Rafael Rico

Composer & Producer

16 Reviews (7 Verified)
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Artists come looking for that blend between a radio hit and a deep cinematic feel. Your songs deserve those arrangements and textures to enhance the right emotion. I want your songs to be in movies, not just Spotify and radios, I want them in their full potential, I want them to be reminisced.

I'm a full time composer/sound designer/producer with more than 14 years of experience working in the music, advertising and film industries. I got a degree in Post & Game Audio Production from Nimbus: School of Recording & Media and I'm also a singer/songwriter with 2 studio albums, 1 live album and an OST for a feature documentary called "Unbounded".

I have worked for several brands such as Netflix, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Gatorade, Levi's, Under Armour, Amnesty International, Tag Heuer, Land Rover and other artists like Chino y Nacho (Venezuela), Hanggai (China), Ozuna (Puerto Rico), Stephanie Ratcliff (Canada), Andrés Mata (Venezuela), Feralman (UK) and have also worked for producers like Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd) and Garth Richardson (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Services offered:
- Music production for artists and soundtracks.
- Writing to picture & jingle composition.
- Mixing and recording engineering.
- Post audio production: Sound Design, Foley, ADR, audio restoration, editing and mixing.
- Session player: singer & guitarist. Remote recording only.

Contact me with details about your project and we can discuss the best rates for your production.

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16 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Josh Florez

    Rafael is a fantastic soul to work with. He is very well spoken and brings great ideas to a record. He's flexible and open to suggestions. He put in the work until everything was perfect. Will be working with him again soon!

  2. Review by Gareth E.

    MASSIVE PRAISE and WHOLEHEARTED RECOMMENDATION for Raf. I am both delighted and saddened to have just completed my project with him. He helped me with the entire album (check out Feralman). Raf is an outstanding musician, composer and producer. He his highly emotionally intelligent and it is evident in how sensitively and carefully he goes about his work. I wanted to bring elements of soundscape and cinema to my music while retaining the feel and intimacy in my songs. Raf nailed it, seriously.

  3. Review by Gareth E.

    I've just finished working on a song with Raf and I'm extremely happy, so happy in fact that I've entrusted him with the entire production of my forthcoming album, an additional 9 songs.
    It's obviously important to find the right connection with your producer and Raf and I are definitely on the same page. He has treated his/my work with care and emotion and has dug deep into the feeling and soul and vibe of this song and my sound overall. He has taken his time and truly delivered.

  4. Review by Amy V.

    I loved every step of the way in collaborating with Rafael! He was open and heard me out, even when it was outside of the box! He is super talented and wonderful to communicate with...he did an amazing job. I am very happy with what we created and I look forward to the next!

  5. Review by Cat Aimi

    Outstanding result for a great price.
    I'll certainly be coming to Rafael for future projects.

    The project had delays at both ends but he showed passion in the project, politely took on board edit requests/feedback and was a pleasure to work with :)

  6. Review by Marco A.

    From the first contact Rafael, I felt very comfortable. I entrusted him with the arrangement of my first song, which thanks to his professionalism, know-how and a good dose of passion has become a great piece. I'm glad to go back to work with him and I recommend him highly.

  7. Review by Minh

    Very professional and easy to work with. Super happy with the end product

  8. Review by Luis Fernández Prieto

    Highly professional. Very recommended composer and instrumentalist .

  9. Review by Xiaoli

    Rafael has been a great great help on sound and music for my short film! He's so patient and professional throughout the process and that makes a great collaboration. :) I really love how the music and sound came out and it really adds a lot to my short film!! Thank you so much!! Love your work:))!

  10. Review by Cat Aimi

    Really pleased yet again, after involving Rafael as part of a major global project.

    I'd highly recommend him. He takes on board what you need, is full of wonderful ideas and has a heart of gold

  11. Review by Igor Tolstocheev

    Rafael is a highly professional artist with focus and attention to details. It was a pleasure working together and getting sound results.

    Igor Tolstocheev
    Creative Director, EKADOO.com

  12. Review by Guillermo Casarin

    Rafa is one of the best composers I have work with. He has everything a Director or anyone is looking: he is talented; has great input; knows how to listen and has great personality.

    Rafa's work has a great range, perfect for each different project you are work in. You will definitely enjoy working with him and I guarantee you will love his work.

    Guillermo Casarín
    Writer | Director | Bicultural | Controversial

  13. Review by Hans Goksoyr

    Rafael is a very talented and creative composer/sound designer. We have a great working relationship. He really listens and embraces the project needs in a way that very much helps push the final product to a new level. He also works fast and gets feedback implemented seamlessly. I highly recommend Rafael for your scoring and sound design needs.

