Album 101: Riot Ten Breaks Down New Album “Hype Or Die: Homecoming” Track By Track

Since emerging into the dubstep, hard-trap, and electro scene at just the age of 22, Riot Ten has disrupted the industry, topping charts and becoming one of the top played DJs and producers at clubs and festivals around the world. The artist has gained support from some of the most prominent names within the scene such as Excision, Zeds Dead, DJ Snake, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, Borgore, Flosstradamus, Snails, and more. In 2017, the multi-talented artist, collaborated with fellow producer Sullivan King, releasing ‘Fuck It,’ reaching number one on the dubstep charts for two consecutive months. The track soon after became a primary song on The Chainsmokers “Memories Do Not Open” world tour, paving his way for his global success. He soon after released ‘Rail Breaker,’ receiving tremendous reviews, as it became one of the most played out records of the year.

Riot Ten has recently been sharing his excitement for dropping his sophomore album “Hype Or Die: Homecoming” via social media. Offering 13 tracks of pure adrenaline, Riot Tens “Hype or Die: Homecoming” is a product of the producer’s endless quest to seek artistic fulfillment. Carrying the creative efforts withheld during the global pandemic, Riot Ten finds himself unhinged for the release of his sophomore studio album.  Featuring talents like Joe Buras (Born Of Osiris), Bok Nero, Titus, Add1ction, and more, Riot Ten never ceases to elevate his status as one of dance music’s most dynamic superstars. With all that being said, what better way to pinpoint the significance of this album than to hear it from the artist himself. Hear the story of how he put this all together in the track-by-track breakdown below.

CONTROL

Believe it or not, I actually discovered Add1ction through an Instagram advertisement. As soon as I heard their music, I knew we could make something special. This is arguably my favorite song that I’ve ever worked on, let alone my favorite on the album.

POPPIN

Krystall Poppin and I have been friends for almost 10 years and it’s actually crazy how long it took for something to happen. Once CHRMNDRS and I had something solid to send her way, it all made sense. 

GET OUT

My first love was hip-hop so I’ve always incorporated it into my music. I really think this track sums up my style as an artist and the vocalists nailed it. 

PICKLE JUICE

This track is one of the more unique sounding records on the album. I’ve been including it in all of my live sets and it seems to be becoming a fan favorite. I included this one to show my production prowess and range in dubstep. DON’T YOUThis song was kind of a random one for me. I had no idea what direction or style I wanted to go with it when I first started the process. As the melody came to me, I just sort of ran with it and it all came together. Most of my projects will include a song or two that are a bit more melodic. Super stoked with how this one came out. 

CAME TO RAGE

I wanted to include some hard trap on my album and what better way than to revamp an old fan favorite that was never actually released. In theory, I’ve been playing this song out for around 4 years or so. Having Bok Nero get on this and making it an original just seemed to make the most sense. Bok is one of my favorite rappers in the dance music space and he never fails to deliver. 

SILENCE (interlude)

I’ve always loved piano pieces so I decided to try and do one with a little Riot Ten twist to it. It ended up being one of my favorites on the album.

READY FOR WAR

Dogma and I wanted to make this all about energy and I think it was spot on. The vocals from Joe Buras were the cherry on top.

DEATH WISH

Perry Wayne is one of my favorites up-and-coming bass artists right now, so when we started this collaboration I knew it would be heavy. I’ve had Titus on a few records already and he’s incredibly consistent. I think this song may end up being one of the fan favorites off the full album.

BREAK IT

A little slow compared to my usual stuff, but it’s just as loud and obnoxious. I’m actually anxious to see the response to this one. 

BACK ON MY SHIT

This song actually took me a lot longer than expected to find something perfect for Mike’s Dead. Was super happy to finally work with him on a track and I love how this one came out. 

KICKSTART

On this track, I really love how the vocals weren’t totally serious, but the delivery is still hard. i think the drop matches the vocals perfectly and Global Mongo knocked it out of the park. 

HOMECOMING (outro)

I’ve always tried to end my projects with something more melodic and emotional. To be honest, I teared up a few times while making this song. It’s also a showcase to those who may question my prowess as a producer. 

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