We know we have some lovers of the lesser known genres of electronic music, such as Melodic Dubstep, Chillout, Liquid DnB and Psytrance, so we asked our friend Rameses B if he'd like to answer a few questions...
Rameses B is a multi-genre producer whose talents are seemingly boundless, with releases on Liquicity Records, Monstercat, NoCopyrightSounds and more. He's even had the pleasure of creating music for the popular video game, Rocket League! Read on to find out more!
T+S: Hi Rameses, would you mind telling our readers a little about yourself and how you started your journey as a producer?
RB: Hi! I'm a UK based melodic electronic music producer, mostly specialising in drum and bass, dubstep, trance and chillout and I love creating stories within my music, something that's deeper than just for the dancefloor. I've been established as Rameses B since 2010 but my journey started in 2003 when a friend of mine gave me a PS2 game called 'Music Generator 2'. Ever since then I've been addicted to creating music. In truth it's more than just a passion and as cheesy as it may sound, it feels as if it's my purpose for being put on this earth for.
T+S: Recently, you have started to release new LoFi music under the name 'Borukon'. Have you always been passionate about branching out into this genre?
RB: When you've been making music for so long in a particular genre, it becomes harder to branch out into other styles because you've created this sound for yourself that people have come to expect. It becomes overwhelming at times and also a bit stagnant. I feel like making my Lo-Fi alias 'Borukon' is a relieving way to be able to let loose and create what I want with no expectations and just really be free to craft my ideas quickly without judgment. LoFi especially has this authentic feel to it where you don't have to over-produce everything and is just the perfect background music. It really has helped me to take a step aside and focus on what made creating music fun in the first place. Ultimately, it feeds my inspiration to create more music under 'Rameses B'.
T+S: Taking it back, can you talk us through your progression from Happy Hardcore into the Liquid Drum & Bass, Psytrance and LoFi producer we know you as today?
RB: I don't think a lot of people know I used to make happy hardcore, mostly because it was all I used to listen to as a kid and was learning to make it on my ps2 game. It wasn't until 2011 when I was established as Rameses B where I delved more into drum and bass and chillstep. You can hear the transition with my track 'Visionary' where I fused UK hardcore and drum and bass together (which I still do sometimes to this day). I started making psytrance when I was listening to the more progressive side of it back in 2016, I loved the bouncy feel and of course after Rick & Morty season 2 came out I had to make a psytrance remix of it, it was the perfect fit and is my most viewed YouTube video with over 4 million views. I've fine-tuned my production over the years and I think trying out these new styles keeps things fresh and progresses my music further, but at the same time I still love going back to my roots which is what my listeners came to me for in the first place.
T+S: You've had the pleasure of working with some very talented vocalists over the years, in particular Veela, who you released a new track with only a few weeks ago. Would you be able to talk more about your new release 'Against the Grain'? What were your creative processes?
RB: Veela and I have been working together for many years since our first track 'Drift Away'. A lot of people always say it's the perfect dynamic duo, which makes sense because of her ethereal voice that fits so well with my spacey vibe. 'Against the Grain' is the first of many more to come as we actually have a few more tracks releasing on Monstercat soon (You heard it here first) which I'm super excited about! As for the creative process, I usually make a track with her vocals in mind, send it to her, she records a draft to make sure it's okay before I start implementing it within the track. We both send the wips (work in progress) back and forth until we're both happy, but most of the time it's a fluid process because her vocal range sits perfectly within my tracks.
T+S: It's not just label releases that catch people's attention though, there are a few remixes such as the Call of Duty Gulag remix and Rick and Morty remix, that people enjoy. Where do you find the inspiration to create these types of tracks?
RB: My tracks are like a diary to my life, if I'm enjoying a show or a game, or even events that are happening in our current lives I feel obliged to do something with it. Anything has the potential to inspire me emotionally which can be transcribed into music. I've done so many themed remixes for fun (Squid Game, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Skyrim etc) and I think a lot of my listeners are into the same things as I am so it makes sense to share those interests in the form of remixes.
T+S: As I understand it, you enjoy interior design, which leads me to my next question; what is your primary studio setup when creating your music? Do you have a place for everything?
RB: I love interior design! It's another form of art. I love a clean look, especially in my studio where the focus is on the music. My whole setup is filled with led mood lighting which helps set the tone for creating. Most of the time it's during the night, so having a lot of lighting is great for working long periods of time. I don't have an overwhelming amount of hardware which is perfect for me as I work mostly in the box, but what I do have is the essentials that enhance the music; my Roland RD-2000 digital piano, Roli Seaboard Rise, Apollo X6 audio interface and TC-Helicon Voicelive rack. They're expensive investments but it's all I need and essential to my production. Not to mention the desk and acoustic treatment, PC and peripherals. It's actually amazing to see the evolution of my studio setups that have been funded entirely by my music, it makes me appreciate the additions I get rather than getting everything all at once.
T+S: Are there any hardware or software pieces of gear that you can't live without? Anything that you would love to add to your setup?
RB: I've wanted the Virus Ti2 for years but I've been patiently waiting to see if they announce a Ti3. I'm also waiting for the Subpac X1 as this whole 'feeling the bass' intrigues me especially since living in an apartment makes me wary of using a sub woofer. There are plugins I use in every track such as the Philta XL, Pro Q3, Saturn 2 and also Ozone for doing demo masters for labels. I could go on but the list is extensive. Even something as simple as the default ping-pong delay is so useful. Nectar 3 is perfect for vocals, Omnisphere for pads, Keyscape for pianos, Kontakt for everything natural sounding, Serum and Dune for synths. Yeah there is so much I use even I can't remember them all.
T+S: Have you got any exciting upcoming projects that you're allowed to tell us about, or any projects that are already up and running?
RB: As I briefly mentioned early I do have a project with Monstercat, it's a 7-track EP/album. I'm not sure if I can say more but it's an ambitious project that I can't wait to release this year. I also have a 4-track EP with Liquicity that releases this month (Jan 21st). I also mentioned on my socials that I'll be returning to the more chill side of my music, so I'm planning to create a couple more albums, one filled with chillstep similar to my 'Inspire' EP and 'Spacewalk' albums. The other will be more liquid minimal drum and bass. I'm really looking forward to getting started on this! There is another service I'm bringing this year to help other aspiring producers to learn more about my production techniques and that is my own track breakdowns and production tutorials which I will upload to my youtube channel and Patreon. After so many reuqests about this I'm happy to say it will finally be happening.
T+S: What advice would you give to DJ's, Composers and Producers starting out on their own journey's?
RB: I think it's important to know that it's not easy and you will go through phases of self-doubt, you just have to push through it and enjoy the process knowing that these feelings don't last forever. I've been there many times and almost gave up, but I just kept going because I knew I didn't want to do anything else. It becomes worth the effort when you look back and see the achievments you've made. You don't fail if you don't quit, so learn from mistakes and improve on the next iterations, as long as you're creating the content and constantly learning you will improve and you will notice it, other people will too.
T+S: Finally, if you only had the choice of one song, to show someone the essence of your music, what song would you choose and why?
RB: I think it would have to be 'Moonlight'. There is a reason it's still one of my most listened to songs after all these years. Delicate melodies, uplifting drops that aren't overwhelming and featuring philosophical quotes from Alan Watts. It's just a song that brings deeper meaning and makes you think about the universe and why we are here in the first place.
We'd like to thank Rameses for taking the time to talk with us, it's been a pleasure. Why not have a listen to Moonlight below and find out why he has such dedicated fans of his work!