ATHLEISURE MAG: When did you first fall in love with music and when did you realize that you wanted to work in the industry?
RIOT TEN: For as long as I can remember I always loved music. But it wasn't until the start of high school that I began experimenting with it. That's really where it all started. From then on, I knew I wanted to make music for the rest of my life and there was no one that could tell me otherwise.
AM: How did you get your start?
RT: Well, I guess it depends how you would define start, but I'd say mine was when I first downloaded FL Studio. I was introduced to it by a friend of mine, Jack Bass, during my sophomore year of High School. The rest is just history.
AM: How would you define your style of music?
RT: I'd describe my style as loud, obnoxious, and high-energy. Haha I know it doesn't sound very inviting, but when you're playing in front of thousands of people, and you feel the energy, it makes a bit more sense.
AM: Who would you identify as your mentors musically?
RT: That's a hard one to be honest. As far as producer mentors, I never really had anyone take me under their wing so to speak, but influences are a completely different story. I still draw influence from so many artists, all different genres and different sizes. I also had some artists supporting my music early on that played a big role in my growth. I toured with Yellow Claw, Adventure Club, Excision, and others early on.
AM: You’ve been producing music since you were 15, when did you realize that you wanted to DJ and at what point did you feel that you made it in the industry?
RT: I was around 18 I believe, playing at house parties, when I realized I wanted to DJ. The energy from those parties was something I'd never felt and I was addicted to it. And I'd say I was around 25 when I began feeling legitimate in the scene. I know I still have a long way to go, so even though I may be on a larger stage, I still don't necessarily feel like I've made it... If that makes sense. When I start headlining festivals, and my music is hits #1 on Billboard, maybe then I can rest.
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