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Carlos Niño
Birth nameCarlos Gabriel Niño
Also known asCarlos Niño
Born (1977-02-16) February 16, 1977 (age 47)
OriginSanta Monica, California
Years active1995–present

Carlos Gabriel Niño (born February 16, 1977) is a Californian music producer, percussionist, performer, arranger, composer, musician, programmer, radio host, DJ, music consultant, poet, and event organizer, based in his hometown of Woodland Hills, California.[1][2] Niño has been involved in the production of more than 150 records and has toured with various bands and as a DJ throughout Europe, Japan and the United States.


Niño started his first radio show All At One Point at KPFK 90.7 FM, Los Angeles in October 1995 after volunteering at the station as a junior reporter and producer from Summer 1994. All At One Point was focused on "Hip-Hop, Soul, Jazz, and World Rhythms." While hosting the show on Wednesdays from 8pm–10pm Pacific, Niño played his favorite contemporary artists and featured live in studio performances and interviews with both established and up and coming artists and bands, and DJs. DJ Organic, Hymnl and Jon Liu all co-hosted the show with him at different times from 1995–1998.

In October 1999, after a 6-month hiatus (following the birth of his son), he returned to KPFK with a new sound and vision: Spaceways Radio. On this program he explored Psychedelic, Electronic, Folk, New Age, and World Musics, and created specials dedicated to individual artists and bands, phases of the Zodiac, and years past. Spaceways Radio aired: Sundays 10pm–Midnight (1999–2003), Fridays 8pm–10pm (2004–2009), and Sundays 10pm–Midnight (2010–2015). The last Spaceways Radio broadcast was Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Niño was the Host and DJ of other music programs on KPFK at the same time that All At One Point and Spaceways aired, including Saturdays and Rise. He is a founding and contributing DJ / producer of Dublab Internet Radio Station. He was a monthly contributor to David Lynch's Transcendental Radio, and Scion Radio, and has made several special mixes for the BBC and Red Bull Music Academy Radio.

Carlos Niño & Friends[edit]

This is the highly collaborative, on-going project that Niño has been most focused on as a recording artist and producer since he started it in 2008. In the 2017 Bandcamp Article by Will Schube,[3] Niño says:

"the '& Friends' concept is really about me doing whatever I want creatively, with whoever I want. Just really freeing it up. These are the people I'm closest with personally. They're literally my closest friends. They're on the record because of that, and because they're among my favorite musicians and people to collaborate with."


Carlos Niño & Friends[edit]

  • High With A Little Help From (Plug Research US / Kindred Spirits EU 2009)
  • Aquariusssssss (Porter, 2012)
  • Aurorasmushroomtenderness (self-released, 2014)
  • Flutes, Echoes, It's All Happening! (Leaving, 2016)
  • Going Home (Leaving, 2017)
  • Live At The World Stage (Leaving, 2018)
  • Bliss On Dear Oneness (Leaving, 2019)
  • Actual Presence (self-released via Bandcamp, 2020)[1]
  • More Energy Fields, Current (International Anthem, 2021)[4]
  • Extra Presence (International Anthem, 2022)
  • (I'm just) Chillin', on Fire (International Anthem, 2023)

With Miguel Atwood-Ferguson[edit]

  • Chicago Waves (International Anthem, 2020) – with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson[5]
  • Chicago Waves Remixes (International Anthem, 2020) – Four remixes made with music originally composed and recorded by Niño and Atwood-Ferguson for Chicago Waves

Other music projects[edit]

  • Ammoncontact – co-founder, producer, artist
  • Build An Ark – founder, producer, band leader
  • Carlos Niño & Friends – producer, artist
  • Raindiance / You're Suspended with Sam Gendel – producer, co-mixer, percussion
  • Die Cut by Cut Chemist – associate producer
  • Dexter Story
    • Seasons – co-producer
    • Wondem – co-producer
    • Bahir – co-producer
  • Horace by Dwight Trible – co-producer
  • Gaby Hernandez
    • When Love – co-producer, co-composer
    • Spirit Reflection – co-producer, co-composer
  • Go: Organic Orchestra – co-producer, promoter
  • Hu Vibrational – co-Founder, producer
  • Black Space Tapes by Jamael Dean – co-producer, co-mixer, percussion
  • Jamael Dean & The AfroNauts – percussion
  • Bring on the Sun and Sun Gong by Laraaji – co-producer, co-mixer
  • The Life Force Trio – founder, co-producer, co-composer[6]
    • Love is the Answer by Dwight Trible & the Life Force Trio (2005) – co-producer, co-composer[7]
    • Living Room (2006)[6]
  • The Masses – composer, DJ
  • GEA by Mia Doi Todd – co-producer
  • The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble – percussion
  • Nate Mercereau Sundays – co-producer, musician
  • Nate Mercereau & Carlos Niño – co-producer, artist
  • Photay with Carlos Niño – co-producer, artist
  • Rainbow Revisited – producer, artist
  • The Sound of L.A. – co-executive producer, project coordinator
  • Spaceways Radio Collage – producer, artist
  • Spaceways Radio Remix – producer
  • Turn On The Sunlight – co-founder, co-producer, artist
  • What's The Science? – co-founder, producer, artist
  • André 3000


  1. ^ a b "Carlos Niño & Friends: Actual Presence". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  2. ^ Orlov, Piotr (14 April 2016). "Review: Carlos Niño & Friends, 'Flutes, Echoes, It's All Happening!'". NPR. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  3. ^ "The New Age Spirituality of Producer Carlos Niño". Bandcamp Daily. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  4. ^ "Carlos Niño & Friends: More Energy Fields, Current". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  5. ^ "Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Carlos Niño: Chicago Waves review: John Lewis's contemporary album of the month". The Guardian. July 10, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "The Life Force Trio: Living Room". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  7. ^ "Dwight Trible & The Life Force Trio - Love Is the Answer - Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 2022-02-16. Retrieved 2022-04-07.

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