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Life & Work with AD Cinco

Today we’d like to introduce you to AD Cinco.

Hi AD, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Music composition has been a part of my life since I was five years old. My mom put a guitar in my hand and I instantly fell in love with playing. As a child, I later picked up drums and bass expanding my creative palette. My brother Nate plays the drums as well, and we used to practice playing all the time – we used to think we were The Beatles. As I transitioned into teen years, my interests began to change and I fell out of love with playing live instruments. At 15, I began to experiment with Digital Audio Workspaces like Garageband, Ableton, and Logic. From that point on, I was determined to master digital beat making and production. If it weren’t for my good childhood homies, Skiippy and Tally (who are also producers), the learning experience wouldn’t have been as enjoyable. They taught me the basics of programming, recording, mixing, and mastering. It also helped us that we have friends who rap and sing so I could have other artists put their creative spin on my work. At the same time, I was DJing and hosting parties that my homies were performing at (and still am, to this day). Here we are in 2021 and I have production credits for artists from all over the world touching multiple genres while making meaningful connections in the process.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road is never smooth, every successful artist has to make sacrifices along the way. Music is also an outlet to express my personal experiences and struggles in a positive and creative way.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a producer, so I work with all genres but I’m heavily influenced by Hip-Hop and R&B. Being from LA, west coast type beats are what I’m mostly known for. But I’ve always been more a fan of the underground SoundCloud scene, so I make a lot of that. What sets me apart is that I’m versatile and I easily adapt to other artist’s styles when collaborating.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
If you never take risks, you never really push yourself to be the best possible you. I’ve taken risks that end up in losses but at the end of the day, I’m still standing. I’ve made progress as an artist, and I’ve learned a lot about my strengths and weaknesses through the risks I’ve taken. You never know.


  • Basic Beat Lease – $50
  • Exclusive Lease – $150
  • Track Mixing – $50
  • DJ Sets – $200 / hr

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Image Credits

Personal photo: Averi Morris Purple backlit photo and Red backlit photo: Christian “Po” Camarillo DJ photo: Morgan Brown

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