  14. Review by Fran Mendez

    Rafael's talent, ingenuity, and trustworthiness, are just some of the qualities that make him such an invaluable collaborator.

    For the last couple of years, I have developed a solid professional relationship with Rafael and he's now been my composer for several projects.

    Rafael is also a truly *amazing* sound designer. He's extremely kind, fast and very thorough with his work.

    I highly recommend him!

    Fran Mendez,

  15. Review by Garrett Martin

    Rafael composed music for a feature documentary I was directing titled "Unbounded". He was able to produce a score that completely exceeded my expectations. Rafael has an incredible ability to bring visuals to life through his music. Even with a vague direction, he is able to create a score that flows with scenes and completely enhances the final product. He is efficient, quick, knowledgeable and has a diverse set of skills that few other composers have

  16. Review by Patricia

    Responsible, straightforward and effective communication, top notch service. Rafael is incredibly talented and works really fast.

Interview with Rafael Rico

  1. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  2. A: Deadline, references and goals.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: I work in my home studio in a mountain in the outsides of Caracas. It's cozy and inspiring, I sit right next to a chimney and I'm surrounded by nature. I have a small but efficient setup with top-notch equipment which allow me to be creative and offer the best quality at the same time.

  5. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  6. A: I do everything around the post-audio production of your pieces, specially writing music and sound designing.

  7. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  8. A: Olafur Arnalds Christian Henson Bruce Springsteen Glen Hansard Gustavo Santaolalla

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: It's my job to nail the intention of the scene and support the visuals with music to evoke emotions.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Creativity and good taste!

  13. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  14. A: Organization is key.

  15. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  16. A: I started writing songs at the age of 13.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: My guitar, a notebook, a pen, a capo and a cup of coffee.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Be as specific as possible, show references and stick to the locked picture.

  21. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  22. A: When a customer gives me freedom with my work. Deeply appreciated.

  23. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  24. A: Digital. Nowadays, you can barely tell the difference and it saves you tons of time (and money). Though analog helps you discover new places in your imagination.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: As a film composer, I'm inclined into melancholic, introspective and modern sounds. Some kind of electronic soundscapes with organic and classical textures. As a singer/songwriter, indie folk rock is what prevails, but I'm always trying to experiment with new things around that.

  27. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  28. A: Any type, I like to work on projects that represent a challenge for me and whatever I have previously worked on.

  29. Q: What's your typical work process?

  30. A: Depending on the project. Usually, the production should start with a meeting, defining the objectives and the characteristics of the project. This is where all the ideas are thrown at the table. Once we have a direction, we define what is that we need to make it happen. If it's an audiovisual piece, a spotting session is needed to spot the parts of the piece that need to be scored and/or sound designed.

  31. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  32. A: I had the opportunity to work on the original soundtrack for a feature documentary called "Unbounded". It narrates the story of 4 young travelers hiking for 4 months in the wild Patagonia. I'm constantly inspired by nature and being part of such an adventurous project, presented as an ode to wilderness and its preservation, is an honor for me. To find the right sound and tone for this film, I dug deep into the music of Gustavo Santaolalla, Simón Díaz, Olafur Arnalds, Eddie Vedder's solo albums, along with other inspiring artists. The director's intention was clear, he was looking for acoustic and organic ambiences slightly focused on the South American cultural aspects. As a latin american singer songwriter, I couldn't find this opportunity more fittable for me. You can find this soundtrack in all the digital platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, etc.

Wonder by Rafa Rico

I was the singer, songwriter & producer in this production

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    Wonder by Rafa Rico
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    When All Is Almost Lost by Feralman
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    Superlativo by Rafa Rico
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    Hiking to Summit Camp Montagne (Unbounded OST)
Terms Of Service

You get 2 revisions (3 takes total). Let's fully discuss expectations and share references prior to tracking to nail what your project needs. Commercial projects budgets vary depending on license type

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  • The National
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  • Gustavo Santaolalla
Gear Highlights
  • Macmini 2018 32GB
  • Apollo Twin Quad
  • Octopre Dynamic MkII
  • Yamaha HS5 spkrs
  • Epi Sheraton II
  • Taylor 114e
  • Gibson Les Paul
  • Yamaha RBX A2
  • Gretsch Jim Dandy
  • Admira classical guitar
  • Senn HD600
  • Fender Frontman 212r
  • Zoom H6
  • Se T2 mic
  • SM57 mic
  • Senn ME66 mic
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