of them…like the BEST of them. At a very young age, I had to learn how to acclimate to the hearing world and I’m still learning today.
Can you explain your unique talent given your disability?
There are literally thousands upon thousands of DJs who share the same dream as me. However, it’s rare to see a young black deaf DJ like me who can actually spin on Technics 1200 who essentially is unable to hear in one ear and able to hear in the other but not 100%. That shows people that there is no excuse if you have one arm or blind, you have the ability to do anything. It’s always good to stay humble and let my hands speak for themselves where I can tell my story. I have to break the barriers with the right mindset.
How has being deaf influenced your deejaying?
Being a deaf DJ makes me more humble and enthusiastic to strive to be one of the greatest as I learn more about deejaying and the music game. I can improve my skills and create my own niche that would pull more attention. In addition, it helps me to be a better person, where I can impact other DJs to do better at their craft.
How has music inspired you?
As a youngster, I went downstairs to the dining room where my father, Antonio Leo Abraham aka DJ LA, left his turntable Technic 1200, on the table. It was already hooked up. I think he went out to DJ an event and my mom was upstairs watching TV. I played the music and tried to scratch but it sounded horrible. That’s when my mom came downstairs to turn it off without hesitation. I tried to give her a reputable reason why I did this but she wasn’t hearing it. I started to pay attention more to the Hip-Hop culture when I touched on those wheels (Turntables) at the age of 13. My pops taught me to understand the importance of becoming a Disc Jockey and being one of the greatest. Every time I go to parties he deejayed, I would watch him…watch how he rocked the party. That’s how I learned from him. I also watched videos of different deejays with different styles. I go to different parties. I go out and network. That’s how I learn and then I go back home and make it into my style. My pops and my best friend, Christopher Alexander Rucker-Ridley who was a Mount Vernon police officer, inspired me to become a DJ. Chris and I be