We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaramiah Rios and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaramiah, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Happiness. I didn’t wanna work a job that I had to dress up for and do the same thing everyday. I love that every day is a bit different. I might work with a major hip hop artist one day and record a church band the next.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a freelance Audio Engineer & Producer. I’d say the biggest thing that sets me apart from others is detail and personality. Detail and vibe is everything in this business. I’m somewhat OCD when it comes to it. My manager used to always point out how she knew if I was at the studio last based on how the room looked. I apply that to all my work though, whether it’s taking the extra time to making sure every vocal edit is perfect, or making sure the room is clean and set a certain way when the clients shows up to work.
The thing I’m most proud of is the fact that I’ve been able to make a living off music and do it full time to support my family. I’ve been able to work with some amazing artist and people that I grew up seeing on TV or hearing on the radio.
I grew up in a small town in California called Barstow. I started playing drums in elementary and continued throughout high school. I was playing in a band and knew music was for me but wasn’t sure how to monetize off of it especially in such a small town. The first time I went to record and realized how happy the engineer was I knew it was something I wanted to do. I decided to go to school in Phoenix and moved to Vegas when I was finished. At that point I was hired at Studio at The Palms and everything took off from there.
I’d say I got to where I am today with hard work and consistency. Always doing more than expected and maintaining good relationships. Definitely isn’t an easy career to get into. I think out of my class of 12 only 2 of us got jobs and still create music for a living. You have to put in a lot of time and work to get to where you wanna be. A lot of people don’t have the patience for it and take an easier route. My first two and a half years I was a Production Assistant and it was struggle. I pushed through and worked other side jobs to make it happen and get to a good point. It’s also a career you never quite master. I’m 9 years in and still learn everyday.
The biggest thing I want people to know is if you dedicate yourself and work hard you can do anything. Even me being a mischievous kid from a small town I’m able to have a career a lot of people dream of.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in Vegas people assume the only thing here is the strip. I avoid the strip at all costs. There’s a lot of other great things out here though. I’m mainly in the studio 10-12 hours a day or spending time with my family. There is a lot of amazing food here and places to see. Depends on the season, Summer I’d take them to a water park or pool and Winter I’d take a trip to Mount Charleston which is about 30 minutes away, Usually if I have friends in town they end up hanging out in the studio and seeing the creative process.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife and two daughters for always supporting what I do. No matter how many hours I was working or not being able to see them for days at a time. My mom for supporting my dream and helping me get through school and established. My grandma for encouraging me to get into music in elementary school and buying me my fist drum kit (mom wasn’t too happy about that one). The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences for teaching me the beginning steps. Zoe Thrall for giving me an opportunity at Studio at The Palms and always being there for me whether it was business or personal advice. My good friends and fellow engineers Jason Patterson and Kevin Luu that showed me the ropes when I was hired at Palms. The Churko family and the talented team at The Hideout for being some great people to work with.
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