DJ Riddler

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DJ Riddler
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DJ Riddler performing live.
Background information
Birth name Richie Pangilinan
Also known as DJ Rich, The Riddler
Born Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Dance
Occupations DJ, producer, remixer
Years active 1987–present
Labels Tommy Boy
Strictly Hype
Associated acts Al B. Rich, MYNT

DJ Riddler (born Richie Pangilinan in Chicago, Illinois) is an American dance DJ, producer and remixer on New York City's WKTU 103.5FM, WHTZ 100.3FM and on KKHH "Hot 95.7 FM" in Houston. He became the first Asian-American and Filipino-American mixshow DJ to be on commercial radio in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and New York City. DJ Riddler is also part of the group MYNT who had several hits including "How Did You Know", "Stay" and "Still Not Sorry". DJ Riddler has released over 19 commercial mix compilations on such record labels as Tommy Boy Records, Strictly Hype Records (SHR), MCA Records and Ultra Records selling over one-million copies.


He began his career in Houston, Texas back in 1987[1] working for a rhythmic top 40 station KNRJ under a different DJ name, DJ Rich. However, his break into the radio world was when in 1993, joined KRBE 104.1 FM under Tom Poleman and Paul "Cubby" Bryant. From there he held radio mixshows with KHFI-Austin and KTFM-San Antonio. In 1995, he left Texas for New York City to work for WHTZ-Z100 and Tommy Boy Records.

While at Tommy Boy Records, Rich Pangilinan was credited for his work on the platinum selling Jock Jam Megamix and Jock Jams compilations. The Jock Jam Megamix was one of the first legalized mash-ups to sell over 500,000 copies according to soundscan in the late 1990s. In addition, he helped get another Filipino-American dance artist Jocelyn Enriquez signed to Tommy Boy Records in 1997. In 2003, Rich Pangilinan was the executive producer for Jocelyn Enriquez third album All My Life.

Rich Pangilinan has also held positions at Capitol Records, MCA Records, and Ultra Records in A&R, Marketing, and Radio & Club Promotions.

On New York radio, Rich Pangilinan became the First Asian-American Mixshow DJ. DJ Rich started on New York's Top 40 station Z100 every weekend with his Planet Z radio Mixshow featuring the current club hits. In 2000, Rich Pangilinan was moved to WKTU 103.5 FM from Z100 and was given the name DJ Riddler. His radio mixshow on WKTU quickly became noticed and have won several awards like Best Radio Mixshow DJ at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami, Florida during the Winter Music Conference in 2001 and again in 2003.

In 2003, DJ Riddler joined Sirius Satellite Radio and was given his own show called Riddler Remixed on The Beat 36. On November 12, 2008, Sirius-XM replaced The Beat with BPM and took Riddler Remixed off the air. On August 8, 2009, Sirius-XM brought back The Riddler on BPM on the show Adrenaline.

Rich Pangilinan is also part of the production team Al B. Rich along with Albert Castillo that produced MYNT and other artists. In 2007, DJ Riddler along with his partner Albert Castillo also produced the song "The Anthem" for Pitbull feat. Lil Jon, which appears on Pitbull's album The Boatlift. He was also asked by Disney Films to create a megamix similar to the Jock Jams in 2007 for the film "High School Musical".

In July 2008, DJ Riddler returned to Houston on the new KKHH Hot 95.7 FM and can be heard every week day for the Hot Mix at 5.

In 2011, The Riddler was nominated again for Best Radio Mixshow DJ at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami, Florida during the Winter Music Conference along with Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Above and Beyond, Markus Schulz, Dennis Ruyer, Pete Tong

May 2011, Riddler's show on Sirius-XM was changed to Riddler's Revolution and featured weekly Guest DJs including for the first time DJ R3hab Zedd Nervo and more.

In August 2010, The Riddler was named Best Mixshow DJ 2011 at the Promo Only Summer Sessions/DJ Times Convention in Atlantic City. He also won that title in 2011 and 2013.

In 2012, The Riddler was nominated again for Best Radio Mixshow DJ and Best Podcast at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami, Florida during the Winter Music Conference.

April 2012, Riddler left Sirius-XM and took his Revolution show to IHeartRadio Club Phusion. He also released another commercial CD compilation called Dance Mix USA: In the Club, Vol. 2 on Phase One

October 2012, Riddler released his Solo EP Enigma on Soltrenz/ Strictly Rhythm which featured the vocals from DreamRoc'a, Dragonfly, Nick Fowler, & Jay R.

January 2013, The Riddler was nominated for the second straight year Best Podcast at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami, Florida during the Winter Music Conference.


Mixed compilations[edit]

Year Title Label
2000 MTV: Grind, Vol. 1 Tommy Boy Records
Planet Dance Tommy Boy Records
2001 Club Series, Vol. 4 Strictly Hype Records (SHR)
Club Series, Vol. 5 Strictly Hype Records (SHR)
Dance Mix NYC Tommy Boy Records
2002 Dance Mix NYC, Vol. 2 Tommy Boy Records
2002 Club Nation America. Vol. 2 MCA/Ministry Of Sound
2003 Dance Mix NYC, Vol. 3 Tommy Boy Records
Dance Mix NYC, Vol. 4 Tommy Boy Records
Rewind: Greatest Party Hits Tommy Boy Records
2004 Dance Mix NYC, Vol. 5 Tommy Boy Records
2005 Ultra.Dance 06 Ultra Records
Ultra.Trance:5 Ultra Records
2006 Club Anthems Vol. 3 Ultra Records
2007 Ultra.Dance 08 Ultra Records
2008 Ultra 2009 Ultra Records
2012 Dance Mix USA: In the Club, Vol. 2 Phase One

Also appears on[edit]

Year Title Label
1997 Jock Jams, Volume 3 Tommy Boy Records
2003 Deborah Cox: Remixed J Records


Year Title Label
2010 "Higher" (feat. Craig Smart) Amerada Music[2]
2012 Enigma EP Soltrenz/Strictly Rhythm[2]



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