Latin percussionist Eli "Lito" Mateo a.k.a. "The Sauce" has been playing percussion since the age of eight. Lito has toured and recorded with Latin, pop, R&B, blues, soul, jazz, and hip hop artists. Passion and creativity flows out of Lito adding class and rhythmic sophistication to any solid groove.
Passion sparked at the age of eight when I received my first set of timbales as a gift from my dad and uncle. From that point on I embraced my passion and embarked on the road to discover where I could learn any and everything about percussion and share my passion on stage. Mentorships, choirs, musicals, and after school programs all helped mold me into the musician I am today.
As I follow my dream to be a full time musician and share the stage with many great artists, I learn time and time again, that life is filled with moments, good and bad, ups and downs, harmony and disharmony, but I never lose sight of the fact that life is a beautiful ballad being crafted by all those moments.
Finding inspiration all around me, I strive to make my music in my creative space representative of myself and my generation.
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