Gabo Rio creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?
I was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua. I moved to Miami 11 years ago and have been living here since. I started to make music 10 years ago but finally felt comfortable to share my work only 1 year ago. I got into making music with drum machines and I feel like meeting people who also play on gear has taught me alot. I have collaborated and jammed with many people in Miami as I host an open plug party every Tuesday night.
How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?
I think I am getting closer to the point where I can DJ mostly my own music and some of my friends unreleased material. I do enjoy playing vinyl but it is kind of hard to get everything pressed.
How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?
I feel like since my sound is low quality, it shows others that the sound is just one part of the music. A lot of producers only worry about how it sounds but not if it is danceable.
What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?
Right now I am working on a new EP with Nebulaee from Portugal and its going to be nuts. Also I just finished a new EP with partner Discosexo for the next Impresión.
Where are you and what have you been doing now?
I live in Miami and I have been working a day job to maintain the passion of making music. I just started this new label and it has opened many opportunities for me and I am grateful for that.
Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?
My sound has changed in the recent years because I have been making each project with different gear. My music is focused on making the synthesizer shine and I have just recently changed gear a couple times.
Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?
I still do not feel safe to play a more experimental sound as my career is just beginning, I am trying to make as many top songs as possible.
We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?
I feel like there needs to be more labels because it is hard to be creative when you don't know if you will even be able to release the project.
Can you tell us what your present and future projects are?
Present project will be to release the new Impresión EP in December and a surprise on January 1st.
Buy link: impresion.bandcamp.com/releases
Release date: November 29th, 2021.