GRAMMY and multiple Latin GRAMMY Award winning producer, Jeff Peñalva, was born in Honduras and came to Los Angeles in 2009 to study at SAE Los Angeles. In 2010, he started collaborating with Switch (the founder of Dubsided) and together they worked with Beyoncé, M.I.A., Major Lazer, Santigold, Chris Brown, and the Beastie Boys.
Jeff went out on his own and co-produced a song with Prince for Judith Hill (a background singer for Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Josh Groban). Soon after, he worked with Lin-Manuel Miranda to produce, “The Hamilton Mixtape” which debuted at number one in the Billboard 200. The song, “Immigrants”, won the “Best Fight Against the System” MTV VMA in 2017.
After Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Lin-Manuel Miranda reached out to Jeff to produce the song, “Almost like Praying”. It was produced within four days from start to finish; it debuted at number 20 on Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart. It sold 111,000 downloads and achieved 5.2 million streams within its first week of availability in the US. All of the proceeds went to Puerto Rico for relief efforts.
Trooko works closely with 21 GRAMMY award winning Latin artist, Residente. He produced his latest album, “Residente”, which received Two Latin GRAMMYs and nine nominations. This album then went on to win “Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album” at the 50th Annual Grammys in 2017 and was recognized as one of the “Best 50 Albums of 2017” by Rolling Stone, New York Times, and Billboard Magazine. Trooko went on to score Residente's self titled documentary, which premiered during SXSW in 2017 and is currently streaming on Netflix.
Trooko is a frequent collaborator of Residente, Ricky Martin, Bad Bunny, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Bomba Estereo, Alvaro Diaz, Adriel Favela, Ana Tijoux and many more.