Going by the name Richie Ballad, a 31 year old New Jersey native. He has been producing music for a little over a year. First starting with reason 5 and then moving up to the infamous Native Instruments Maschine. He found Maschine Masters in the winter of 2012 and has been a fan ever since. His biggest inspiration is GOD (the power) and family. His biggest musical influence is the 90s hip hop golden era. He grew up in the urban jungle and hip hop has been part of his life since day one, almost like a religion. He respects all music genres and cultures from around the globe. I want to thank the competition and past winners for helping me step my game up and hope to keep battling and having fun. Thank you MaschineMasters.com for existing.