An accomplished guitar player since his late teens, Richie started recording albums for major labels and playing international shows at age 19 in his native Costa Rica. His passion for music production led him to become a recording engineer in his early 20s and setting up his own music facility. Immediately, he started composing jingles and scoring radio and TV commercials for large advertising agencies, while writing and producing many chart-topping songs for local bands.
Out of a strong desire to improve himself, in 1999 he relocated to Orlando, Florida, where he attended Full Sail University and received a degree in Recording Arts. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a music editor at Remote Control Studios (then Media Ventures), with composers Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi and Klaus Badelt.
In 2002 he headed north to Toronto, Canada, to look for new challenges. There, he began working in sound design and music for television and video games for renowned companies, including Electronic Arts Salt Lake, under composer Chance Thomas’ direction. He wrote music for numerous EA games, including Hasbro franchises “Nerf N-Strike” and “Littlest Pet Shop”. He also collaborated on the score for “Marvel Super Hero Squad” with Australian composer Mick Gordon, and composed several tracks for Warner Chappell’s music library, which have been licensed for many TV shows in North America, Latin America and Europe.
In parallel to his music and sound design work, he was a freelance re-recording mixer and sound supervisor on hundreds of episodes of television series, documentaries and independent feature films.
For the past few years, Richie has been an Audio Director, Audio Lead and Sound Designer at videogame developer and publisher Ubisoft, working on projects like “Watch Dogs Legion”, “Watch Dogs 2”, “Assassin’s Creed Unity”, “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate” and “Splinter Cell Blacklist”. He has also continued writing songs for his solo career as a guitar player and has released four albums under his name. In addition, he has contributed with guitar performances on several records by artists and composers from all over the world.
He currently lives in Toronto with his wife Hazel and his dachshund Luna.