The duo of Deaf Poets, Nicolas Espinosa (26), and Sean Wouters (26), are in the works of solidifying the sounds for a brand new album and I got to spend the past four days documenting them in action.
Deaf Poets, a Miami local band known for their garage-rock rigorous tunes, have gotten themselves quite the number of fans in the past year. Not only have they gotten locally noticed, but internationally as well; including by celebrities like Tony Hawks and indie pop duo Matt and Kim.
Drummer Nicolas, also known as Nico, was born in Argentina and was first introduced to music by his own father, who was a bass player and percussionist, at an early age. It was inevitable to keep him from banging on the closest items around him and from then on it was obvious that music would always be a part of him.
While Nico generated beats on household items, mostly pots and pans, Sean, who is the lead vocalist and guitar player, struggled to find a hobby in Miami. Not interested in participating in any sports, he decided to take a guitar class and the rest is history. In 2000 Nico lands in Miami and meets Sean during Art Class as young 5th graders, but the two weren’t involved with each other just yet since Nico knew nothing of English.
It wasn’t until 9th grade that the guys decided to form a band with a bunch of their friends to pass the time. The band consisted of five friends, who could never shape a reliable rehearsal. In the mean time they (Nico and Sean) would hang out and jam while waiting for the other members to show up. Unfortunately, due to the tensions between members and their differences, the band decided to call it quits; but that didn’t keep Nico and Sean away from collaborating between the two. The duo would perform small gigs for fun, until eventually a friend of a friend needed to record a band for a final exam. On the way to the studio they recalled writing most of the material they would record, during the car ride. From those four recordings they decided to look for someone who would film their music videos.
With some new materials in hand, the two got in contact with Patrice Cramer, a Sound Engineer and French Producer, who helped with the recording of their first album, 4150, and things took off from their. “It was just an accident, a chain reaction, we weren’t expecting anything to come out of it. It was just something we did to pass time and have fun and it just picked up. People responded well to it.”- Nico + Sean. Opportunities began to arise for the band members, more writing, music videos, gigs, and collaborations with other local artists. Both guys are lovers of the arts and gratified the chances they have had to work with others through different mediums. From designs to recordings and film projects, they support their fellow local artists and try to keep that vibe alive in Miami.
“It was just an accident, a chain reaction, we weren’t expecting anything to come out of it. It was just something we did to pass time and have fun and it just picked up. People responded well to it.”- Nico + Sean
With the increase in exposure and the bands rapid growth they decided it was time to sign with management team, Nat Smallish whose company is now known as Smallish Music Group. With Smallish they were given the opportunity to sign with Rivi Music, which is a music licensing company. It was through them that they were able to get their songs, Degenerate Mind, signed as one of the soundtracks on Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5 video game – A never imaginable experience since both grew up playing the games. The duo later was contacted with an opportunity they would not turn down. A phone call from the booking agency of indie pop duo Matt & Kim, who personally requested Deaf Poets to perform on their South Florida tour stop. A month before that they were also given the chance to perform and open up for Unknown Mortal Orchestra at the III Points festival in October. Both experiences the band mates are appreciative and humble about.
When asked how they would define success for their band, both members were mutual about their clarity; just being able to sustain a life with their music and pay rent without depending on a second job. “If I can just keep playing and touring… if I am not making enough money that’s fine as long as I’m giving someone else a good experience and entertainment, I value that a lot.” – Nico
Often time’s people are quick to judge and comment that they are too intimidated to talk to the duo. The guys want you to know that that is not the case, on stage they are focused on their performance and on putting on a good show, just like any musician is, but not to hesitate to ever approach them and start a conversation. Just don’t grab their junk, but that’s a story for another time.
“If I can just keep playing and touring… if I am not making enough money that’s fine as long as I’m giving someone else a good experience and entertainment, I value that a lot.” – Nico
Aside from eating sandwiches, Nico enjoys watching Soccer or the Heat games as well as trying new food, so if you have any recommendations let him now via Instagram. Sean loves to collect vintage items, like his awesome amp collection, and travel as well. He also has an impressive garden growing outside his bedroom with tomatoes and green peppers. “Very not Rock and Roll,” he laughs. Both guys love to relax and hangout with friends when they are not performing or recording. “Our lifestyles does not reflect our life at home, music is a relief for us and that’s probably the craziest you’ll see us,” adds Nico.
These guys are destined to rock out in front of a sold out arena one day, so make sure to check out and experience their local performance, before you’re collecting pocket change for nosebleed seats. Add the bands Instagram page for update on the next album name and release date; which they’ve been working long day and nights for, trust me.