Cross-genre, creative and VERSATILE rap/pop writer & vocalist. Formerly signed artist who's not a stranger to writing dope songs that have been featured nationally and streamed well (over 2 mil on Spotify). I'm really easy to work with because I want you to win and enjoy the process. Let's work!
Hey! First off, if you made it to my page, I appreciate your time. I'm hoping we can work on something dope together! I'm Deraj, an Orlando based, hiphop artist & writer. Formerly signed to a Nashville based label but decided to go indie! I've performed and toured nationally and internationally with music placements featured on outlets such as Ball In The Family, NBC’s America’s Got Talent, footwear retailer Journeys, as well as major sporting events including NCAA, NBA Finals, NFL and ESPN’s First Take. I’ve also had my music distributed through E-One and Empire Distribution.
Although my first love is hiphop, I've been able to grow my writing and vocal ability in a facets of different genres. I'm able to sing (not a trained singer but I can hold a little note with some auto-tune help haha) pop hooks and write other genre specific topline melody's and lyrics. I'll always be honest if I feel I’m unable to take on a style or I’ll bring in the right team to help execute your vision at high quality.
All the song parts you hear in my sampler (to the right) were fully written by me (melody + lyrics). I’m your guy if you need some positive/fun/energetic hiphop, but I can also ghostwrite and swag out with more modern mainstream music for your song (no vulgar content though). All features are uncredited unless otherwise negotiated.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
19 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Deraj
Great ear and a real feeling for good melody.
Creative and fresh musical ideas. Professional. Look forward to working together again !
Jared is an unquestionable pro! Superstar and a beautiful Soul.
I loved working with him. And would love to work more. Not only is he super talented and creative, but he is also extremely diligent, highly organized and self motivated. He can balance so well between these two important traits, that every songwriter, artist or musician needs. I cant wait to work on our next project together, because he is a great inspiration and support to me.
Deraj is a super versatile hip hop writer and artist incredible voice with real taste in melodies and rhythm. His lyrics are relatable and support his flow in a perfect way. Def recommend.
Deraj is incredibly creative, thinks differently, sounds unique, and is a visionary. I’m continually inspired by what he pulls together.
Deraj is an amazing songwriter. Worked on an EP with him a few years back. Great ear! Super fresh. Easy to work with in the creative process. He understand and sees the final picture and works through whatever it takes to get there. Definitely a huge asset for anyone making new music!
Deraj is a very talented guy. As a producer, working with somebody who is just as meticulous as I am makes for a great finished product. He is very skilled and crafty lyrically and vocally. Working and collaborating with him from a different state is no issue either since he is able to record quality tracks and deliver them as needed. Very professional with communication and respects deadlines. What else can I say, he is a hard working and talented individual and I look forward to working on many more projects with him.
I've worked with Deraj for years, and he is an incredible artist. Creative in MANY ways, and his work ethic is unlike any other. Also, he's extremely organized which can help greatly in the creative process. Lastly, he's good at communicating when it comes to creating. All parties will benefit working with him!
Working with Deraj on several occasions has been more than a joy but also extremely enlightening!
You see, there’s a place where creativity and work ethic meet. It's not surprising that Deraj calls that place home - bringing tons of value and a holistic approach to executing. I’d say if you’re looking to have the best of both worlds (creative and functional development), he's your guy!
This guy is a very talented songwriter and artist! Deraj has great work ethic and takes his craft seriously. I highly recommend working with him.
One of the most eclectic and versatile artist I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. Following him since 2011 and I have to say he is just scratching the surface when it comes to his artistry. Looking forward to listening to his upcoming projects and always have his older projects in rotation. Seldom have I come across someone that can pen the very human experience like he has.
Deraj is a phenomenal talent. We have worked on projects in the past and I must say some of the most enjoyable times I have had working on music and the product speaks for it’s self. He will be a valuable asset to any project he is a part of.
I've worked with Deraj a LOT over the past several years. Aside from his natural talent, creative vision is definitely one of his greatest strengths. Deraj loves to think outside the box and explore new ideas. He continues to push himself to new levels as a writer and vocalist, taking on a wide variety of different genres and styles. He's also very detailed and organized, and does really well at researching and referencing.
