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Ritche Perez is a musician, graphic designer, and photographer. He was born in the Philippines and moved to St. John’s, NL, Canada in the late 1970s when he was three years old. For the past 30 years, he has worked in the IT and multimedia industry, including being a multimedia specialist at Memorial University for 15 years. In 2014, he became serious about photography and started taking photos professionally. His interests gravitate toward public spaces and people, where he most enjoys capturing moments through street photography, travel, events, portraits, landscape, and structures. Creatively, he incorporates his photography into surreal compositions using his graphic design skills.  He loves to use his camera to capture current culture and comment on social issues to inform and empower.

In his teenage years, Perez found his community in the early St. John’s punk rock scene, playing music, skateboarding, and involvement in the social justice movement. He was particularly influenced by his sister’s involvement with Youth for Social Justice and other social justice human rights events such as Peace-A-Chord and Oxfam.

Perez’s musical taste, graphic design career, and photography style have been heavily influenced by his interest in Skateboarding where he found a tight-knit sense of community in the rebellion and punk undertones. He started making music in the early 90s. He formed Potatobug, his first band with friends, when he was in high school.  They collaborated to create original music and sound. Through the years, he has been involved in numerous projects in the St. John’s music scene; Jkw (John Kenneth Wilkes Band), Draize Eye Test, Supagloo, Lemontree, Parasite Drag, Jigger, Hero Gets Girl, and Wizards of Kaos.  He has participated in a few RPM challenges to experiment and created mini-projects such as Ohio Scream, Firmalino, Punks, and Recreation.

During the pandemic, when many people in the arts were struggling, he was part of an initiative to create a video series called The Covideo Collective which helped bring isolated artists together to make music.  Artists and musicians collaborated to make music online by recording and creating videos in parts, which resulted in online videos. The video series went viral for its ground-breaking response to the isolation felt during the pandemic.

In 2022, he formed XIA-3, along with Jing Xia and Brian Downton.  It is an alt-post rock instrumental band with Jing’s Chinese guzheng fronting the melodies of the band. It has challenged him creatively to use his past influences in alt-punk post-rock style to collaborate in creating new sounds.

When Perez was younger, he often felt like an outsider. He knew that he looked different. He was an introvert who tried hard to fit in. As an adult, he has found his voice and strength of expression through his artistic endeavours: music, creative collaboration, and the lens of his camera.

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