Riki is a drummer, DJ, producer, beatmaker and multi-instrumentalist. He has played with Trinity Roots, Spines and Fat Freddy’s Drop, recorded and toured with Bic Runga, been a long-time collaborator with Leila Adu and Jonathan Crayford; he’s recorded with Crowded House, produced Hollie Smith and has made lots of music of his own under the names Cave Circles, Eru Dangerspiel, DJ Oboe and others. He’s created soundscapes and worked on soundtracks and is there on so many records in your collection, no doubt. And is currently part of the fantastic Orchestra of Spheres among his many other on-the-go projects.
He’s also been a friend of mine for close to 20 years – and as mentioned in the intro here, he created the soundtrack/sting for Sweetman Podcast. He was on the list of people I wanted to talk to as soon as I started the podcast. And here, 55 episodes down, we finally found time for a chat; a really great chat – talking through all the pockets and periods of his work behind the kit or at the mixing console creating work of his own or sitting in with nearly everyone.
I know the word ‘genius’ has lost so much of its meaning but I really believe Riki is a musical genius – at his best there is no one better. We got to talk not only about the many projects he’s created or been involved in but also about mental health, the aims and drives behind music-making and the heart and soul of it all.
I always say this, I know – but I really enjoyed this conversation. And I hope you do too.
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