Kito Rodriguez is a bass guitarist and multi instrumentalist from NYC and Los Angeles. 

He has toured internationally as a sideman with independent World Music artists and has performed alongside punk-rock icon Patti Smith, classical luminary Phillip Glass and blues legend Keb Mo'

Kito has performed worldwide, highlight venues include:  

Kito made the list of considered Grammy nominees for the 2014 World Music award as bass guitarist and mix/mastering engineer on ARC Music release 

“Lam La Che (On The Road)” with Tibetan/ World Music Group TECHUNG, featuring blues master Keb Mo’ on the title track.


Kito performs on the soundtracks for:

Kito is also a Graduate of- The Institute Of Audio Research  NYC (audio-engineering and music production).  For more professional experience as a recording engineer, boom operator and music producer please visit:


Kito Rodriguez was born in “El Barrio” East Harlem, NYC.  He was raised in East Harlem, the South Bronx and Jamaica, Queens by a Chicana mother from Los Angeles and a Nuyorican father from New York City.  Growing up, Kito was surrounded by the sounds of Salsa, Motown, Disco, Hip Hop, traffic and gunshots.

After the premature death of his mother from HIV/ AIDS in the late 1980’s Kito began playing bass guitar with his junior high school friends in a garage heavy metal band, he started studying privately and quickly became hooked on other music genres such as funk and jazz, and was then heavily influenced by the roots reggae, dancehall and Soca music blaring from the “Dollar Vans” run by the Caribbean immigrant community that would take him from the bus stop to his home during his high school years. During this “teen time” a disillusioned young Kito got into trouble running with the wrong crowd at school and was sent by his immediate family to an alternative high school in “El Barrio” that happened to be housed within “Johnny Colon’s East Harlem Music School” which turned out mega Salsa music stars such as Tito Nieves and Marc Anthony.  While there, Kito studied the basics of Salsa music with legends such as Gilberto “El Pulpo” Colon, Pepe Castillo and of course, Johnny “Mr. Boogaloo Blues” Colon where he also earned his high school diploma, on time at 17 years old, from the City Of N.Y.

During the mid- to late-90’s, Kito studied upright bass at Nassau Community College with Bassist Carlos Castillo and simultaneously immersed himself in the NYC House music/ Rave scene.  He eventually ended up at the Institute Of Audio Research where he graduated from the Audio Engineering and Music Production Program in 1998 after which he interned and assistant engineered at several major NYC recording facilities.

Kito performed around NYC with his original funk groups for a couple of years. In 2000, he moved north with some close friends and started the first working Salsa music group based out of Portland, Maine called “Dulce De Leche”.  They performed for a few years touring around the Northeast region and left a lasting legacy of “Mainer Salseros” who are friends, students and former bandmates.

In 2007, he again moved with his wife and growing family to Los Angeles where he performed around the L.A. music scene with various local groups.  Collaborator and bandmate Michel Tyabji then already living in L.A. recruited Kito to play bass and perform with Tibetan/World Music artist “Techung” where they toured around the world and produced a few albums one of which was pre nominated for a GRAMMY in the World Music category. In 2014, Kito left the Tibetan music group to focus on his now larger family and his solo singer- songwriter/ multi instrumentalist/ producer project.

Jump to Summer of 2020, Kito and his family relocated back to the East Coast, Eastern Connecticut during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Still rockin' and still staying strong!

Keep it FUNKY!