Michael Wyckoff

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Michael Wyckoff
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Birth nameMichael Everett Wyckoff
Also known asR!OT
Born (1994-03-05) March 5, 1994 (age 30)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
  • Film Music
  • Soundtrack
  • EDM
  • Classical
  • Pop
  • R&B
  • Composer
  • Record producer
  • Piano
  • Trumpet
  • Synthesizer
  • Ocarina
  • Sony Music
  • Republic Records
  • Hundredup
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CitizenshipUnited States of America

Michael Everett Wyckoff (born March 5, 1994) is an American Film Composer, record producer, and pianist. He is also known by his stage name R!OT. Among his credits are Boneworks,[1] Pitch Perfect 3, and Over The Moon (2020 film). He has a music recording certification record for the single "The War (album)", obtained in 2017.[2]

Life and career

Wyckoff was born and grew up in the Los Angeles community of Van Nuys. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 4. Wyckoff attended California State University Northridge for Film Scoring.

In 2012, Wyckoff started his R!OT project by launching the youtube channel "riotedm", and began uploading original music and remixes performed on the Novation Launchpad. His videos gained popularity,[3] giving him over 300,000 subscribers as of 2020. In 2014, his unofficial remix of Animals (Martin Garrix song) went viral and gained over 75 million views across various online platforms.

In 2013, Wyckoff met Brandon Laatsch. Wyckoff scored various films for Laatsch, and in 2016 Laatsch formed the video game company "Stress Level Zero" alongside Alex Knoll. Wyckoff was brought on as their composer[4] to write the soundtracks for Hover Junkers (2016), Duck Season (2017), and Boneworks (2019) with Jonathan LaMarche. Boneworks received high sales and acclaim, becoming the highest selling VR game at that date,[5]

In 2013, Wyckoff was introduced to Christina Grimmie through a mutual friend, Jonathan LaMarche, and joined her touring band; he contributed keyboards so Christina, a known pianist, could focus on singing and interacting with the crowd. In 2014 his song with Miles Pinto, "Rinse It", was featured in the film Moms' Night Out. In 2015 he was asked by Toyota to create original music using only sounds recorded at their production facilities for their Gifony campaign. In 2016, Wyckoff produced the official remix of Fool's Gold (Aaron Carter song)|Fool's Gold by Aaron Carter, as well as Sit Still, Look Pretty (album) by Daya.[6] The R!OT remix of Sit Still, Look Pretty was featured in the New York Times.[7] R!OT was also asked to remix Keiynan Lonsdale's "Higher","All of Us", and Jayceeoh's "Elevate".

In 2016 R!OT performed at Entertainment Weekly's Popfest, performing in between JoJo and Tove Lo. In 2017 Wyckoff produced official remixes for both Aaron Carter's Love (Aaron Carter EP) [8] on Sony Records and Christina Grimmie's Invisible (Christina Grimmie song) on Republic records.

In 2017, Wyckoff was signed by Harvey Mason Jr. as a producer, and joined Mason's team in Korea to co-produce various Kpop tracks. Wyckoff, along with Mason and his team, wrote "Diamond" by EXO (band) which peaked at no. 1 on billboard, was no 1. on itunes in 51 countries and sold over 2 million physical copies,[9] "Vroom Vroom" by EXO-CBX which peaked at no. 2 on billboard and no.1 on itunes in 36 countries,[10] "Butterflies" by Red Velvet which peaked at no. 1 on billboard,[11] and "Hands on Me" which was featured on the tv show Produce 101.

In 2017 Wyckoff contributed music to Pitch Perfect 3 as well as programmed the Launchpad light sequences for all of Anna Kendrick's Launchpad scenes in the film. Wyckoff also contributed music to the films All Rise (film), Valley Girl (2020 film) and Over the Moon (2020 film).

In 2018 Wyckoff composed the score for the Brian Skiba film, Chokehold. In 2018 Wyckoff produced "New Heroes" by Ten with Jon Asher and Shawn Hook, which peaked on Billboard at no. 4,[12] and "Honest" by Key_(entertainer)|Key with Jon Asher and Dylan Bernard, which peaked on Billboard at no. 9.[13] Also In 2018, his Launchpad work as R!OT was featured in the documentary Pad Culture alongside other electronic artists Madeon, M4SONIC, Nev, Exige, and Kaskobi. In 2018 he released his collaboration with DMC world champion Yuto, "Inari", on Oyotodayo Records. Inari was featured in the Survios game "Electronauts".

