Rhyot (pronounced "riot") is an American electronic music producer, DJ, musician based in Toronto, Ontario. Rhyot produces a variety of styles typically within the progressive house, electro house, and techno genres of electronic music. Following his acclaimed university rein as “UNH‘s DJ” and performing alongside Grammy-winning artist Morgan Page in 2013, Rhyot shifted his attention from the booth to the studio and began producing original music. In early 2018, Rhyot launched independent electronic music imprint, Emercive Recordings with its debut compilation, Converge, Vol. 1. In April 2018, Rhyot's elaborate single Army of the Dead released globally with support from Canadian producer, deadmau5. In October 2018, Emercive’s Converge, Vol. 2 topped multiple Beatport release charts, solidifying the label’s position in the electronic music market. Rhyot's sights are set upon forthcoming releases and original music performances in North America.
Rhyot, born as Garrett J. Finn, first began his musical career as a basement drummer in his hometown of Lebanon, NH, playing alternative rock music with his younger brother, electric guitarist, Danny Finn. Thorough the mid to late 2000s, his musical tastes broadened to include electronic music from the stylings of ATB, The Prodigy, Tïesto, and the newly-budding deadmau5, though, electronica in rural New Hampshire wasn't common to come across. What began as simple experimentation with a modest $100 DJ controller continued to entirely redirect his future.
During his undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire, Finn spent many weekend nights in the booth of the college radio station, learning from the DJ that was a sort of hometown hero to the small but growing electronic music community within the student populace. Transitioning a few months of behind-closed-doors practice to his first live set in a tightly-packed fraternity house, the hook was set. After a handful of successful events to follow, Finn took on the Rhyot moniker and began shaping his identity as a performer with great appreciation for technical quality and musical selection. Though his second and third years in school, his reputation had gained some notoriety both with partygoers and with the local police, who weren't so fond of the loud and populated gatherings. The name Rhyot had gotten around socially, trials of merchandising had been sold at-cost to friends and listeners, and a few valuable connections were made. After joining forces with an aspiring lighting tech, Cody Balin, of The Party People, the two had paired high-quality visual production with the energetic music that was dominating North American nightlife.
Rhyot established a sturdy local fanbase, and was dubbed "UNH's DJ" by a regional news publication called The New Hampshire. In Spring of 2013, Rhyot was approached by a top-tier event production company, NV Concepts, to provide local support for a fundraising show in the wake of the Boston Marathon attack. Rhyot elected to perform a for-charity tag-team set alongside his close friend and frequent back-to-back performer, Curtis "Lushous" Lush. The two joined a heavy-hitting lineup featuring DSK CHK, Kap Slap, Tommie Sunshine, and Grammy-nominated producer, Morgan Page in their major event debut.
After graduating in May of 2013, Finn remained on the seacoast of New Hampshire, but greatly shifted his attention to an early form of a music production studio in a self-guided study of the craft. In mid 2014, Finn relocated to South Florida in search of a more suitable environment for his pursuits. Through the end of 2015, he had worked for five different nightclubs, mostly in operations rather than in performance, but managed to secure his first club residency in West Palm Beach, Florida.
In December of 2015, acquaintance and world-reknowned didgeridoo sound therapist, Joseph Carringer, asked Finn to stand in and perform for a gig with his electronic-fusion project, Table Syndicate. Finn joined Carringer at Disney's Epcot, in Kissimmee, Florida, combining live-composed electronic music atop the cutting-edge Reactable Live platform with the ancestral sounds of didgeridoo accompaniment. Finn went on to collaborate, songwrite, produce, and remix with Table Syndicate for a large portion of 2016, then based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Table Syndicate's official remix of UK-based artist Sheila Gordhan's ‘Smile’ rode alongside remixes by other artists including Roger Sanchez and Chris Cox to a peak position of #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart. Other Billboard associations included an official bootleg of Empire of the Sun's platinum record, ‘Walking On A Dream’, which also peaked at #1 on Dance Club Songs, two remixes of Philip George & Dragonette's ‘Feel This Way’ which peaked at #5 on the same chart, and an official remix of Michelle Obama and Dianne Warren's ‘This Is For My Girls’, performed by Kelly Clarkson, Chloe and Halle, Missy Elliott, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, and Zendaya, which peaked at #1 on Billboard's Twitter Trending Chart, and at #5 on the Dance Club Songs chart. The Table Syndicate original EP Jivana released on JHP Studios in December of 2016, contained also in the later-arriving LP Game of Life.
Through the winter and into 2017, Finn returned to original solo production in Florida, preparing a catalogue of original music. In December of 2017, a preview of Rhyot's then unreleased ‘Army of the Dead’, was featured in an online live-streamed video by world-reknowned electronic music artist, deadmau5. Deadmau5 went on to tweet a link to the unreleased song with a selection of other music by various artists to his Twitter, which generated a high volume of traffic. Finn captured and posted a segment of the stream to his YouTube channel, which has since gathered over 94,000 views.
In early 2018, Finn launched his own imprint, Emercive Recordings, a not-for-profit electronic music record label designed to break industry norms and create a highly-supportive home for rising artists. On March 23, 2018, Emercive (pronounced 'immersive') officially launched with the worldwide release of its debut compilation EP, Converge, Vol. 1. The record contained five tracks by various artists, including Rhyot's original music debut track, 'Meld'.
On April 06, Rhyot’s ‘Army of the Dead’ was officially released as Emercive’s second record. Support of the single had been growing in the months prior and helped to carry the track forward as the label’s all-time bestselling release to date. Three months later, 28mm (Krafted, Understated) joined the artist roster at Emercive, and with that, signed his debut EP, Companion, and a follow-up remix EP, Re: Companion, which contained Rhyot’s remix of ‘What Do You Call It’, alongside another remix by LUNR (mau5trap, Understated).
Emercive’s eleventh release, Converge, Vol. 2, released worldwide October 26, 2018, containing Rhyot’s ‘Siege of Tyre’ as one of the full-length compilation album’s ten tracks. The second instalment of the series saw the introduction of four new artists to the label’s 2018 roster.
For more information about Emercive, visit www.emercive.com.
Photo Credit: Lee Le, 2017; Mia Donna Maneer, 2016; Brice Maloney, 2013;
Events: Photo #2 - Quantum presented by Centrifuge Thursdays & 2Step Tuesdays, 2017, Pittsburgh, PA;
Photo #3 - Wild On: UNH, presented by NV Concepts, 2013, Durham, NH