We focus on getting the best out of artists by helping them achieve their vision at the highest level thanks to our experience working with artists like Young Thug, Lil Baby, A.CHAL, Myke Towers, Roddy Rich, Juice WRLD, Ty Dolla Sign, Gunna, Wale, Nav, Sheck Wes, Nick Mira, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Lil Keed, Koffee, Ventino, T Shyne, Jesse Baez, etc
We are music producers from Los Angeles, CA. We have recently worked on songs like "Numbers (Feat Gunna, Roddy Rich, London on da Track) - A Boogie wit a Hoodie" "Hollywood Love (feat. GUNNA), TAPPD'N, WHO U, Pink Dust - A.CHAL" "Cooler than a bitch - Gunna" and more.
We have also worked on three albums that debuted number one on the US Billboard 200 chart: WUNNA by Gunna, Slime Language 2 by YSL Records & Young Thug, and Good Intentions by Nav. As well as a Latin Grammy Nominated album by Ilegales.
We specialize in melodies, chords, songwriting, sound design, drum programming, recording, and mixing. Our passion lies in genres like Hip Hop, Pop, Trap, Reggaeton, R&B, Dancehall, Afrobeat, Reggae, Cumbia, & Alternative.
What you will get from us:
Custom made beats
Unique Sound Design
Delivery on your vision
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6 ReviewsEndorse Frank Rio & ALEO
Frank Rio was amazing. I brought a song that me and a producer were not able to seamlessly transition from part A to B. I was also interested in his expertise with his trap beats. He came through and delivered with everything we needed, and showed enthusiasm, excitement, and active listening skills while we had our first revision meeting. Frank only needed to send us 2 versions before we were happy with the final production and sound design - these two were Frank's contributions to the song.
Absolute pleasure working with Frank, Super talented with an ear for a World Class executed production! Excellent communication throughout the entire process and the best part, We created a Banger!
Great working with Frank
An extremely friendly and helpful guy, love his work!!
Frank was very quick and very high quality beats were made. He was also able to work with my budget, which was greatly appreciated. Will work with him again.
Frank had some amazing music made for my first track! I literally couldn’t have asked for better. I can tell he took his time on each beat to provide different sounds to choose from. Man for the job thanks Frank!
Interview with Frank Rio & ALEO
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We are proud of "TAPPD'N by A.CHAL" due it being an opportunity for us to go outside the box on a record, we produced and mixed it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on projects with artists signed to labels such as 300 Entertainment, Universal Music, Sony Music, etc. Due to confidentiality reasons we can't disclose names of projects that haven't been released yet. We're also working on developing new artists and scouting talent.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: We don't know anyone else on SoundBetter.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: We use both. Our go to recording chain is a Neve 1073 into a Tube Tech CL1B into a high quality A/D converter such as the Antelope Audio Orion. We love analog synths, guitar pedals, tape machines, etc. but also the convenience and efficiency of DAW's and VST's.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We promise to deliver the best possible piece of music for each artist and will not stop until we have reached our goal together.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The most satisfying thing about what we do is delivering a finished product that both us and the artist love, to the point we want to share it with the world.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: People tend to ask how much we charge first. We are very understanding when it comes to dealing with budgets from independent artists so we take it on a case by case basis.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: When people hear we're producers they think we need a giant mixing board when the reality is that a lot of hit records are made with a laptop and mouse these days.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What they're trying to accomplish with their sound. What music that inspires them. Who do they think their audience is. How many songs they want to work on. What's their budget.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talking with the producers and making sure everybody's on the same page. Let them know what you're looking for if you know. If you don't, a producer can help you figure it out. Communication is most important.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, USB MIC, Midi Keyboard, Speakers and a Guitar
