Carlos Gabriel Niño

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Carlos Gabriel Niño
Carlos Nino with Bells and Gong.jpg
Background information
Birth nameCarlos Gabriel Niño
Also known asCarlos Niño
Born (1977-02-16) February 16, 1977 (age 43)
OriginSanta Monica, California
Occupation(s)Producer, Musician, DJ, Composer, Special Events
InstrumentsVocals, Turntables, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Percussion
Years active1995–present
LabelsAll Saints, Alpha Pup, Anandamide, Eastern Developments, International Anthem, Kindred Spirits, Leaving Records, Ninja Tune, Plant Bass, Plug Research, P-Vine, Soul Jazz, Stones Throw, Warp
Associated actsCarlos Niño & Friends
Theme Galaxy (on Dublab)
Build An Ark(2001 - 2011)
Turn On The Sunlight

Carlos Gabriel Niño (born 16 February 1977) is an 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] He has been an important force in the contemporary independent music scene since 1995, and is Internationally celebrated for his work. A prolific artist, 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 8:00pm – 10:00pm Pacific, Niño showcased his favorite contemporary artists and featured live in studio performances and interviews with a wide variety of legends, 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 Azul,) 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 10:00pm - Midnight 1999 - 2003, Fridays 8:00pm – 10:00pm 2004 - 2009, and Sundays 10:00pm - Midnight 2010 - 2015. The last Spaceways Radio broadcast was Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Guest DJs, Interviewees, Live Performers, and Contributors included: A Tribe Called Quest, Abstract Tribe Unique, Adam Rudolph, Afrika Bambaataa, Airto Moreira, Aklia, Alan Lightner, Allan Larman, Alex Désert, Alfred Madain, Andrea Miller, Andres Renteria, Andy Bey, Andy "Spaceboy Boogie X" Perez, Angelo Moore, ArtDontSleep, Arthur Verocai, Austin Peralta, Aztlan Unearthed, Azul Niño, B+, Babalade Olamina, Badaue, Barry Smolin, Bennie Maupin, Big Black, Billy Higgins, Blk Sonshine, Bobbito Garcia, Boss Harmony, Brandon Coleman, Brandon Eugene Owens, Brandy Flower, Brian Jackson, Brother J, Build An Ark, Buyepongo, Caracol Marketplace, Carla Niño, Carmen Lundy, Charles Owens, Chris Abani, Chris Vagnoni, Christopher Garcia, Chuck Foster, Cinespia, Claudia Niño, Cokni O'Dire, Cool Chris, Country Joe McDonald, Cut Chemist, Daedelus, Damon Aaron, Dante Carfagna, David Crosby, De La Soul, Derf Reklaw, Devin Flynn, Dexter Story, Didjeridan, Divine Styler, DJ Shadow, Dntel, Domingo Siete, Domu, Don Hernandez, Donovan, Douglas Mcgowan, Dublab, Dusk, Dwight Trible, Eben Rey, Eddie Kramer, The Entrance Band, Ernesto Potdevin Jr., Eugene McDaniels, Fabian Ammon, Fabiano Do Nascimento, Farmer Dave Scher, Flying Lotus, Fred C, Freak Beat, Freestyle Fellowship, Frosty, Gaby Hernandez, Garth Trinidad, Gary Garay, Gary Bartz, Gaslamp Killer, GB, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Gil Scott-Heron, Global Flowtations, Harout Arakelian, Horace Tapscott, Hoseh, Iasos, J Dilla, J.Rocc, Jackson Allers, James Richards, Jason Samuels Smith, Jaya Daniel, Jazzy Jay, Jennifer Kiser, Jesse Sharps, Jesse Peterson, Jesson Duller, JMD, John Densmore, John Michael Daniel, John Rangel, John Wyatt, Jon Liu, Joshua Abrams, Juno Lewis, Kamasi Washington, Kamau Daaood, Kathy Lo, Kevin Ramos, Kool Herc, Kutmah, Languis, Laraaji, The Last Poets, Leon Mobley & Da Lion, Lil Sci, Linda Perhacs, Liza Vosbigian, Lonnie Marshall, Los Munequitos De Matanzas, Low Res, Luis Pérez Ixoneztli, Madlib, Maggie LePique, Maia, Mansoor Sabbagh, Marcos Frommer, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Mark Maxwell, Mark Torres, Marshall Allen, Marvski, Mary Reich, Matt Robinson, Medusa, Mia Doi Todd, Michael Session, Michael White, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Mike Ladd, Mike Nardone, Miles Tackett, Mission:, Mix Master Wolf, The Mizell Brothers, Mochilla, Moon Block Party, Mos Def, Mulatu Astatke, Mumbles, Naila Azad, Najite Agindotan, Nanny Cantaloupe, Nate Morgan, Nedra Wheeler, Nobody, Nu-Mark, Omid, Organic, Organized Konfusion, Paul Livingstone, Peter Harris, Pharoah Sanders, Phil Ranelin, Prefuse 73, Prince Paul, Quartetto Fantastico, Rani De Leon, Ras G, Ric Wilson, Rich Jacobs, Richard Edson, Rob One, Rob Sevier, Roberto Miranda, Rosamonde Goulet, S. Pearl Sharp, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Sarah Feinstein, Sacred, Sach, Saul Williams, Seiji, Serge Berliawsky, Sesqui, Sister Somayah Kambui, The Soul Children, Spacek, Stevie Gurr, T-Love, Talib Kweli, Temple Bar, Terry Callier, Terry Guy, Terry Robinson, Tomas Palermo, Trevor Ware, Turquoise Wisdom, Ujamaa, Ursula Rucker, Vanka, Waberi Jordan, The Watts Prophets, White Magic, Yaakov Levy, Yusef Lateef

