The two-time Grammy nominee has had a very eclectic career that includes producing, mixing, remixing, programming, co-writing and being a musician on a range of influential artists ranging from Alanis Morissette, Coldplay, Seal, BT, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cirque du Soleil, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Townshend of The Who to mention only a few. He has also made records with a slew of notable producers, including Trevor Horn, Marius de Vries David Foster, Rob Cavallo and Don Was.
Carmen also has had an extremely credible career as a recording artist with his current cd “The Lost Art of the Idle Moment” (The Lab/Universal). His first solo album is a lush, cinematic, beat-driven disc that features collaborations with a wide range of guest vocalists including Esthero, Jem, Kate Havnevik, Ladybug Mecca (The Digable Planets), Grant Lee Phillips, Thomas Heinrich, Alpha and Deidre Dubois. USA Today featured the album with his picture on the cover of The Life sections as their #1 pick for there fall music guide. Songs from the album have been licensed to TV shows The O.C., Windfall & Commander in Chief. Tastemakers Jason Bentley, Nic Harcourt & Ann Litt from L.A. radio station KCRW championed the disc before he even had a record deal. The album debuted at #2 on their album chart as well as Sirus & XM Satellite radio.
His other side project Niyaz (Six Degrees) with Azam Ali & Loga Ramin Torkian is a world beat/electronic fusion; “Blending Indian & Persian exoticism and beats that are state of the art” says Billboard. The album which came out in 2005 debuted at #1 on the iTunes world music chart and has also been featured on NPR’s “Day to Day” & PRI “ Voice of America”. The band has been successful touring all over the world playing in India, Tokyo, France, Turkey, Spain, Montreal, Vancouver, and all over the USA. The album was in many top critics top ten albums of the year.
The quality and eclecticism will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Rizzo’s work. In 2000, Rizzo’s band project, Povi (Nettwerk), released its first disc, a down-tempo electronic record in the style of Portishead and Massive Attack.
His first break came producing Kristin Vigard in 1990 for Private Music/ BMG, which helped him break into a Los Angeles music scene that included up-and-coming musicians such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, N’dea Davenport of The Brand New Heavies, Jill Jones and Amp Fiddler which all entered into successful careers. Since then, he’s been in high demand as a producer, mixer and remixer.