My name is Rami. I’m a 22-year-old guy from New Jersey and a student at Boston College. As you may have guessed, I love music. I’m an experienced bass player with over 6 years of jazz training under my belt. I’m also a proficient guitarist. However, I prefer to hang in the background and hold down the groove on bass.
I love good music, but when I say that I don’t mean that I like what’s popular on the radio or that I like The Beatles (although I do like The Beatles). What I mean is that I like music that showcases the immense talent and creativity of the musicians involved. I like musicians whose talent I both admire and envy – Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, D’Angelo, John Mayer, Charlie Hunter, Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim… I could go on forever. The hard part about liking the music that I do is that not many people understand the way a nasty bass line, beautifully phrased solo or perfectly contoured melody affects me. Some people might say I’m weird, and those people might be right, but I don’t care. Music is something I care about, and if you’re reading this I hope you’ll consider my insights. After all, I’m always looking for some cats who can appreciate a good tune.
I’ve noticed an unfortunate trend regarding music and my generation. Music has fallen into the background and is no longer the activity that it used to be. Nowadays, it seems that consumption of music is thoughtless – just something used to enhance an another experience rather than it being an experience in and of itself. When was the last time you listened to music for music’s sake and not just to distract you from something else? For example, people don’t go to EDM concerts to appreciate great musical talent, they go for the experience of letting loose and dancing, dressing up in bright colors and getting overtaken by the energy of an elated crowd. The same thing can be said about music at a college party or music at a bar. Not that any of this is bad, but it isn’t true, critical listening and appreciation.
The point of this blog is to introduce you to music that might make you uncomfortable or make you confused… music that you might not even like at first. The music that I want to spread requires some effort, and hopefully you’ll find yourself thinking “Wow, if Miles hadn’t left some silence right there the whole riff would have sounded weak”… or something like that. I want you to be able to appreciate talent where it lies and recognize the components of a song that make it unique. It won’t be easy, but I think you’ll be happy when you start giving music the effort it deserves.
Check out my good friend Nick Neve over at Five Ninety Recording.
He’s the most talented musician and audio engineer that I know and his dedication to creating an active music community at home on the Jersey Shore is extremely respectable. He holds open jam sessions at his beautiful home studio and offers professional quality recording, mixing, and mastering at unbeatable prices.