Genres: Hip Hop (West Coast, East Coast, Dirty South, Trap, MidWest, Hyphy, Grimey, Hustla, Gangsta, Pimpin, Blaze, Old & New School, Roots, Electro-Modern, Cruise, Bass Low, Machine, Hydro) Video Game Music, SoundTrack, AppTracks, World, Latin- Shake, Euro-Style, Asia-Chamber, Africa-Style, India-Tech, Middle Eastern Hybrid Hip, Native, Urban, Pop, R&B, Rock, Club, Dance, Romantic, Lust, Soulful, Theme, Airy, Pump Yo Fist Music, Alternative, Background, Trailer Music, Sports Highlights, Adventure, EFX, Action, Cinematic, Choir, Experimental, Indie, Commercial, Funk, Drums, Scientific, Break, FreeStyle, Ambient, Aerial, Pickup Intensity, Electronic, DubStep, Quirky, Hip Classical, Child Play, Dramatic, Emotional, Suspense, Horror, Mystical, Sadistic, Space, Murder, Riot, Clash, Creepy, Adrenalin, Rush, Monster, Super Human, Super Hero, Universal
Pulsating rhythms, melodic flourishes, monumental hooks: blending hard-swagger beats with imaginative impulses, Long Beach, California-based producer Rijan couples an encyclopedic knowledge of production styles with a firm grasp of the present to reveal a far-reaching sonic vision for the future.
Across a wide range of projects -- indie to mainstream recording artists, TV to Film Networks -- Rijan’s musical intuition is grounded on integrity and real emotion. It is his intention to support the artist’s direction. “I’ll go with what they want: digital or live funk band, because every album is different. The producer is the architect – you have the foundation that’s the artist and you build the house around that.”
Growing up in Long Beach, Rijan was educated in the streetwise beats of those who came before him and he lists a dizzying roster of influences: from N.W.A, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Philly Soul legends The Delfonics, VoiceBox legends Roger & Zapp & Stevie Wonder, to eighties freestyle, nineties synth pop, and British bands like Depeche Mode and Phil Collins. “I love it all,” he professes. As an alumnus of Poly High School -- an educational institution attended by hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg – he couldn’t help but be influenced by the prevailing urban culture of the fabled “LBC.”
As an aspiring artist, Rijan worked with other local producers/writers in the development of his distinctive production style. Consequently, he concentrates on the hook, surrounding it with irrepressible and irresistible arrangement elements, “riffs, sounds and samples that are not the norm,” he clarifies, which all serve to propel the artist to the forefront of the sound.
As an increasing important player in modern music, Rijan notes that is the music – not the lifestyle that surrounds it – that keeps him focused. “I’ll go anywhere and everywhere,” he says. “ As long as I’m doing music I’m good.”
And he understands that the role of the producer is to sustain and capture a vision and a vibe. “I’m here to support the artist – top vocalists who can carry it. I think it’s a marriage between the track and the vocalist. If the vocalist is the skeleton then the music is the body. They have to mesh, completely balance each other, and make the people get up, bob their heads, and dance.”
Ritche Agulto (Producer/Writer, BMI)
P.O. Box 18475 Long Beach, CA. 90807