Gabe Ramos Discusses 'Faceless' Track, Career Highs and More
US DJ and producer Gabe Ramos is no stranger to dropping hot tracks for the dancefloor. Alongside his partner in crime Chris G, their percussive, bass heavy, big drum vibes have landed them releases on many respected imprints such as Nervous, Stereo Productions, ITH, Moody Recordings & VIVA Music. Their tracks have also filled the sets of many world renowned DJs including Franky Rizardo, Oscar G, Chus & Ceballos and Chocolate Puma.
1) Hi Gabe, thanks for chatting with us. Can you tell us more about how your ‘Faceless’ release via Whartone Records came about? What inspired the direction and what you were trying to convey to your listeners?
I wanted to make something that was both driving and rhythmic while maintaining a classic house swing. We tried to convey this feeling as best we could with the bassline and vocals elements flying in and out of the track.
2) Can you share with us a few artists that have influenced your sound?
There are so many! From the top of my head Abel Ramos, DJ Chus, Franky Rizardo, Harry Choo Choo Romero, Oscar G, Gregor Salto and of course my original production partner/mentor Ray Roc of the Roc Project.
3) Name one piece of studio kit that you simply can’t do without?
Lately the Roland TR-8 has been used in almost every track. I use the USB connection with Ableton to take advantage of the multiple outputs, that way I can have each sound on its own channel with individual processing and EFX. It just works for me.
4) What’s your opinion on the current state of house music and where do you see it progressing over the next 12 months?
I think house music is in a great place. Never before have artists been able to get their music heard by so many people.
5) Can you pinpoint a DJ gig that was a true highlight of your career so far?
One of my production partners Theo from NYC and I closed out a night in Pacha NYC for Thomas Gold. Of course, playing in Pacha NYC is a highlight for any artists career, but what’s more important is playing to a crowd that appreciates real dance music; that crowd certainly was!
6) Tell your fans some interesting facts they may not know about you.
I am a HUGE FC Barcelona fan!
7) Any advice for new artists on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
Always work on the quality of your productions. I’ve been making tracks for close to a decade now and I am always finding new tricks and techniques from online resources or other producers.
8) Finally, who would be on your short list of dream collaborations, past or present – dead or alive?
Harry Choo Choo Romero, Oscar G, Chus + Ceballos.