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Arden "Keyz" Altino

Arden “Keyz” Altino is a musician and producer who was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York. Altino’s talent lies in his combined years of training as a pianist at both Laguardia High School of Performing Arts and Five Towns Music College.

Despite his musical training, it was his technical expertise that spearheaded his career. From 1999 - 2001, he engineered for some of music’s hottest artists including Busta Rhymes, Biggie Smalls, Tony Touch, Angie Martinez and Rah Digga. His success as an engineer allowed Altino to showcase his talents as he traveled in the same circles as up-and-coming recording artists.

In 2001, he produced several tunes for R&B crooner Jimmy Cozier including “Gave You Love” and the duet with musical phenomenon Alicia Keys “Mr. Man”. The multi platinum album, Songs in A Minor won a Grammy in 2002 awarding Altino industry acclaim. He also joined the pair on a three-year tour to promote the album.

Also known as “Keyz” thanks to his Roland keyboards, in 2003 Altino produced titles for a wide range of artists including “Hold On” for Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blow Fish, and “Raindrops” for Juelz Santana’s debut album. After touring between Europe & America in that same year, Altino was able to collaborate with Parisian artists Passi & Jocelyne Labylle as well as American artists Kelly Rowland, Natasha Bedingfield, Estelle & P. Diddy.

Since 2006, Altino continued to expand his roster, including collaborations with Eros Ramazzotti (E2), Labelle (Back to Now), Laura Warshauer (Laura Warshauer), DJ Rekha (Basement Bhangra), Lyfe Jennings (Life Change), Ghostface Killah (The Big Doe Rehab), Governor (Son of Pain), Pharoahe Monch (Desire), Aventura (The Last), Jay Z (American Gangster), Sean Kingston (Tomorrow) and Wyclef Jean (Carnival, Vol. 2 and Toussaint St. Jean).

Altino’s most recent work has come out of Platinum Sound Recording Studios alongside multi-platinum producer Jerry Wonda. In 2009, Altino signed to Wonda Music and has been collaborating with Wonda on everything from Justin Bieber’s “U Smile” to Ron Isley & Aretha Franklin’s “You’ve Got A Friend” to Mary J. Blige with Diddy and Lil’ Wayne’s “Someone To Love Me (Naked)”.

Altino’s love, passion, and dedication to the art of music, coupled by his keen ear and natural ability has made him a perfect fit with Wonda to build the team for Wonda Music.

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DISCOGRAPHY

Year Artist Title Album Credits Links
2000 Busta Rhymes   Anarchy Engineer Listen
2000 Tony Touch   The Piece Maker Engineer Listen
2001 Jimmy Cozier   Jimmy Cozier Keyboards Listen
2002 Alicia Keys You Don't Know Songs in A Minor (Australia Bonus CD) Keyboards, Producer Listen
2002 Alicia Keys You Don't Know Songs in A Minor (Bonus VCD) Arranger, Keyboards, Producer Listen
2003 Alicia Keys You Don't Know Songs in A Minor (2003) Keyboards, Producer Listen
2006 Governor Move Easy Son Of Pain Producer Listen
2006 Remy Ma   There's Something About Remy-Based On A True Story Keyboards Listen
2006 Pony Boi   Who Woulda Thought Producer Listen
2007 Jay-Z   American Gangster Bass, Piano, Strings, Keyboards, Fender Rhodes Listen
2007 DJ Rekha   Basement Bhangra Mixing Listen
2007 Wyclef Jean   Carnival, Vol. 2: Memoirs of an Immigrant Keyboards Listen
2007 Duo Live   The Color of Money Keyboards Listen
2007 Pharoahe Monch   Desire Keyboards Listen
2007 Jane Fostin   Eclipse Arranger, Clavier, String Arrangements Listen
2007 Passi Dent Pour Dent Evolution Programming, Realization Listen
2007 Gary "G" Jenkins   Other Side (Bonus Track) Producer Listen
2008 Labelle   Back to Now Keyboards, Programming Listen
2008 Laura Warshauer   Laura Warshauer (2008) Keyboards Listen
2008 Lyfe Jennings   Lyfe Change (CD/DVD) Keyboards, Vocoder Listen
2009 Medhy Custos   Ouvrir Mes Ailes Drums Listen
2010 Keri Hilson All The Boys No Boys Allowed Producer, Composer Listen
2010 Gucci Mane Dollar Sign Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted Producer Listen
2010 JLS I Know What She Likes Outta This World Producer, Keyboards Listen
2010 Justin Bieber U Smile My World 2.0 Producer Listen
2011 Lupe Fiasco f/ John Legend Never Forget You Lasers Producer Listen
2011 Lupe Fiasco f/ Trey Songz Out Of My Head Lasers Producer Listen
2011 Shaheen Lover Friend When I Come of Age Producer  
2011 Musiq Soulchild Lover Friend Musiqinthemagiq Producer Listen
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