Deraj also is great to work with on a personal level; he communicates well and keeps the collaborative process fun and low-stress!
Deraj is an amazing talent. We’ve worked together on several different projects. Some were specifically for him and others were sync focused. I’m always impressed by his versatility and patience in the studio. I come from a pop production background where the vocal has to be PERFECT so putting Deraj through that recording process could have been frustrating but he never lost his drive or charm. He’s open to co-writing and respects other people’s opinions to get the best song possible. Highly recommend him!
If I could be more like anyone in business, music, and life, Deraj would be on my list of people. He is one of the most genuine, kind and humble people I’ve worked with and he inspires you in every convo. He’s insanely talented and his creativity is out of this world. Definitely someone you want get the chance to work with!
Loveworking with Deraj, he’s excellent in his approach and a creative genius to say the least! Highly recommended!
I highly recommend Deraj. I have had the pleasure of working with him on several projects. He is super talented and extremely professional. You will not regret working with this hidden gem. He even has placements on ESPN!!
Deraj is probably one of the most creatively diverse and gifted artists that I know. His ear for sound
as well as his eye for his branding makes him stand out to me as someone who can fit so well in so many spaces. I love his music and every time I’ve had the opportunity to see him live he kills the show. His energy is contagious, I can’t wait to hear the future of his art!
Deraj is an amazing songwriter, vocalist and artist. He is always professional and prompt, I give my highest recommend!
Interview with Deraj
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was very proud to A&R as well as write for MSCMKRS sync catalog sub-published through BMG! I helped bring in indie talent as well as curated 7 catalogs for the company.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently, I'm doing cowrites and working on cues for Ads, TV and film which I love to do!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Outside of myself lol...My bro Wes Writer. He's fire and a great guy to know.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital...I can organize better digitally and eliminate clutter.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Executing your vision and collaborating with quality, ease and a quick turnaround.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to get the end result of what the project needs and giving a final product that everyone is excited about.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long of a turnaround? I usually take between 2-3 days to deliver a recorded 1st draft for review and get subsequent revisions quickly after.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That rappers can only rap lol. I've written songs from rap, afrobeat, funk, r&b to pop, gospel and contemporary worship. Creativity has no limits.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Whats your definition of success for the project you're working on? I like to align myself with the results clients are ultimately after with their project.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would say be honest and clear with what you're looking for and ask as many questions as you can. The more the better because it helps us really nail what it is you're looking for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: XLR cables, MacBook Pro, Apollo Interface, AKG C414, and a solar powered generator lol.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began doing (and still do) design and branding but always had a hand in music since I was a teenager. I was fortunate enough to have been a signed touring artist as well as worked with grammy-winning, gold and platinum selling producers.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Electic...as I'm able to do a variety of rap styles as well as hold a note every now and then ;).
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kanye...I've always appreciated his willingness to explore and push creative boundaries while staying relevant to mainstream.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Trust the process and your gut.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rap, Alternative RnB, and Pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a great listener and ask the right questions to execute for a project.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a lot of fresh ideas and try to create a really easy and fun environment to get work done.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically, if its a request for a particular sound, I research references to make sure I'm in line with the mood and vision. I hit the studio and record a ton of vocal ideas. Edit down to the best one and begin finalizing the first draft of writing for review. After that, if any changes are needed, I execute quickly and with quality.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently have and use ProTools as main DAW but also own Logic Pro. KRK RoKit 6 monitors, AKG C214 condenser mic, Twinfinity PreAmp, Kayotica Eyeball, Apogee Duet 2 interface.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My biggest inspiration is Kanye, hands down. After that Andre 3000, Gambino, and Pharrell are top influences because I love the unique fingerprint they've created in the mainstream space. But honestly I'm inspired by many genres and artists (Bruno Mars, Louis Futon, Bieber, Calvin Harris, Labyrinth, Kimbra, etc) .
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually write and topline for rap/hiphop as well as sing and cowrite hooks.