When you hear about a Producer/ DJ named Riot it makes you want to turn up and bounce to your favorite song by him. Speaking of “bounce”, Riot has a party anthem called “Make It Bounce” that you might want to check out!
RiotOnTheBeat was born in Prince George’s County, MD. At the age of 6, he started showing an interest in music. His toy drum was what piqued his interest. That interest led him to becoming a percussionist through grade school and college.
Riot attended Morgan State University where he played the crash cymbals in the marching band for 4 years. During that time he started learning how to use FL Studios, a music production software. He fell in love with making beats and hasn’t looked back since. Since the first time he used FL studios he’s been focused on perfecting his skill. Riot has been producing music for 10 years. During that time, he has found that the more he makes beats the better he gets. Practice makes perfect!
Not only does Riot produce music, he also DJs. He volunteered to DJ for a house party and noticed he was good at reading the audience. Everyone was turnt up! As a DJ, Riot looks at the audience’s behavior to determine what type of music the crowd likes best…dancing, head nodding or singing. If the crowd responds well to Afrobeats he’ll continue playing afrobeats. Riot is also an audio engineer. He is able to record, mix and master music.
When making music Riot is inspired by the sounds of Timbaland, Kaytranada, Flying Lotus, Sickick, MikeWillMadeIt, and Pharrell. All well known producers. Riot may look up to those producers but he has his own unique sound that his listeners can identify as a Riot beat. As a DJ he likes to blend and transition different types of music together in a way that gives him his own distinctive sound.
When Riot created the song “I Wish You The Best” it left him with all sorts of emotions. He was shocked, amazed and he felt a huge feeling of appreciation all at once. The song became so much more than he expected it to be. After hearing the finished project it left him in tears. “I Wish You The Best” is about parting ways which can be applied to multiple situations. He was so happy with how beautiful the song turned out and sounded. The song left him with an epiphany confirming that he is following the right path. This gave him the confidence to continue making music for people to enjoy and connect to.
“Make it Bounce” and “I Wish You The Best” are available on all music streaming platforms. Both songs are on his album First Wave which dropped November 11, 2022. The album is the first collection of all the music he has produced that was professionally mixed and mastered. He also debuted as a singer and can be heard when you listen to his single “I Wish You The Best” and a few other tracks on the album.
For anyone who is interested in being a DJ, music producer or audio engineer Riot has some advice for you. He wants you to keep doing what you love and enjoy. Do it legally and never give up. Find a mentor; they can be a big help. When looking for a mentor, search for someone who is successfully doing what you are interested in or has achieved what you aspire to achieve. Mentors can help guide you down the right path.