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Slidin’ Thru: Danny Wolf

September 10, 2018

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

Behind every hit record is a hit producer. Introducing Danny Wolf, who has successfully turned his love for music into a living. At just 17 years old, he took the leap of faith and began an internship at Hoodrich Entertainment in Atlanta. It was in that moment that he decided music was the only route. Read more…

4 years later, he’s produced for some of the game’s hottest trap artists including iLoveMakonnen, Lil Pump, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Comethazine, Playboi Carti, Lil Skies… the list goes on. For those who didn’t know, Danny produced “Water,” which essentially jumpstarted Ugly God’s career.

For Danny, he’s not searching for fame or clout. He’s here to inspire others that they can too make their dreams a reality. Coming from Mexico and finding his new home in the A, Danny went against the grain and did the unthinkable. Plus, he’s got the Sour Matt cosign.

For those who don’t know, who is Danny Wolf?
Danny Wolf is just the Mexican that makes beats. Shit worked out I guess. [laughs]

Where do you fit in the realm of hip-hop?
I don’t think I really fit in. I think I just came in and fucked up the game. They just let me in.

How’d you get your name?
I don’t know, it just came to me. I really wanted a name that I could put as a brand ‘cause my name is long as hell. It’s foreign so people really couldn’t understand it. My real name is Miguel and there’s already a famous Miguel, so it was kind of given.

What about the Wolf part?
I just felt like I’m a wolf so I was like “fuck it.” I’m Danny Wolf now.

You’re from Mexico City, how does that play into your life and career?
I guess the culture aspect. I would just say the Latino part, I tend to mix my sounds and use sounds that sound Hispanic. Then I just make a whole trap beat out of it.

How’s living in Atlanta?
It’s lit. I really like it.

Did you move there ‘cause of family?
We moved there because we migrated there like a bunch of immigrants. [laughs] We landed in Riverdale and then from there, I kind of just branched out. I learned English. My mom left freshman year of high school, and left me with a laptop. That was the last time I saw her. And shit, I did the most out of it.

Riverdale reminds me of the 2 Chainz song.
Yeah, that’s where all of them come from.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
I don’t think it’s that important. I think you should just come up locally where you’re at. People should support you locally. Secure your town and secure where you’re from, and then you can branch out. LA will take care of you once they see that you have your hometown support. You come over here once you have your shit figured out.

How long are you out here for?
A whole month.

This your AirBnb spot?
Yeah, we’re all the way up on the 22nd floor. We make beats up there. We record up there.

Was Shoreline Mafia up there?
It was just Ron-Ron The Producer. We were just making beats for them and stuff.

“Water” by Ugly God is currently at over 41 million views on YouTube. DId you foresee it blowing up like this?
Nah, I made it in the closet when I was homeless. Ugly God just called me and told me it went double Platinum. I was sleeping in my homie’s closet pursuing music when Ugly God sent it to me. I was in a closet, like there’s not that much you CAN do. I just trapped it out, fixed it up and then we were just having fun. I really just left my house. My family didn’t support music, so I couldn’t be around the place or that area. It was just weird energy. Obviously when I left, shit got better. I just took the risk.

How did you meet with Ugly God?
SoundCloud.

As a producer, what’s been your favorite collab so far?
The shit that I did for Lil Pump’s album that’s about to come out. I did a few songs on there and they’re pretty crazy. I’m pretty happy about those.

I saw you post on IG asking “what album should I do next?” Talk about what you have in the vault so far (Lil Xan, Yung Bans, etc.).
Me and Lil Xan are linking up today. We’re gonna figure out when we’re gonna drop our album. Yung Bans is almost, we’re like halfway done. We have a lot of songs, but it’s just not right yet. I have this new artist named Lil Xelly. I have a tape with him. He’s really good.

So are you kind of molding these artists too?
I’m molding them and at the same time, taking care of the game. Because you have to take care of the underground at all times. Xelly, I definitely see him popping out. Obviously, working with Pablo and everybody else like Smokepurpp, Lil Pump. Album-wise, it’s Xan and Yung Bans right now.

Can you talk about your Hoodrich tat? [points to arm] Are you signed to them?
I’m not really signed to Hoodrich like that, but that’s family. They just help me out. I got it when I was interning. I thought it’d be cool to add to the sleeve. I’m really signed to StreamCut. It’s an independent label.

What do you want fans to get from your story?
To get inspired, to change their mindset, and to not give up. I just want them to realize that sometimes the people closest to you could be toxic to your career. As long as you do whatever you love, that’s really what I want them to get. And to figure life out for what it is.

What is your take on the music industry?
It’s pretty crazy. You gotta know what you’re signing up for. You gotta have your spiritual life right, because a lot of shit could just pop up. It’s a lot of mental battles. You gotta be a well-rounded individual to be able to handle that, because some people just start going crazy. You start seeing cray shit on Instagram. It’s the stuff that people don’t tell you. Everyone is just so focused on blowing up that once it happens, you get overwhelmed with all these mental battles. I would say for the average person, just to get their mental game right. Read a lot of books.

It that what you do? You read?
Yeah, like The Four Agreements. I kind of read The 48 Laws of Power, but that shit’s crazy. Like psycho shit. I read this book called The Seer. Culture of Honor by Danny Silk. I read a lot of spiritual books. They help me a lot.

What are some goals for yourself as a producer?
A goal for myself is to make 10 million dollars by the end of the year.

Are you on track?
Yeah, we’re good on track. [laughs] My goal for myself is just to be happy and to make hard shit. Let the rest just fall out. The music industry, you can’t really plan stuff out. You can kind of make a biased plan, and just go for it.

What did you do with your first advance?
I gave it to the homeless. I went to a cookout and I bought a bunch of trays. I always do that with a big advance though. Some of them didn’t want the food though, they threw it back at me. Some of them stole it, but it’s whatever.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
I wake up, I look around, and then I’m like, “Shit, I need to make some beats today.” And then I make like 10 to 15. I smoke. I kick it with the homies and figure out how we can win today.

Do you party? Do you go out a lot?
Nah, I used to party. I don’t know. I just kind of just like music checks better. [laughs]

3 things you need in the studio?
Meditation music, less people in the room, and my laptop.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
I would still be rich if I wasn’t making music, but I would probably be a businessman. Like an entrepreneur or an architect. Own businesses and create technology for the future.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Lil Baby.

Harder Than Ever is my shit. What’s your favorite song?
“Yes Indeed,” but I just fuck with Wheezy. I just fuck with everybody. I just like listening to the game’s production. Lil Nudy too, and Comethazine. His album is crazy.

Dream collab?
The Weeknd.

What advice do you have for an aspiring Danny Wolf?
Just pray and get your spiritual life right. Don’t do drugs.

Anything else you want to let us know?
I got my album, Night of the Wolf, on the way. It’s gonna have Lil Skies, Gunna, just the whole gang. It’s a lot of people. I’m going to hype it up. I’m going to make some good shit.

When is it coming out?
I’m still working on it, but hopefully at the beginning of next year.

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