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    North Carolina, United States

Born into a diverse family of creative artists, Erik started his professional career 10 years ago as a self contained artist/producer on Sony's Columbia Records after being discovered by American Idol's Randy Jackson, then V.P. of Columbia Records. Randy quickly signed Erik to a multi album solo artist deal. Prior to Jackson's introduction to Erik via a songwriting demo, he had only briefly been producing, writing and arranging for independent hip hop and soul acts on the east coast. However, after only two years of being immersed in the confinements of the world of corporate music, Erik felt his creativity could be better expressed elsewhere. He broke his contract with Sony, and headed back east and then to Europe in search of musical freedom.

It wasn't long until Erik returned to California in pursuit of his musical career as an independent producer/artist where he was tapped to do his first major label production, coupled with various multimedia projects encompassing network and TV shows, feature films for the Showtime network, PBS as well as a two year stint as sound designer for famed photographer David LaChapelle and currently with Producit Inc. whose clients include: All major TV & Film networks, international advertising agencies, private events and celebrity clients such as Elton John, Gene Simmons, Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba. Erik is currently working on several projects to be released on Lifenotes Music.


Ease : producer/writer “Ease into love” 12 inch- New york south records 1996

Povi : producer/co-writer on the following titles :
From the album “Life in volcanoes “– Nettwerk Records 2000

AudioPhonic : producer/writer “It's Too Far Away” 12 inch
– Soulfire records UK 2000

Akemi Kakihara : co-producer/co-writer on the following titles :
“Love and Affection”
“Just You” (original version and remix) -lead off single, from the album “YES”
- Toshiba EMI Japan 2000

Tupac Shakur : producer/co-writer on the following titles :
“When Your Heart Turns Cold” feat. Sonia Sanchez
“Tears of a Teenage Mother” feat. Jasmine Guy
“What of a Love Unspoken” feat. Tre' of Pharcyde
“The Fear in the Heart of a Man” feat. Qtip
“Lady Liberty Needs Glasses” feat. Malcolm Jamal Warner
All titles from the album “The Rose that Grew from Concrete” - Interscope Records 2001

4th Avenue Jones' : Producer/co-writer “Do Re Mi” 12 inch lead off single – Interscope Records 2002
Producer/co-writer on the following titles :
“3 Seconds to Breathe”
“Shake it”
“Do Re Mi”
“Travelin' Man”
All titles from the album “No plan B” - Look alive/interscope records 2002

Planet Asia : producer/co-writer/vox on the following titles :
“Rock the mic”
“Keep movin'”
“Good music”
“Doin' what we do”
“Doin' what we do remix”
All titles from the album - “Still in traning” - 2003 Liquor barrell

They Call Me Sirr : composer – Showtime network feature film- 8 pieces - 2003

Mystic : producer/co-writer “The Life Remix” 12 inch – Goodvibe/Interscope Recordings 2003

Night at the Grand Star (PBS original series documentary) 2003 : producer/writer of the following titles :
“Too Far Away”
“Underground Symphony”
“Battle Circle”

Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets) : producer/co-writer on the following titles :
All titles from the album “trip the light fantastic” - Nu Paradigm ent. 2005
“If I need to move on” lead off 12 inch
Glory records compilation “Neo-soul united 2" – 2005

Dave Ghetto : producer/co-writer “Coming Up” lead off single from the album: Dave Ghetto “Love life” - Counterflow Recordings 2005

Jurassic 5 : producer/co-writer “Linguistics” 12 inch – Up above records 2005

Erik Rico : producer/writer : "Welcome to the Space Age” - FREE magazine style issue #6, CD insert - 2006

Erik Rico : producer/writer “Wonderful” - Fusicology spring 2006 WMC sampler

Erik Rico : producer/writer “Clapper” - form the compilation- “Beatology vol. 1&2” - Shaman work recordings

Analogue Mindfield : feature vox/co-writer “The City's Got an Attitude”- lead off single and video from the album - “A Fine Adjustment of Time” - Malicious Damage UK 2007

Tyson : producer/co-writer/vox on the following titles :
“Public Service Announcement”
“Freedom Rock”
“Where Has He Been”
“Hip Hop”
“Grown folks music”
“School Night”
“So in love”
“Shine your light”
All titles from the album - “Public Service Announcement” - Remarkable Current 2007

Erik Rico : producer/writer “Wanting You”, “Welcome to the space age” - from the compilation album - “The Original Summer R&B Selection” - Demon Music Group UK 2007

Erik Rico : producer/writer “Wonderful” - from the compilation album – Freedom time presents “Futuristic Soul” - Columbia Records Japan 2007

Erik Rico : producer/writer : "Glamour Girl” - FREE magazine style issue #9, CD insert "One's to Look Out For" - 2007

Erik Rico "Journey Back to Me" : solo album - LifeNotes Music 2007
"Children of the Light"
"Never Let You Go"
"Let's Lay Together"
"Welcome to the Space Age"
"Piece of Mind"
"Making Love"
"Glamour Girl"
"Wanting You"

Aybee : (produced by Aybee) writer/performance "So Much Greater" - deepblak/prescription 2007

IG Culture : (produced by IG Culture) writer/performance "Dancin' Free" - white 2008

Erik Rico "A Higher Frequency" : solo EP - LifeNotes Music
"Your Body"
"So Much Greater"
"Peace of Mind Pt.2"
Yam Who? : (produced by Yam Who?) writer/performance "Shine" - white 2008

Erik Rico : producer/writer "Faster" - Deepblak presents BLAKTROPOLIS - Deepblak 2008

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