He grew into his talent during his disc jockey years at Club 649, Montreal’s first latin nightclub, established by his parents. There he met Jesus “El Nino” Alejandro, a talented singer, musician, and composer, who believed in Campanelli’s talent and took the young D.J. under his wing. Campanelli’s desire to create and explore prompted him to go further.
In 2001, the young sound engineer established SoundTrip Studios, where he has recorded and worked with internationally known artists such as Edwin Bonilla, Johnny Polanco, Jesus “El Nino” Alejandro, Luisito Rosario, and Croma Latina (Italy), to name a few.
In 2011 Ricky Campanelli was nominated for a latin grammy which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
His unique style and fresh sound are the product of experimentation and inbred musical instinct. Both are reflected in his debut single, Mani Picao, one of 30 salsa tracks from his two albums, Salsa Como Debe Ser and Modestia Aparte. These albums can best be described as 70’s salsa, infused with yesterday’s swing, and remixed with today’s sound. Campanelli’s music is a tribute to old school salsa – a style he believes will never die because of its eternal quality.
His third album, entitled Alma De Rumbero, launched at Vancity International SBK Festival’s first year, showcasing his unique talent. But his love for music doesn’t only stop at salsa, he has also produced his first bachata album with world renowned artists which launched at last year’s Vancity International SBK Festival.
Passion and soul are at the heart of Campanelli’s music. Afterall, salsa is not about what you hear; it’s about what you feel.