Darrin Swafford aka Deleswa, the founder and CEO of Deleswa Productions in 2010, is a multi-talented music producer from Ohio who specializes in diverse hip hop beats and melodic instrumentals. His musical talents range from mixing and mastering to being self-taught on the piano, drums, and bass guitar. His style and inspiration were influenced by years of listening to various types of music and experiencing cultures from around the world during his life and travels. Deleswa currently makes his music productions available for licensing to singers, rappers, poets, spoken-word-lyricists, and dancers. Also, since becoming a member of ASCAP, he has aspirations of not only supporting the artists community, but to also get music placements for commercial television and film production.
Stepping back into the 80's, Darrin started his musical journey as a young teen, making pause mixtapes for friends in his neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. This hobby quickly evolved into a passion by the age of 15, when he decided to link up with a friend known as DJ Shiek to become a Street DJ. After graduating from High School and enlisting in the military, Darrin had the opportunity to join forces with New York based DJ crews "Top Secret Productions" and later "Trak II Productions" as Scratch Master "D", spinning vinyl in nightclubs during his time in Korea. This was a challenge at first given Darrin's prominent exposure and inspiration for oldschool hip hop such as Mantronix, Doug E Fresh, The Fat Boys, Dana Dane, Roxanne Shante, and many others. This was because of the need to play more of a variety to include RnB, Pop, and House music relevant during that time within the club scene. Afterwards, Darrin decided to switch it up to pursue his passion of becoming a well respected music producer, starting out with only a Tascam 4-Track Cassette Recorder, a Yamaha X3500 keyboard, and later a Alesis SR-16 Drum Machine and Korg N264 keyboard workstation. Little did he know this was the beginning of what would later become known as Deleswa Productions. Additionally, during the span of time from 1992, when Darrin recommitted his life to Jesus Christ till 2016; he volunteered a significant amount of time toward worship services, including music workshops and concerts, all while serving as the lead Bassist for 2 churches in Korea, 3 churches in the United States of America, and 1 church in Italy.
Currently, Deleswa balances his music career with his pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, which is a challenge, but anything is possible when determination and dedication are the pillars of that pursuit. Music-wise, he produces and drops new beats on a regular basis to continue building his sound library, while striving to improve and learn new techniques to help evolve his musical sound and style. This includes occasional collaboration with other artists and producers to help keep the interest of music alive across social networks, while building strong relationships with others who share a common interest and love for music.
If you are interested in learning more about Deleswa, we invite you to connect with and follow him via the social networks he is a part of. Thank you for your time and interest in Deleswa Productions here at Shaolin Beatz and hope that you will be back to visit us very soon.
God Bless and much success to you.