Billboard charting DJ and Producer, Manuel Riva has managed to quickly become a house-hold name for the Deep House genre in his home country of Romania and worldwide, ever since he released his debut single, “Mhm Mhm”. Released by Radikal Records in 2016, “Mhm Mhm” became an international success, reaching the Top 20 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart, while topping the Shazam Charts in Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Moldavia, Armenia, Lithuania and more.
Manuel Riva’s one-of-a-kind production style could be best described as – mesmerizing vocals mixed with flirty deep-house beats, allowing listeners to escape reality through music. He presents a masterful blend of hypnotic beats and pop sensibility, with hooks that are bound to be stuck in your head after just one listening.
In 2017 Manuel Riva teamed up with fellow Romanian and award-winning singer, Alexandra Stan for their single, “Miami”. The single became another smash hit for the DJ, breaking into the Billboard Dance Club Top 10, amassing nearly 10 million views on YouTube and was selected the official anthem of the Neversea Festival.
Riva has also released two collaborative singles with vocalist Misha Miller on Radikal Records, “Sacred Touch” (2017) and “What Mama Said” (2019) both featuring music videos directed by Alex Volintiru. Listen to “What Mama Said” below:
The DJ was nominated for “Best Romanian Act” at the MTV Europe Music Awards and was featured as the opening act for the famous Untold Festival in both 2017 and 2018. Manuel Riva’s songs have been included in set-lists of renowned artist such as Tiesto, Sam Feldt, Oliver Heldens and more.
Even though he has been in the music industry for as long as he can remember, being the core producer for several successful Romanian dance acts such as Deepcentral, he debuted the Manuel Riva project, built as an alter ego of the DJ only a few years ago. More than that, “It’s a project about musical revolution made through love. My tracks are about what I’ve seen, about stories that I have lived.”
Besides the musical statement that he is making, Manuel Riva is a fashion statement made to inspire as well. He is wearing a mask at all times as an instrument against labels, a tool that won’t put him in a box.