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Interview with Ramener
Ramener is a 3 piece metal band from Long Island, New York. High octane, full of energy, and face-melting live performances are what the fans always come out to see. Fueled by the fires that are nested within everyone, Ramener sets out to add something unique to the scene. Jam heavy soloing coupled with flowing and powerful riffs are what make Ramener Ramener.
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I think what really got me into music was playing guitar hero growing up. I got a love for the instrument and it actually kind of helped develop my technical skills as a guitarist. Also gave me a great taste in music. If I wasn't doing music I'd probably try being a twitch streamer or doing something with exercise.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
When I'm not playing music I love to work out, read, or play some video games. I think that after a good workout your brain and body are firing on all cylinders so I really like to pick up a guitar after that and see if I can't get something going.
How long has music been your career?
I've been playing most of my life but Ramener has been together a little over a year now so I'd say just about a year.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are originally based out of New York, but I just moved to Nashville to further a career in music and try and branch out into different genres also to scout out some cool spots to play in music city. NY definitely had a pretty cool underground punk and metal scene so growing up hearing local bands kill it made us want to do it.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
The best show we've played was one at Amityville Music Hall, the place was packed and the energy was infectious. It's hard not to give a great performance when you have so many people rooting for you and cheering you on. The worst show we played was at a little festival. They told us to bring all our equipment but upon arrival they said we couldn't and we had to use the amps that they had which did not do our loud energetic sound justice.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
One of our favorite places to play is AMH (Amityville Music Hall) . It's an intimate venue with a great sound system and great equipment. We'd obviously love to play at places like Red Rock, MSG, Rayman but we're just happy to play where we can and make some new friends and fans.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
If we could go back in time I'd say playing with some pantera and sabbath on the same bill would be the most memorable moment of my life. Ozzy and DIme are two of my musical heroes as well as Tony Iommi. Also a show with RATM or Korn would be insane!
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
I'd say practice and learn everything the right way. Learn theory, read the books, take all the extra steps and master the instrument, don't just pick it up and practice without any real goal.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
Probably the advice that I just gave haha, I learned to play by ear but there are times where I wish I had a knowledge of theory. It would not only help with guitar but with so many other instruments as well.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Dogs means the most to me because it is the first song that I ever wrote.I wroe Dogs at a dark time in my life where I was really lost in myself. I was dealing with a lot of inner demons and this song is a good anthem for anyone experiencing something similar.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Favorite songs to play would be 1750 and ultimatum. 1750 Just goes so hard from the jump. The latter we haven't put on an album yet but it's such a great opener it gets the crowd really going. Our most requested song is also another one we haven't recorded yet, but it's gonna be our next single coming out sometime in september, as of now the name of the song is A house of Wolves but I think we're gonna change that.
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
The creative process comes in waves. I try not to force it. There are days where I can get a cool riff down and I'll strike while the irons hot and finish the song right then and there. Then there are other times when I can't really express the emotions or sounds properly and I'll have to circle back when I feel it's time.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
I like to write some songs about dealing with all the problems we all face. I also like to write some stuff that's an homage to some horror-type stuff, but it really depends on the waves of inspiration.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
I typically write all the songs as far as structure and lyrics go, Sam and Ricardo have full range to do whatever they want with their bass lines and drum fills and it comes out killer everytime. We really don't have many disagreements.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
We want to make music a career that's our dream. If we can meet some cool people and make some lasting friends along the way that's all the better. We also have a fall tour coming up and a single coming out in late September so keep your eyes peeled.