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: We've been pursuing music since high school. Frank's first studio session with a major artist was with Belly from XO Records back in 2016. From there, he's worked with a wide range of artists from Gunna to Myke Towers. For the past couple of years he's been working particularly closely with Peruvian artist A.CHAL. The first time Aleo got to work on a big record was with Portuguese artist ProfJam back in 2018. The record "Tou Bem" went on to chart at number one in multiple countries and is over 3x Platinum. In 2019 he got a Latin Grammy Nomination for his work on 'Tropicalia' by Ilegales. In 2020 and 2021 he's got multiple RIAA certified Gold and Platinum records with artists like Gunna, A Boogie, Roddy Rich and more. He's currently managed by 18 time Grammy winner Sebastian Krys.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Sonically new and ahead, Vintage but modern, Impactful, Memorable, Easy to understand and relate
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: We would love to work with Tame Impala. He's a huge inspiration, forward thinking, and we're sure we'd make something timeless together.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, Pop, Trap, Reggaeton, R&B, Dancehall, Afrobeat, Reggae, Cumbia, & Alternative. But we're willing to work with other genres as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Our strongest skill is turning a song into a record.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We bring a new and refreshing sound to music. It's not just about a good chord progression or melody its also about the sounds you decide to use and how you use them, we never just use a stock sound and call it a day. We take our time and make sure that everything is sculpted and sonically in a place that feels new and enjoyable. We do bring easy to sing over chords and catchy melodies along with drums that not only sound good but feel good in any genre we are working in.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After discussing with the artist we focus on making the best and catchiest melody/chords that are relative to the genre we are working on. Sometimes we even go out of the box and find melodies or chords that work for other genres and mix them up with what we are working on. Once we have that done we focus on sound design which is where our "sound" comes from. We use plugins mentioned above to sculpt and shape the sounds into a polished product. Our goal is to make everything sound unique so from the moment you press play you already feel like you're being taken into a world that we created together and its distinctive. Once that's done we will start the process of programming drums and bass to structure the song. Once the beat is structured we send it to the artist. After they record and send it back we do additional production on top of what they did to help with transitions or capturing more moments in the song. We will most likely add other elements as well to compliment the artists performance. From that point if the artist has also hired us to mix we will proceed to that step once we finish the production of the song. That's usually how the process goes, one thing we don't do is rush the artist. We take our time and make sure everything sounds as perfect as can be, from the snare or clap to the kick drum to the bass or melody every single sound matters in a song, one bad sound can ruin a record.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We have Focal and Yamaha monitors, UAD Apollo Interfaces, UAD-2 Satellite OCTO Core, Dave Smith Prophet Rev2, Mojave MA-300, Fender Stratocaster, G&L Bass, Yamaha Acoustic Guitar, Audio Technica M-50x, AKG K712 PRO Sintir, Maschine Studio, Faderport, Roli Keyboard, Graphite and Asus Midi Keyboards. In terms of software we use Pro Tools and FL Studio as well as all the plugins from Universal Audio, Slate Digital, Fabfilter, SoundToys, Soothe2, Melodyne, Arturia V Collection, Omnisphere, Serum, Trillian, East West, Izotope, Waves Factory, Valhalla DSP, Output and more.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Our biggest inspirations are: The Weeknd, Drake, Jack Harlow, YG, J Balvin, Jhay Cortez, Bad Bunny, GUNNA, Young Thug, James Blake, Rosalia, Tame Impala, A.CHAL, Travis Scott, SZA, FKA Twigs, Burna Boy, Little Dragon, Don Toliver, Sampha, Justin Beiber, Doja Cat, Juanes, Masego, Pink Floyd, Ariana Grande, Kali Uchis, Jamiroquai, Khalid, Kanye West, Rick Rubin, Pharrell, Sky Rompiendo, Tainy, Noah 40, Kaytranada, Daft Punk, Majid Jordan, Pop Smoke and many MANY more. Producers that inspire me would be Pharrell, Mike Dean, OZ, Boi1da, Illangelo, Doc McKinney, Wheezy, Southside, TM88, London on da track, 40, Tame Impala, Frank Dukes, Cardo, Allen Ritter and many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: We first have a conversation with the artist to see where their head is at musically just to make sure we're on the same page as them. From there we create, our goal is to bring the best possible version out of the artist. Whether that's rapping, singing, trap, r&b, reggaeton, alternative, drill, soul, we will always do our best to focus on the highlights of the artist so we can have the best outcome. Every artist is different and that's how we approach every record.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do not be afraid to experiment! You are holding yourself back by being in your comfort zone.