Hello! My name is Rio and I'm a producer and mix & mastering engineering located in Los Angeles California. I began my pursuit of music creation at the young age of 8 as an outlet for my creative passion. Since then I've honed in on my craft, explored, and expanded on my abilities to create the best product for my collaborators and listeners.
I have over 120 million plays on Youtube on songs I've produced, I've worked and placed songs with the largest sync licensing company in Los Angeles, Lyric House, I've produced on Lukas Rieger's album which landed number two on the charts in Germany in 2016, mixed Grammy Award winning producer, Sir Dylan (SMSHNG HRTS), last project release “On My Way”, produced Los Angeles based R&B singer Paloma Ford's latest single "Waves" featuring Dave East, produced over 5 of top teen artist MattyBRaps latest singles, and produced and mastered on Keke Palmers latest project "Keyanna Nikole", as well as many others! Through these opportunities I have perfected my craft and managed to organize my projects in order to turn in a professional quality product on time and exceed my clients expectations. I am currently using Logic X, however I have experience mixing, producing, and recording in Pro Tools. The music I produce and mix is mainly a top 40 sound, in the Electronic, Pop, RnB, Alt-R&b, and Hip-Hop/Rap Genre's. I'm currently independent and always looking to take on new projects which inspire me as well as share my services and knowledge with others. I'm happy to send over a portfolio upon request! I'm very excited to work with you!
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Interview with Rio Root
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I believe many people are think that creating music on a computer isn't a challenge or not creative, but the fact of the matter is it is the MOST creative you can possibly be. Any sound can possibly image can be creative with a computer. There are absolutely no limitations on what you can construct while working on a song in a DAW. However is our jobs to share this knowledge with world!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began making music at the age of 8 as a hobby, I was gifted my first laptop by my family which had Garage Band, a basic DAW application, on it. I began to explore my interests of music, creativity, and art simultaneously to learning the trumpet. As time went on all of my focus shifted to music production, which led me to work with music producer and mix engineer Kevin Farmpella and Aaron Temple at age 14. During this time I was collaborating with many aspiring rappers, artists, song writers in my area. As I built a reputation for myself throughout high school, I studied behind mix engineer Craig Dukes from ages 18 and 19. I studied music production and recording for a year and a half at Diablo Valley College before deciding to move to LA and pursue music as a full time career, building a network of creative, passionate, dedicated, talented individuals and executing every opportunity along the way to ensure that my dreams would be fulfilled
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The best music is created through expression, rather than replication. The best way to improve is to explore the tools you have and to not repeat patterns, chords, melodies etc. Use a new tool every time you are creating and start of the song with a different process everytime, that way your sound, brand, mind, and creative abilities will constantly expand.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've explored many types of music such as: Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, Pop, EDM, Dubstep, House, Electro, Indie, Rock, Film and many sub genres in between.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring energy, clarity, and emphasis to a song. I shape the world and emotion that listener will experience. I do my best to bring forth originality as marketability to the records I'm a part of.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I usually work from my home studio, with 3 pairs of reference monitors to make sure I am shaping the cleanest mix possibly, I use and apollo twin interface, MXL V67G microphone, Macbook Pro mirrored to a large desktop monitor, Logic Pro X - with a vast variety of third party sounds and plugins (Native Instruments, Xfer, Omnisphere, iZotope etc.)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The work I do with clients typically consists of programing, creating, and arranging an instrumental track, recording the artist or songwriters vocals, vocal production and tuning, mixing, and mastering the record.