BMI Exclusive Video: A Conversation with Motiff

BMI’s Delia Orjuela joins the versatile producer/songwriter in his new studio, The MVRK Room, to discuss his hits, his journey, his inspiration and his ambitions for the future.

A true musical prodigy, Arbise “Motiff” Gonzalez was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1984 and took to music at an early age, inspired and influenced by his father, a percussionist for the Venezuelan big band, La Billo’s Caracas Boys. Growing up with touring, working and recording musicians and encouraged to take up as many instruments as he could get his hands on, Motiff enrolled into the Music Conservatory at age six to formalize his musical studies. READ MORE...

Emigrating to the United States in 1996, Motiff’s horizons and ambitions were broadened by his immersion in the cultural melting pot of Miami. His experience was furthered via working with Jose Miguel Velazquez, a formidable producer who arranged for the burgeoning Motiff to co-produce a string of prominent Latin artists. Gradually, he found himself working alongside the legendary Emilio and Gloria Estefan, which led to a meeting with Pitbull, a fateful introduction that would prove to be pivotal for Motiff.

From there, his career kicked into high gear, finding the artist/producer/DJ/songwriter working with a veritable who’s who of Latin music and earning an array of industry accolades, including a Latin GRAMMY for Best Tropical Fusion Album in 2016 for his work on Gente De Zona’s Visualizate. The groundbreaking anthem he produced for that album, “La Gozadera,” found him working alongside Marc Anthony, another momentous collaboration which has paved the way for further projects.

Now, to celebrate the opening of his new studio in Sherman Oaks, California, The MVRK Room, Motiff invited Delia Orjuela, BMI’s VP Creative, Latin Music, to join him for an illuminating discussion about his work, his songwriting, his amazing journey and his hopes for the future.