behind the stars

An ambitious music entrepreneur who combines passion with extreme attention to detail in everything he does. A perfectionist, always looking to outdo himself with every new musical project. meet italian actor, dj, music producer, and sound engineer salvo riggi.

Dubai-based sound engineer Salvo Riggi's music journey took years in the making, adding that a consistent sense of an increasing presence in the market" to stay relevant is vital. The hard work has started to pay off with his recording studio now steadily recognized as one of the top spots for music production and recording in the UAE.

It wasn't an overnight success story, though; it has taken determination and hard work. "I've learned how to perfect my craft, which led to great opportunities to collaborate with renowned global artists, including 50 Cent's recording partner, Tony Yayo, and hit US rapper Desiigner," boasts Salvo. Through this transformation and exposure to a variety of genres, Riggi was able to position himself as an international producer with the ability to captivate a diverse audience.

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the inspiration

David Guetta has always inspired Salvo due to his ability to reinvent himself within the industry. "It's very inspirational how he has versatility enough to chart his music in so many different genres. It's a huge aspiration for me to emulate this type of career longevity."

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Dubai being the creative city it is, Salvo considers himself "very fortunate to see how the recent boost and investment in arts and culture" has flourished a new generation of talents. "The scene now includes a varied community of artists from different backgrounds including many upcoming local singers, poets and rappers," he recalls.

the chorus

The industry in Dubai is still growing; it's a very appealing time to be in Dubai

verse 1: the how

When asked about how he mixes a song, he confidently says that his process starts by listening to a given track in a "perfectly-tuned acoustic environment" for details to be heard clearly, courtesy of his recording studio. To those of us who are fortunate to know a thing or two about acoustics, sometimes what you hear in an untreated room is likely not the real sound. "Preparing the environment is just as important as the quality of the speakers," according to Salvo. "Once the room is perfectly set, I can now gauge exactly which decision to make with mixing and mastering to come up with a track that sounds adequately loud, balanced and not too squashed."
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Preparing the environment is just as important as the quality of the speakers

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verse 2: a day's work

Typical Salvo days always begin with a cup of (or cups of, depending on how the previous night went) Italian expresso to boost his morning energy, or the lack thereof." I jump straight into recording sessions, and lately, I've been fully booked on most days from 9 AM until evenings with back to back sessions," Riggi disclosed. "

After my recording time, I work on mixing and mastering until late [evenings] with some days dedicated entirely to finishing songs that need more treatment for finalization."

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bridge: the why

If there is one nugget of wisdom that he wants to leave a generation of up-and-coming sound engineers, is that every day is a new day to learn something.

"Keep perfecting your skills. The industry is always evolving with new technologies and sounds that weren't possible before," he advises. "Stay updated, invest in yourself, and don't give up along the way."

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chorus 2: philosphy

His studio's mantra lives by with a motto: This is the place where feelings turn into melody, tears and smiles become music.

Music is quite literally Salvo's life. He cannot imagine a more powerful way of self-expression."I've always known I had to channel these feelings into my future career," he said. Everything he did hinge on this mindset, including his eventful move from Italy to London in pursuit of studying music technology and sound engineering. Through which, he has "converted an innate passion into a professional pathway."

Stay updated, invest in yourself, and don't give up along the way.

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