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Where It Started: RIOT

Your passion and love for music can start at any age. That’s something that hangs in curiosity for many fans. What did this person listen to when they were younger? Who influenced them?

The ‘Where It Started’ series is a platform for artists of all kinds to speak on the anthems that raised them to be who they are now.

Meet RIOT: The Israeli duo, now based in Los Angeles, California, is globally renowned for their power-packed performances at music festivals and unprecedented approach, producing music that is a mix of atypical genres in their progressive attempt to move above and beyond the conventional stylistic boundaries of music. They’ve amassed over 100M listeners on Spotify worldwide, released music on labels like Insomniac, Dim Mak, Monstercat, and have toured the world gracing some of the biggest stages in dance music such as Ultra Miami, EDC Las Vegas, and Beyond Wonderland. From the streets of Israel to the stage at EDC, RIOT has been on quite a journey while making its brand visible globally. A constant grind to “make it” in the music industry, their 10-year anniversary not only marks the beginning of a new era for the two but gives them a chance to reflect on the trials, and tribulations of the adventure to the present day. We’re here to hear from RIOT about where it started.

“The first 4 records represent a few albums out of the many that were the soundtrack of my childhood. My parents used to play them at the house and they all made a deep impression on me. Nirvana and Led Zeppelin were a huge influence on me and pretty much the gateway to heavier styles of music, through bands like Limp Bizkit, System of a Down, and many more. I fell in love with metal music and picked up the drums as my first instrument. I believe that shows through our own music. As a teenager, I quickly became obsessed with emo music and post-hardcore, I wish I could make this playlist longer than 15 tracks! On to Enter Shikari, which until this day is one of my all-time favorite bands, made me fall in love with synths (around 2006) together with bands like The Prodigy and Pendulum I slowly started to develop more interest in electronic music. The Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP ignited the spark of my production journey, and to this day, a combination of other amazing artists like Noisia, Feed Me, Nero, and Knife Party still has me chasing my tail in pursuit of getting better. I ended the playlist with a record by a band that has a very special place in my heart and manages to keep me inspired. Hope this playlist does the same for you!”

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