Storytelling through music is one of the things that Portuguese-born, Amsterdam based composer and producer Rui Reis Maia excels at. Growing up in the South-East part of Amsterdam, he was surrounded by different types of musical influences. Outside of his parental house he was a big fan of hip-hop and hip-hop culture. At home his father introduced him to bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp and Paul Simon. Influenced by the neighbourhood and fascinated by his father’s record collection, his love for music began. After producing under a global commercial label for almost 3 years, Rui’s path lead him to the rediscovering of his own musical direction; he was invited for a writing camp by Tienus (GoldKimono). This writing camp was set in the hills of Orvieto, Italy in a house filled with creative talent. Rui spent a week producing, writing and composing with different types of artists and songwriters. Here he discovered that he wanted to focus more on his own creative development and storytelling through music.