Robbie Rivera Delivers Greatness on 'Twenty,' Takes Us Track-by-Track: Exclusive


Who's within the temper for a strong, straight-up dance album? Who's able to put the cellphone down, hit the dance flooring and sweat till the solar comes up? Robbie Rivera is at all times prepared, and his newest LP Twenty is a blast of down-and-dirty dance necessities designed to do nothing kind of than get you shifting.

As a local Puerto Rican, Rivera's newest 12 tracks faucet into his Latin roots with pumping, tribal rhythms and electro-house grooves that'll set your limbs on fireplace all evening lengthy. It's bizarre, great, tender, soulful and, above all, tremendous straightforward to bounce to. Infectious melodies pressure your physique into movement. Don't be shocked if you end up "woo"ing each time the beats drop. 

Rivera is an actual one, and when Billboard Dance requested him to provide us the news on Twenty, observe by observe, he didn't depart out any of the juicy particulars. Go contained in the thoughts of a legend, and keep in mind: Genres are limitations artists place on themselves. Art is expression, limitless.

"I Can’t Lie" feat. Georgia Train
On this observe, I used to be considering of making a cool music with a one-note bass line and a particular synth sound. I made a decision to make use of one of many digital music association templates that Apple’s Logic software program supplies. This was the primary time I used a template to compose a music. The Apple template supplies about 10 tracks of genuine home music sounds and drums, so it was very thrilling to work with one thing new. After creating the straightforward drums, I used to be picturing myself in a darkish membership round three within the morning. I ended up with a quite simple but intriguing melody and groove. I keep in mind saying to myself, "I've one thing particular and distinctive right here." I completed the instrumental observe, and I grew to become a bit preoccupied in regards to the style underneath which it could be categorized. I made a decision to easily ignore the thought and keep on with the vocal a part of the manufacturing. I wanted a hook, and I made a decision to ship it to Georgia Train within the UK. Georgia produces vocals for a lot of artists, and she or he is quick. I advised her I wished a powerful refrain, and in someday, she wrote and carried out the vocal. I labored arduous on getting the right combination so it could not sound like some other songs for the time being. I've at all times centered on creating new types and never utterly following present developments. I examined it over the weekend at a gig and obtained goosebumps because the followers skilled the facility of this music. 

"We Don’t Care" feat. Chris Willis
I've been chatting with legendary singer-songwriter Chris Willis for a couple of years a few attainable collaboration. Finally, I had a demo to ship him. The story of how this music was created goes as follows: I despatched Chris the instrumental observe from a remix that I had executed from my pal Bob Sinclar who was not in a position to launch it on his label. I like how the music turned out, so I made a decision to delete the vocals from the association and requested Willis so as to add his magical voice. I labored with some musicians to get the suitable piano groove and bass on this observe. I'm very proud of the natural traditional home vibe and the facility of the vocals on the drop. Sometimes, if a DJ is enjoying instrumental tracks for some time, you'll discover you would possibly want some vocals to vary the vibe or to easily make somebody smile. I imagine that “We Don’t Care” accomplishes the 2.

"We Are Going Crazy"
I begin my DJ units with this observe. A tribal home groove with all the results, blips, synths and breakdowns that make it an genuine Rivera observe. After producing the beats and a thick bass sound, I used to be not sure of what to do subsequent. It wanted a hook, and I used to be not going to pattern one from a pattern library or wait days for a singer to ship me a hook. I began buzzing a hook, and I took my iPhone voice recorder and mentioned the phrases “we're going loopy.” I transferred it to my iMac, then pitched it down and added a grimy filter with a compressor and added it to the observe. It’s a enjoyable membership tune, and it jogs my memory of those three kittens that my spouse rescued from the road. Cats are inclined to go a bit wild at evening time, and it may be hilarious. For a minute there, we thought of renaming it “The Cats Are Going Crazy.” We discarded the thought, however we nonetheless name it that after we discuss in regards to the observe. 


"This beat is outrageous" is likely one of the hooks of the vocals which enhance my drums, impressed by the legendary Todd Terry. Many of my tracks are focused for the golf equipment, (which is) why I've a wild, funky bassline and an enormous breakdown with a loud siren. I've performed this so many instances on the highway, and the followers actually get down on the ground, which is at all times appreciated since most clubbers spend most of their time their telephones as a substitute simply dancing. This music makes them lookup and dance. Mission completed!

