Stress Jingle/Station ID #23 : Beto Ritchie

Beto Ritchie is a prominent figure in the Macau music scene. He is also one of the driving forces behind the power trio Turtle Giant, a multi-national, multi-dimensional band making a buzz between the U.S, Brazil, and Southeast Asia. Ritchie has been a notable influence on music and other musicians for the last few years with ground-breaking bands like Surge, in the mid 1990's, the Shins Shins, and with his solo projects like the one-song sessions series.

Formed in 2009, Turtle Giant consists of members Frederico Ritchie (Guitar, Bass, Keys, Vocals), António Conceição (Vocals, Guitar, Bass) and Beto Ritchie (Vocals, Drums, Guitar). After writing and recording their 2011 debut album Feel To Believe (AwÁ Records) and building a strong following in their Brazilian homeland, the band made a cross-continental leap settling in Barcelona and playing dates across Spain for the majority of 2011. 2012 saw the band part with Spain and traverse the globe yet again for Macau – the band’s current mainstay.  

Amidst rampant touring across Southeast Asia, the band performed at notable festivals including the Spring Scream Festival in Taiwan and the Music Matters Festival in Singapore in early 2012. With top-notch songwriting and polished instrumentals, Turtle Giant delivers hard-driving, melodic rock infused with modern psychedelia and classic rock undertones. Fueled by their early success, the band’s next recorded endeavor comes in the form of the self-produced All Hidden Places EP (Self-Released), which was recorded at the historic Dom Pedro V Theatre in Macau and was mixed and mastered by Fernando Sanches at Studio El Rocha in São Paulo, Brazil.

Driven by the anthemic lead single “We Were Kids”, with notable influences from classic rock to psychedelia, the EP showcases the band’s development into a veritable force to be reckoned with.