Carlos 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 BBC, Red Bull Music Academy Radio and other stations in Europe and Japan.

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.” The Carlos Niño & Friends Instagram account has posted numerous stories of several up and coming projects in 2021. As of now, he has released:

  • Actual Presence - Self-Released via Bandcamp 2020
  • Bliss On Dear Oneness - Leaving Records 2019
  • Live At The World Stage - Leaving Records 2018
  • Going Home - Leaving Records 2017
  • Flutes, Echoes, It's All Happening! - Leaving Records 2016
  • Aurorasmushroomtenderness - Self-Released 2014
  • Aquariusssssss - Porter Records 2012
  • High With A Little Help From - Plug Research US / Kindred Spirits EU 2009


  • Ammoncontact - Co-Founder / Producer / Artist
  • Build An Ark - Founder / Producer / Band Leader
  • Carlos Niño & Friends - Producer / Artist
  • Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Co-Producer / Artist
  • Carlos Niño & Sam Gendel RAINDIANCE - Producer / Co-Mixer / Artist
  • Cinespia - DJ
  • Cut Chemist DIE CUT - Associate Producer
  • The Del Monte Speakeasy - Booking / Special Event Producer
  • Dexter Story SEASONS / WONDEM - Co-Producer
  • Dublab - Founding DJ / Event Producer
  • Dwight Trible HORACE - Co-Producer
  • Dwight Trible & The Life Force Trio LOVE IS THE ANSWER - Co-Producer / Co-Composer
  • Gaby Hernandez WHEN LOVE / SWEET STARRY NIGHT / SPIRIT REFLECTION - Co-Producer / Co-Composer
  • Go: Organic Orchestra - Co-Producer / Promoter
  • Hu Vibrational - Co-Founder / Producer
  • Iasos - Business Manager (2011 - present)
  • Jamael Dean BLACK SPACE TAPES - Co-Producer / Co-Mixer / Percussion
  • Jamael Dean & The AfroNauts - Percussion
  • KPFK - Volunteer Programmer, Host and DJ (1995 - 2015)
  • Laraaji BRING ON THE SUN and SUN GONG - Co-Producer / Co-Mixer
  • The Life Force Trio - Founder / Co-Producer / Co-Composer
  • The Masses - Composer / DJ
  • Mia Doi Todd GEA - Co-Producer
  • The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble - Percussion
  • Moon Juice - Director of In-Store Music for all locations (from Opening - 2019)
  • Nate Mercereau & Carlos Niño - Co-Producer / Artist
  • Sam Gendel & Carlos Niño YOU'RE SUSPENDED - Percussion
  • The Sound Of L.A. - Co-Executive Producer / Project Coordinator
  • Spaceways Radio - Founder / Producer / Host / DJ
  • Spaceways Radio Collage - Producer / Artist
  • Spaceways Radio Remix - Producer
  • Temple Bar Concepts - Booking / Special Event Producer
  • Third Side Music Publishing - Artist
  • Travis Lett Restaurant Group (Gjelina, GTA, Gjusta, MNT) - Music Director (2017 - 2020)
  • Turn On The Sunlight - Co-Founder / Co-Producer / Artist
  • What's The Science? - Co-Founder / Producer / Artist


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