In 2019 he scored the film Morok. His self titled track "R!OT" was featured in Season 1, episode 2 of Whiskey Cavalier. Also in 2019 his R!OT project was signed to Harvey Mason Jr.'s label Hundredup. His first EP under the label, "Hopeless", featured Jake Barker and Paula DeAnda. In 2020 he co-scored the Bruce Willis film Hard Kill with Rhyan D'Errico and Jared Forman. He also produced the Tao single "Ice Cream" with Ryan Yoo and Fei Yu. He co-produced Christina Grimmie's posthumous single "Cry Wolf" with Marcus Grimmie and Jonathan LaMarche[14]

Production credits

Film credits

Year Song Artist
2017 The War (album) EXO (band)
2018 Face (Key album) Key (entertainer)
2018 RBB (EP) Red Velvet (group)
2018 Blooming Days EXO-CBX
2018 Hands On Me Produce 101
2020 Huang Zitao Tao
Year Title Director Studio(s)
2014 Moms' Night Out Erwin Brothers Affirm Films
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 Trish Sie Universal Pictures
2017 Chokehold Brian Skiba Filmpool
2018 All Rise Anthony Mandler Entertainment Studios
2020 Morok Daria Nazarova
2020 Over The Moon Glen Keane Netflix
2020 Valley Girl Rachel Lee Goldenberg Lionsgate Films
2020 Hard Kill Matt Eskandari Emmett/Furla Oasis

Television credits

Year Title Studio(s) Notes
2018 Whiskey Cavalier ABC N/A

Video games

Year Title Developer Notes
2016 Hover Junkers Stress Level Zero Composer
2017 Duck Season Stress Level Zero Composer
2019 Electronauts Survios Licensed "Inari"
2019 Boneworks Stress Level Zero Composer

Selected R!OT Discography

  • Fool's Gold (Aaron Carter song)”(2016) - R!OT Remix
  • Invisible (Christina Grimmie song)” (2017) - R!OT Remix
  • Sit Still, Look Pretty (album) (2016)” - R!OT Remix
  • Love (Aaron Carter EP)| (2017) - R!OT Remix
  • Wake Up to the Music (with Patrick John Lu) (2017)[15]
  • Inari (with Yuto) (2018)
  • Sometimes Kinda of Love (with Jake Barker) (2019)
  • Hopeless (with Jake Barker & Paula DeAnda) (2020)
  • All Night in Brooklyn (with Jake Barker) (2020)[16]

In the media



  1. "Boneworks Review - IGN" – via www.ign.com.
  2. Herald, The Korea (December 11, 2017). "EXO's 'The War' goes platinum, and beyond". www.koreaherald.com.
  3. "Melodics - Melodics artists". www.melodics.com.
  4. Staff, VRGear (February 21, 2020). "Boneworks Now on Oculus Rift Platform".
  5. https://www.roadtovr.com/boneworks-sales-first-week-milestone/#:~:text=Action%2Dphysics%20adventure%20game%20Boneworks,of%20several%20key%20VR%20platforms.
  6. "Daya - Sit Still, Look Pretty (R!OT Remix)". October 4, 2016.
  7. Caramanica, Jon (October 21, 2016). "Sure, Daya Wants to Visit the Club. But She Doesn't Want to Live There. (Published 2016)" – via NYTimes.com.
  8. https://open.spotify.com/track/0UZVcWeP9GRzMvRD3yYTT3?si=A-zLh23jRQiSfXOYRAa-kw
  9. https://www.billboard.com/music/exo/chart-history/world-albums/song/1036238
  10. https://www.billboard.com/music/EXO-CBX/chart-history/WLP
  11. "Red Velvet's 'RBB' Earns Group's Biggest U.S. Album Sales Week, First No. 1 on World Digital Song Sales". Billboard.
  12. "World Digital Song Sales Chart". Billboard.
  13. "KEY!". Billboard.
  14. "Christina Grimmie's Family Announces Release Date For Anticipated Single 'Cry Wolf'". Access.
  15. Odutola, Tayo (December 2, 2017). "R!OT & Patrick John Lu take it back to the 80s for "Wake Up to the Music"". EARMILK.
  16. "R!OT x Jake Barker 'Right Now' : Vibrant pop tune can't but get you up and dancing". August 3, 2020.

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