BIOGRAPHY

An accomplished guitar player since his late teens, Richie started playing on albums for major labels and performing in international shows at age 19 from his native Costa Rica. His passion for music production led him to become a recording engineer in his early 20s and to set up his own recording studio. Immediately, he started composing jingles and scoring radio and TV commercials for large advertising agencies, while writing and producing many albums and chart-topping songs for local bands.

Out of a strong desire to improve himself, in 1999 he relocated to Orlando, Florida, where he attended Full Sail University and received a degree in Recording Arts. Upon graduating Valedictorian of his class, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he got a job as a recording engineer in North Hollywood. A few months later, he was introduced to major-league film sound as a music editor at Remote Control Studios (then Media Ventures) in Santa Monica, where he worked with composers Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi and Klaus Badelt.

In 2002 he headed north to Toronto, Canada, to look for new challenges. There, he immersed himself in sound design and music for television and video games for renowned companies like Electronic Arts. He composed music and designed sounds for numerous EA games, including Hasbro franchises “Nerf N-Strike” and “Littlest Pet Shop." He also collaborated on the score for “Marvel Super Hero Squad” with Australian composer Mick Gordon, and composed several tracks for Warner Chappell’s music library, which have been licensed for many TV shows in North America, Latin America and Europe since.

Richie was also an Audio Director, Audio Lead and Sound Designer at videogame developer and publisher Ubisoft, and worked on projects like “Watch Dogs Legion”“Watch Dogs 2”“Assassin’s Creed Unity”, “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate” and “Splinter Cell Blacklist.”

 

In parallel to his music and sound design work, he was a freelance re-recording mixer and sound supervisor on hundreds of episodes of television series, documentaries and independent feature films, for clients like Cinemax, The Discovery Channel, HBO and Showtime.

Since 2007, he has also managed to build and maintain a solo artist career in his spare time. He has written, produced, recorded and performed on four solo albums of electric guitar-driven instrumental music.

 

He is currently fully dedicated to his most challenging undertaking yet—a new project in which he's using all of his combined skills and experience, and which will be revealed in the upcoming months. Stay tuned!

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