el cantante y compositor
Eric Matthew Rivera Montoya is a Caribbean American audio director/recording artist, better known as Eric Rivera. After years in Ohio, he packed up everything and moved to Puerto Rico, where his entire family comes from. Now, being so close to his family’s Spanish Afro-Caribbean culture, he feels he can finally bring to life a part of his identity his music was missing. In his most recent EP, Overtime, released on November 19th 2021, Rivera feels he was able to both fully explore his origins in a new light and could advocate Puerto Rico’s history with honor and purpose. He is extremely passionate about creating relevant music. His aspiration as an artist has always been to tell the story of himself and his family, including generations of his people coming from the island, and do it as authentically as possible by combining English and Spanish.
In Rivera’s 2019 body of work, Primero, the songs, “Patience”, and “Advanced Placement,” embody the hip-hop influences of his birthplace in the South Bronx, New York. His sound is constantly evolving but ranges within Spanish Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, and Classic Pop. His inspirations come from a rich catalog of music that includes iconic Boricua artists such as José Feliciano, Andres Jiménez, Héctor Lavoe, Marc Anthony, Nicky Jam and Tego Calderón. He listens to pioneers of island music such as Celia Cruz, Willie Colón, and Trio Los Condes. He also loves listening to the current artists of the caribbean like Tems, Wizkid, Popcaan, and more commercial artists such as Jhay Cortez, PartyNextDoor, Darell, Myke Towers, Bad Bunny, Almighty, The Weeknd and Drake. Rivera has been writing music since he was 12 years old. At 17 years old, he decided to pursue music seriously in Cleveland upon growing up between Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio. Now, at age 29, he is embracing the opportunity to bring Boricua and American cultures together through art with his producer Carlos Wilder.