With his sixth sense for spotting a global smash, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, songwriter, DJ, and performer IAmChino exerts an influential and impactful presence across both pop and Latin music, drawing his expansive vision from real world experience.
“I’ve been around the globe so many times,” he says. “It gives you a ton of new ideas for production, and you look at things differently. I love to mix what’s going on in the clubs with the sounds I hear outside to create this new flavor and lane for my music.”
Following a 10-year grind in Miami’s club scene, he went from DJ-ing in front of millions on stage for Pitbull to becoming a co-writer and producer for the international mega star. In 2011, he would co-produce and co-write “Mr. Worldwide Intro” on Planet Pit followed by “I’m Off That” as well as Global Warming’s platinum-certified “Don’t Stop the Party”—which landed placements in Despicable Me 2 and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. After producing the Latin single “Noche No Termina,” IAmChino would drive the creation of Pitbull’s 2015 Latin blockbuster, Dale, as Executive Producer and A&R, assembling the vision and earning a GRAMMY® Award for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.” At the ceremony, he’d share the stage with not only Pitbull but Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Travis Barker of blink-182, and Robin Thicke during a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration. Continuing this hot streak, 2016 saw him produce “Messin’ Around” [feat. Enrique Iglesias] for Climate Change.
In 2015, Jennifer Lopez would tap IAmChino as both a DJ and producer, and he’d go on to share the stage with her at The Hollywood Bowl, Premios Juventud, and during her All I Have Las Vegas residency in addition to creating music in the studio together. This would kick off another chapter of his career.
Signed to Mr. 305 Records, IAmChino properly ignited his solo career with the 2013 debut single “Si Te Agarro” [featuring Fito Blanko & Papayo]. Further developing his signature style, 2016’s anthem “Ay Mi Dios” [feat. Pitbull, Yandel, Chakal] seamlessly stirs together pop prowess, Cuban swing, and an unshakable club bounce, flaunting the power to move bodies anywhere and anytime.
“It gives you Reggaeton, American sounds, and Cuba,” he continues. “We want to shine light on the underground and blow it up!”
He keeps his ear to the streets because that’s where he began his career, performing at house parties and all-ages events around his native Miami at 16-years-old. As he became a fixture in the city’s legendary club scene, Pitbull’s manager Michael Calderon introduced him to the budding star in 2005. He and Pitbull developed an inimitable and irreplaceable chemistry, ushering in a new sound that surpasses all borders.
“It’s a big world out there,” he leaves off. “I want to speak to it as much as possible no matter what I’m doing with my music. That’s the most important thing.”