Ramii Is a music producer from Cleveland, Ohio who has worked with Ohio's most influential artists within the music industry such as Machine Gun Kelly, Kid Cudi, Bone Thugs N harmony, Chip Tha ripper & more.
"The Audeze LCD-XC has tremendously improved my mix... My mixes have drastically improved and I can listen to my mixes much more critically and precisely." - Ramii
Here's our talk with Ramii:
Can you pick out any favorites from your work that you're particularly proud of?
I'm very proud of the work I produced on Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon 3 specifically the song "Pale Moonlight." I'm also very proud of a song I released under my artist name Ramii titled Midnight Children.
How would you define your main role on most of the projects you work on these days?
When working with mainstream artists I might get lucky to get one or two tracks on an album. My favorite thing to do is help develop the artist's sound and help them get their story across through their music. I really love to help develop.
How did you get started in music? What kind of music did you listen to while growing up and how has that progressed?
I got started in music by using my hands on the table in the lunch room. I could make really good beats with my hands and pencils. I used to annoy the teachers in school because I was always banging on the tables. I grew up listening to a lot of 90's hip hop. Artists like 2pac, Ice Cube, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Biggie Smalls, Mobb Deep, Nas. I can go on for days! I also grew up listening to a lot of music from Egypt. My parents are Palestinian so Arabic music was always played in the household.
Can you name any factors that influenced the course of your musical life? Heroes, role models, moments, interactions, etc?
A person who has influenced my career is my friend Dot Da Genius. He was the first successful music producer I knew in music and being around him showed me that I could be successful in music with hard work and dedication. His career blossomed right in front of my eyes.
Can you briefly describe a moment of frustration from your past work, and what you may have done to overcome the obstacles? Would you approach it differently now?
A moment of frustration I think a lot of creatives deal with is having high quality music and not getting the right ears on it. In my opinion the way to overcome this is to keep working hard and being persistent in trying to make connections within the industry. It is very important to put yourself in a position where you can be discoverable.
Is there any gear you find yourself turning to most when working on a project? What are some of your favorite tools/instruments recently?
I recently have been obsessed with working with synths and sound design. I have also recently been obsessed with mixing and mastering myself. I want the song that I am working on to sound like it has a very solid mix on it before sending it to a mixing engineer.
Do you have any words of wisdom for people who might aspire toward a similar path for their own careers?
Work very hard, study the greats and don't be afraid to try new things out. A lot of music is sounding the same right now in the hip hop genre. Don't be afraid to try new instruments and combinations and patterns to spice things up.
How long have you been working with headphones, and how do you typically use them in your workflow?
I've been working with headphones my whole life. I've recently been using the audio technica m50x. I like these headphones a lot but I am finding they are not translating all the way when I listen to music on my Adam monitors. I was looking to upgrade my headphones and use something that translates well with any system.
How have your Audeze headphones affected your work? Can you tell us what you've been working on with them so far?
The Audeze LCD-XC has tremendously improved my mix. This is my first pair of high quality headphones and I do not regret it at all. My mixes have drastically improved and I can listen to my mixes much more critically and precisely. I specifically love the high end detail that can be heard using these headphones. I can locate bad frequencies very easily because the high end response on these are great. Lately I've been working on mixes for songs that I have been producing for various artists signed to Empire.