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John Rios, better known by his artistic name “Ender”, has risen quickly to become one of Puerto Rico’s top DJs and producers carving himself a spot in the world of House and Tech-house music. Born in New York City, Ender moved to Puerto Rico at age 16, where he has lived ever since. During his childhood years he became enamored with music by listening to the sounds of disco and classic rock played by his family at home. In 1997 when he began working as a bartender at a local nightclub he was truly mesmerized by the performances of local and international DJs and artists; it was during this time that his love affair with electronic music began.In 2000 Ender started his professional career energizing the dance floors by playing the turntables in local clubs. His noteworthy talent quickly led him into his first residency at Blue Room and soon thereafter he landed his first gig when Hidden Agenda (Electronic Music Event Promotion and Production Company) booked him for his first major event. Today Ender’s accomplishments include performances alongside some of the most famous DJs in the world such as Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Bob Sinclair, Dirty South, Bob Sinclair, Felix Da Housecat, Saeed & Palash, Sandra Collins, Armin Van Buren, Prodigy, Sander Kleinenberg, Armin Van Helden and Eric Morillo among others. Ender began the production phase of his career in 2003 and spent the next year working on creating his original sound. Since then he has successfully worked with top talented labels such as Cubic (United Kingdom), New Era (United Kingdom), Wallop Recordings (United Kingdom), Selektor (Puerto Rico), CPR Recordings (England), Grooved Music (South Africa), Stranamente Music (Italy), to name a few. His productions have received the support from many important international artists such as Saeed, Tony Thomas, Cristian Cambas, The Flash Brothers, Hector Romero, Cevin Fisher, Anthony Pappa, Hernan Cattaneo and many more.
Ender has showcased his remarkable talent in international venues in countries and cities such as Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Maarten, New York, Miami and Detroit, to name a few. He has also showcased in important musical events such as Heineken’s Thirst (Arena Pier 10 – 2003, 2004 & 2005), Stereo 2005(Puerto Rico’s Electronic Music Festival), Tiesto In Search Of Sunrise 2005 (Roberto Clemente Colesium), Heineken’s Monster’s Ball (2004, 2005, 2006 & 2009), Endurance, I Heart House (official after-parties of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2005 and 2006 respectively), Ultra Music Festival 2006 (Miami, UMF Caribbean stage), Ultra Music Festival Caribbean – The Warm Up Party 2006 (Arena Pier 10), Tiesto Live at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium, February 2007 (Puerto Rico – 12,000 plus in attendance), Medalla Light Show Case 2009 (El San Juan Hotel, Puerto Rico with Dirty South and Bob Sinclair 4,000 plus in attendance), Puerto Rico Electronic Music Festival 2010 (Cueva de Camuy), and many others.
In 2007 Ender formed JER Recordings, his own Tech-house music label and the first label of its kind based in Puerto Rico. Since its launch JER Recordings has produced several events with many international and local DJs. His long-awaited debut album entitled John “Ender” Rios – Feel Me Rising was released in 2008 and is considered to be one of the finest DJ mixed CD productions released in Puerto Rico and the United States under the label JER Recordings. The album features several original songs and remixes of amazing artists such as Ektor, Itzahyana, Ivan Robles and Nashali. This solid production brings together John’s formidable talent and truly unique sounds characterized by techy electro up-beat rhythms, and the distinctive talent of these aforementioned artists to successfully deliver an exhilarating work of new age music perfect for listening or dancing.
In 2009 John transforms JER Recordings into Nocturnal Soul Productions, a Record Label/ Production Company, which has produced already several local events in venues such as The San Juan Beach Hotel in Condado, OMA in La Placita de Santurce, Pagana Lounge in Guaynabo and is currently working on upcoming events at La Concha Hotel and other locations.
Along his career Ender has also produced several original mixed CDs for brand labels such as Medalla Light and Heineken and has collaborated several of his original tracks and remixes for Scion and Dewars. His latest production for Medalla was released in the January 2010 Premium Edition of Nocturno Magazine.
You can catch Ender spinning and rocking the dance floors in several of the hottest venues in Puerto Rico such as the lobbies of La Concha Hotel, The Sheraton Convention Hotel and every lounge and electronic music events. The future for John “Ender” Rios promises yet further success, both as the solo artist he’s become, the Event Producer and the DJ we know him to be. Another album, more remixes, bigger events, definitely, the best is yet to come for this remarkable performer.