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Robbie Rivera

Robbie Rivera, born in 1973 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, had his first encounter with music when he was only 10 years old. Buying records from acts like New Order, Depeche Mode and U2, it wasn't long before he started spinning records. 'I was 13 and had two turntables and a mixer', he says. 'I did not know what beat mixing was until it happened accidentally. I taught myself.' While improving his mixing skills, he took his first steps in producing music the old fashioned way: 'When I was about 15 years old, the richer kids had the instruments. One of my friends let me use his Roland drum machine all the time and he eventually gave it to me. I also had a real drum kit in my room.' Steadily he moved on: 'I was sequencing beats at 16 and doing my own edits of tracks using a 2 track reel to reel machine.' He grins: 'Yes, it was real tape splicing editing back then. Definitely not computer kid stuff!' In 1992 Robbie moves to Miami and in 1996 he releases his first record, a real Latin house track on Juicy Music: 'Robbie Rivera

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