Ram Records sat down with the DNB Vault in Sunbeatz Ibiza to discuss everything from being their unique sound, what it takes to become a RAM artist, and how they feel about taking over the World’s biggest Superclub in Ibiza to play Hornchurch honed D&B in the land House & Techno.
Ram famously took the End, created D&B history at Matter, how does it feel to bring a RAM event to the ‘World’s Biggest Superclub’ Privilege Ibiza?
It’s going to be an absolute privilege (excuse the pun) bringing a RAM event to the world’s biggest superclub. We can’t wait to show the white isle what RAM is all about! The question is, is Ibiza ready for RAM!? We’re bringing with us a huge line up – with label boss Andy C, as well as Frankee, Loadstar and Culture Shock, so you know it’s going to be a big one!
How will RAM IBIZA at Privilege be different from a RAM event in the UK?
Sun, sea, sand and festival vibes will add that little bit extra to this one. Every RAM event goes offf! But you know how nice it’s going to be sleeping it off on the beach with a bloody mary! 😉 You know Ibiza always brings the party too, so imagine to two combined. Plus, gives all the househeads a break!
Does what happens to RAM in Ibiza stay in Ibiza?
Haha, you could say that yes! We are definitely planning on partying hard at this one! We have a reputation to keep up. But then you can’t blame us, considering the line up we’re bringing.
You guys are known for compilations – will RAM IBIZA be like a live version of that?
It will definitely include a lot of the tracks we have on our comps, but, expect plenty of dubplates & a some timeless classics thrown in there too! You should check our Ramiami and Ramsterdam compilation series; we have such a wide variety of tunes and artists, all will be drawn for during our show at Privilege!
Does playing an event like Sunbeatz which is pure D&B help you feel closer to your roots?
It’s in our blood! No matter where we go it’s brilliant to be able to bring the RAM sound with us and party with everyone who feels the same. Hoping to convert a few people too! There’s always more room in the dnb family. We’ve been doing these kind of events for the past two decades, but we’re really looking forward to doing something different with you guys.
You’ve always stayed at the forefront of Electronic Music, evolved from 1210’s to digital seamlessly and ever evolving…what’s your secret to success?
There are many secrets, none of which we can divulge in of course! haha. Releasing good music, doing what you believe in, and having faith in the amazing artists on the label. It’s also important to keep a working relationship with our artists. We love getting together at events, and many are friends from back in the older days. New faces always bring fresh vibes too!
What’s the initiation process for new recruits to RAM Records? Do they have to organize Andy C’s vinyl collection alphabetically?
Yep… they’re also given a test on the whole Ram Records discography, and have to plot a timeline of the label’s history from start to finish. Just kidding haha! It’s a plus if they can make a mean cup of tea, but a passion for drum & bass is a must!
What other events is RAM looking forward to checking out at Sunbeatz?
The whole festival looks wicked, will be good to catch up with some old faces! From the minute we land to the minute we leave we’ll be enjoying the party that’s for sure. We know for sure Hazard and S.P.Y. will throw down, plus the boat parties look phenomenal too!
Mari, of Gutter Butter, is the DNB Vault's newest contributing writer based out of London, England by way of Miami, Florida providing exclusive interviews with some of the top drum and bass artists in the UK.