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?
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?
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.