Ramsey is a 21-year-old Los Angeles-based indie electronic artist, writer, producer in the style of Glass Animals, Portishead, and Phantogram. Her dark emotional artistry is infectious and profound on a global scale. She lives and breathes this creative sonic force, it pulsates and destroys all that is mediocre. Dark Beauty is extremely excited to bring this feature to you…
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Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in Las Vegas and am currently living in LA.
How did you discover your love affair with music and what was the defining moment when you realized this was your calling?
I’ve always been in love with music. I’ve been singing since I was a little girl and was always in bands and choirs growing up. I just kind of always knew that this was it for me, but it didn’t really hit me until this past year when I was able to see people’s reactions to my music. It solidified that this is what I’m supposed to be doing.
You mention Portishead as one of your sonic inspirations, definitely an old favorite of ours. Dark-Ambient-Underground Pop-Trip Hop with elegant vocals are among the ingredients that make up your unique and inspiring sound. Was it a long and difficult journey to arrive to this sound?
I love Portishead. For me the journey wasn’t long or difficult, it all just kind of happened. I’m sure with the help of all my inspirations.
February 14th your performing at Cloak&Dagger, I hear Viktor Cruz aka Mss Vee is styling your show and your wearing our good friend Majesty Black’s designs. Can you tell us about your relationship with this talented fashion crew:
They are absolutely incredible. I feel like they were just thrown into my life out of nowhere, and I have a sneaking suspicion that they are angels. Since the moment I met Joshua David he has been so generous and has continuously gone out of his way to help me in one way or another – something that I’ve found is pretty rare out here. Mss Vee is so talented and just a force of energy that draws everyone in! I feel so lucky to know them and have them be a part of this night and many more to come. CLICK PIC BELOW
MajestyBlack: We opened a pop up shop in Venice called EXALT recently for 2 months, with the sickest fashion designers, we’re open till Feb 28th. Mss Vee is the lead there and is also styling Ramsey via our shop 1301 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice. She will be wearing sick designers that I’m curating for the night of the show at Cloak&Dagger and Majesty Black too!
I feel your music comes from the dark corners of your being, which we love. Great beauty lurks in the dark and you do it so well. Do you consider this place of inspiration a friend or is it hard to visit when making art from your creative demons?
At first it was hard, but in the best way. I think that I was always running and denied myself all of those emotions. I did whatever I could to not feel sad or revisit unpleasant memories, but as soon as I allowed myself to feel all of that and embrace it, not only did it come pouring out, but also became addicting. It’s hands down the best feeling I have felt in my whole life. There’s something about reaching that level of acceptance with your pain or shame or regret that is so liberating and empowering. It’s only then that you start to see the beauty in all of it and realize how it was all a part of the plan. So definitely a friend.
Would you consider yourself an old soul and why?
I guess so, but then again I feel like everyone considers themselves an old soul so who knows haha! I definitely have my moments.
If you could go back in time, what two artists would you most like to create music with?
That is such a hard question! Ahhhh I guess Leonard Cohen and PJ Harvey would be pretty insane.
Musical toys, plugin’s and tech, what are your weapons of choice?
I have a Neumann TLM 103, Ableton push, Apollo twin interface, and Audeze lcd2 headphones. Favorite plugins right now are Isotope Nectar and CLA for vocals, d16 group is awesome. I’m obsessed with the Decimort Bit Crusher right now. All of the Arturia plugins are gold, and Guitar Rig is my baby and also a favorite for distorting vocals.
What’s in your iPod?
Oh god. These are all albums that I bought when I was like 17. I’ll go down the list: Arctic Monkeys, Beats Antique, Blackmail, Bon Over, Bonobo, Broken Bells, Fugues, Interpol, Julian Plenti, Little Dragon, Mt Eden, Notorious Big and Party Next Door (which I actually purchased when I was 20 ;)
Morning star veggie nuggets and salt and straw ice cream ALL DAY.
What have you learned from being an artist and who has it made you today?
The number one thing I’ve learned and honestly kind of struggled with is that people are always going to have something to say about your art and how it should be done. What you should write about. What you should or shouldn’t do on stage but at the end of the day this is YOUR art, and it should be expressed however the fuck you want, whenever you want. A year ago I was so insecure and afraid of what everyone would think of me. If they knew this or that, or if I acted a certain way, and now because of embracing myself as an artist and a fucking HUMAN, I’m just like fuck it. This is all about freeing yourself and doing what you need to do for you, not letting other people mold you into what they think you should be. So if I want to be on my knees for an entire show, I’ll damn well be on my knees for an entire show. Anyone who doesn’t like it can fuck off because that’s what I felt like doing in that exact moment while I was the one on stage baring my soul.
We’d love to know your future plans:
I’ll be hosting and performing at an EP release party on February 23rd, the day before my EP comes out. A tour and all that good stuff is in the works. A new music video by James Mountford is coming out this month as well. But… I could also die tomorrow so who knows. CLICK HERE TO ORDER MUSIC
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
I actually have a tattoo on my back that says “in the midst of darkness there is light,” and it means exactly that. There is always a positive in the negative. Light in darkness.