"Be Electric"
This is what vocal progressive home ought to sound like. This observe may be performed in a home, tech home and trance set. When I began engaged on this music, I wished a darkish melodic groove with an eerie vibe. I used a brand new software program plug-in on Logic that I had by no means used earlier than, and it simply spoke to me with all the nice leads, synths and bass sounds. You can edit them to nice new sounds that no person has used earlier than, so I made a decision to assume outdoors the field and used results to make the sounds spookier. I despatched the demo music to Georgia Train, and she or he wrote the music and produced the vocals with Caitlin Moss. I performed this tune at Audio in San Francisco, and the response was surprisingly optimistic.

"The Stars" feat. Dreamfreak
Some producers at all times ask me: How come you modify your type on a regular basis? I don’t change my type. To me, my type is no matter I produce or compose, as a result of I'm the one doing it. I produce digital dance music, and I produce what I'm feeling for the time being. I feel persons are method too hung up on the necessity to categorize the whole lot and never permitting artists to simply be artistic. It’s that group-think mentality which I hate. It is so limiting. I really like this music, as a result of it has lots of emotion, and I really like the chords and melodies. It might sound a bit retro or indie, and that's good, as a result of that was my intention. I attempted to provide a stability between indie dance with deep home basslines and '80s melodies. The title of the band who composed and carried out the vocals is DreamFreak. They are very gifted and distinctive artists.  

Once upon a time, there was a style referred to as “velocity storage” that grew to become very talked-about and launched by a couple of nice producers like Armand Van Helden. I didn't wish to produce a velocity storage observe. However, as I used to be composing the drums, I discovered a bass sound that was thick, deep and loud. I performed the melody simply as soon as, and I couldn't assist however hear the velocity storage affect. On this single, I additionally incorporate a vocoder on the looped vocal hook and add a lead synth that may develop into a bit annoying in some unspecified time in the future however not on the dance flooring. It is a hypnotic observe that takes you on a musical journey.

"Tribal Man"
I used to be born and raised in Puerto Rico, and Latin home is in my blood. As a younger producer and DJ, I used to be closely influenced by tribal and Latin home producers the likes of Robert Clivillés from C&C Music Factory, Little Louie Vega, David Morales, Kenny Dope, Armand Van Helden, Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, Erick Morillo, Junior Vazquez, Shep Pettibone and Justin Strauss. “Tribal Man” may be very consultant of my stay units. I like timbales, congas, toms, snare and horns. I added a one-note bassline to drive the observe, after which included a horn melody to take it to the following degree. My pal from London, Steve Burton, produced the cool vocals.

"Losing Track of Time"
I really like the refrain of this music. If you might be a very long time fan of my work, you'll discover these vocals have been beforehand used on an outdated observe I launched within the early 2000s. I obtained along with Chriz Samz who's a younger artist from Medellin, Colombia, to recreate the music. I wished a darkish melodic temper with electro sounds blended with the vocals. I feel the brand new technology will love this model. I modified the title, as a result of I really feel like it's utterly new. I didn't was to name it a remix. If you personal your music, you are able to do no matter you need with it. I discovered this the arduous method.

"Magical World"
This was the final observe I produced, and I feel it’s essentially the most imaginative one. The unique model of this music was a piano-driven, full-vocal music. After one week of pondering upon the vocals, I made a decision to discard them and begin from scratch. I discovered a hook within the music which says “In this magical world, I obtained a lot like to share.” I simply wanted it to sound totally different. I made a decision so as to add a vocoder to the vocal and simply have a bass line groove with traditional electro synth sound, like Daft Punk however with extra home beats. It undoubtedly has a French home, disco groove to it.

"I’m a DJ"
If you go to Shazam and search my title, you can find a uncommon observe referred to as “Main Room Part One." This instrumental progressive observe was performed by Carl Cox so many instances and was used on one in all his large compilations. For some purpose, followers have Shazam'd the observe, and it has reached virtually half 1,000,000 hits. I wished to create a followup observe with the same type and emotion, however with extra tech home basslines. This one is for the morning hours, and the breakdown may be very lengthy and dreamy. I like it.

"In My Soul"
One of my greatest tracks so far is known as “Funkatron." I've not been in a position to recreate the same tune, as a result of the synth sound no longer exists, and I additionally like to maneuver on. Also, one can not reinvent the wheel. On this one observe, I wished a banging tech home observe with some acid electro sounds and a deep techy bass. This observe is strictly meant for large rooms and festivals, as a result of the breakdown is heavy, and the climax is intense. Long time supporter Fatboy Slim has been loving this one since I despatched it to him this summer time. I don’t often title drop, however Norman Cook is a cool and really gifted dude who loves the funky acid tunes, like this one.

Twenty is out now on Rivera's Juicy Music. Dance to all of it evening lengthy under.