Their names are Anthony Riggi and James Piros— but you can call them by what their fans scream: Riggi and Piros.
With well over 66 thousand followers on their “verified” Instagram, wrecked repeat buttons on SoundCloud, and a record deal with Armada Music—record label that is home to names like Hardwell and Armin van Buuren—DJ duo Riggi and Piros seem to be dropping beats and taking names wherever they go.
Riggi, one half of the musical pair, took the time to explain the journey that turned their last names into headlines.
Born and raised Jersey boys, the two grew up just shy of an hour north from Monmouth County in Clifton, where years trace back to their first encounter in first grade.
It all started where most premature friendships begin: At recess over a friendly game of basketball, when they were just “Anthony” and “James.”
What set this friendship apart from other elementary interactions was not only their instant connection, but also their passion for all things music at such a young age.
“Since I can remember, our whole lives revolved around music. We were, and still are, completely obsessed,” Riggi said. “We started to play instruments and joined the school band in elementary school.”
Continuing down memory lane, Riggi went on, “When we were 17, back in 2012, we started DJing and producing music together and clearly, named ourselves Riggi & Piros.”
A year later, after releasing a handful of free music on their SoundCloud, they got support and positive feedback from all the top DJ’s in the world such as Tiesto, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and David Guetta, just to grace the surface.
In 2013, they caught attention from a talent management company called, “Buygore” Management, which ultimately led to their record deal with Armada.
“It all happened in a blink of an eye, but after we got signed, the stars aligned,” Riggi explained. “We began touring around the world, playing shows, gaining fans and credibility. That’s really when our lives changed pivotally.”
Riggi & Piros have collaborated with artists and household names such as Lil Jon, Waka Flocka, Deorro, Borgore, Borgeous, DJ Carnage; they have official remixes on iTunes for artists such as Tiesto, The Chainsmokers, and Steve Aoki to continue the name- dropping spree.
And speaking of big names, a memory Riggi will sometime catch himself replaying in his head occurred the night of the McGregor vs Mayweather fight, just a few months back.
“James and I were watching Connor McGregor’s after party footage on TV, just hanging out,” Riggi said. “We were so caught off guard when we heard a familiar sound; Connor walked into the party, jamming to our song ‘Keep Rockin’.”
Connor McGregor is “definitely the biggest inspiration” in Riggi’s life. That moment would be in Riggi’s “top 2 most surreal moments,” where both events seem to tie for first.
Up to par with McGregor rockin’ to “Keep Rockin’” is when rapper, Lil Jon, contacted Riggi & Piros to collaborate talents and make a song together. “I grew up listening to Lil Jon all throughout my life,” Riggi let on. “Having a song with someone like him is still unbelievable to me.”
Most 22 year olds are preparing their cap and gowns for graduation, but success for these two looks less like a diploma and more like a turn table.