Rio Goldhammer was born in London, England, and grew up in Yorkshire. He is a musician best known as the singer for Bradford post-punk band 1919.

Rio completed a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies and an MA in Political Theory at the University of Leeds, before training as a teacher at the University of Huddersfield. In 2016 Rio started a Carnegie Faculty studentship in Leisure Studies at Leeds Beckett University, where he is also a tutor in Mass Media.

Rio publishes blog pieces on a broad range of subjects relating to art, identity, and politics. His work has been published in Metal Music Studies (Intellect) as well as in international news publications, such as Newsweek and The Independent.

When he isn't touring, recording, writing music or writing about music, Rio volunteers as a mentor for Arts Emergency.