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Rivlose Shares What It’s Like to be a Young DJ & Producer

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Carlos Rivera, known as Rivlose in most circles, is a teenage DJ from Miami. I met up with him and got to know the ins and outs of his life as a young artist.

 

How long have you been DJing?

 

I started producing like two years ago and DJing about a year and a half ago.

 

So, you’ve spun at a few events, where else are you planning on performing?

 

I had summer kickoff recently and now I have another summer kickoff soon, it’s at Club 380.

I’m promoting as well- for life in color mostly, but mostly music festivals, yeah. I also promote for music festivals.

 

Cool, how often do you produce?

 

Every day, just hit it like, a couple hours each day. Even when I’m in school I’ll finish my work really quick I just- whatever chance I get to produce I just go for it.

 

Anytime you have down time?

 

Anytime.

 

Like, I’ll be in class and they’re always like, “Hey Rivlose, get of the computer!” [laughs] because literally any chance I get I’ll start producing.

 

[laughs] How do you balance school work and producing?  

 

It’s pretty easy. You know, as long as you get everything done. I mean, I take like an hour and a half for homework and [laughs] the rest of the day for producing.

 

So, how did you start producing?

 

I went to this concert, you know Hardwell?

 

Yeah!

 

You know, I just saw him like, you know, he loved doing his job, and I was like wow I want to enjoy doing something like that. I saw myself in the same position and I’m working now to be at that level.

 

Well, the enjoyment aspect at least, you seem to have that down.

 

[laughs] Yeah, well it’s my passion.

 

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

 

Yeah, I have like five unreleased tracks and I’m working with on some collabs.

 

Awesome, so run me through the process of creating a song

 

Well, first of all you have to be inspired. I get this melody in my head so I stop whatever I’m doing and go on my computer and I start playing around with the drums and the drum patterns and I go into Sound Designing to make a sound for the melody in my head. From there, one thing goes with the other and it usually takes me a week to maybe months to finish a song. When I’m making a song, literally everything in the world just blanks out. I can literally work like six to eight hours straight and nothing around me would bother me.

So, you’ve named Hardwell as an influence, do you have any other influences?

 

Yeah, i have Adventure Club. My two biggest influences are Hardwell and Adventure Club. I actually got into electronic dance music through Adventure Club. Adventure Club made me realize that ‘wow, I actually like this type of music.’ I started listening to them and I thought ‘wow, I want to make these songs, this is insane. You know, I want to make a song that I like and if other people like it as well then that’s a big plus.

 

 

Where do you think you’ll be in five years?

 

The same thing I’m doing right now… music.

 

You know, right now I’m hustlin’ – I’m working real hard to get on the line up for Life in Color this year, If I keep producing at the rate I’m going then, you know hopefully in five years? I’ll be somewhere good.

 

 

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Written by Gabriella De Gracia

Gaby is an aspiring Journalist from Miami, Florida.
Find her on Instagram: @niceonegab

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