Riley Brodersen grew up in the small town of Wayne, Nebraska. He started competitively racing motocross when he was only 5 years old, and most of his life for the next 10 years would become devoted to the sport. His love for music started at a young age when his father, Doug, gave him a copy of Black Sabbath's “Paranoid” album. Riley would then explore the great rock 'n roll and heavy metal music of the '70s and '80s. From bands like Boston and Thin Lizzy to Pink Floyd and Yes, Riley loved it all.
At the age of 11, Riley started playing guitar and quickly developed a very strong passion for it. During high school, he played guitar in local bands that played shows extensively in the Midwest area. It was also in high school that Riley had a life threatening motocross accident that would bring him to the decision to quit the sport. After that incident, Riley's sole focus was music. He worked hard at becoming a guitar player through hours of practice at home and also through private guitar lessons at local music stores. He eventually started teaching guitar lessons at the music stores when he was 18.
When Riley was 19 years old, he moved to Los Angeles, California to attend the prestigious Musicians Institute where he would graduate with an associates degree in 2012. During that time, Riley honed his skills as a guitar player and earned invaluable performing experience in the Los Angeles area. It was also at MI where Riley would explore new genres of music like funk, jazz, and fusion that would further extend his musical repertoire. Artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Snarky Puppy, and Jungle would influence his rock music background to create the rock/funk fusion that he creates today. Since graduating from MI, Riley has also become a successful private music instructor in the Los Angeles area.