Hello! My name is Rio and I'm a producer and mix engineering located in Los Angeles California. I have over 10 years of experience producing and mixing and am confident I will create the best product for my collaborators and listeners!
I've worked with many artists of all calibers, from creating demos for indie artists to producing on charting albums. Some notable artists I've worked are Keke Palmer, Paloma Ford, Dave East, Trevor Jackson, Lukas Rieger, Mistah F.A.B., and MattyBRaps. The music I work on is mainly a top 40 sound, in the Electronic, Pop, RnB, and Hip-Hop/Rap genre's. I'm 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 and very excited to work with you!
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Interview with Rio Root
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My sound spans across a lot of different genres but I really like sounds that are
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are so many talented artist out there to name anyone specific, really anyone who is bringing the freshest ideas and the most passion in the moment.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The best music is created through expression, rather than replication.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Production is what I'm hired for more than anything else, and its how I got into the music industry. My forte is in Pop, Rnb, and Electronic music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It all depends on the artist and genre. Every artist has a different process. Sometimes I'll build a beat all the way for someone before a session and sometimes we'll sit down a create it together. Typically I start tracks with chords, melodies and musical elements with rhythmic elements following after. I'll apply whatever effects and processing I feel necessary on it and then dive into the writing process with the artist, recording the song, rebuilding the beat around the vocals if necessary, followed by tuning, mixing, and mastering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm most inspired by my collaborators!
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: 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 bring forth originality and 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, I use an 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.