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Meet Dary Ramirez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dary Ramirez.

Dary, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story began in Cartagena, Colombia, where I was born and raised. It’s a coastal city, with colonial culture, and historic, colorful buildings. Growing up, I always loved music and acting— but my interest in music grew when my grandfather gave me his guitar before he died. I had it in my room for several months and one morning I decided to learn. I started watching videos of “how to play guitar” when I was around 11 years old.

My mom was a big fan of Salsa music and Boleros. She used to show me her favorite songs and I’d play the melody on my recorder, and I started falling in love with that kind of music. Back at that age, I didn’t know how to sing so I just focused on the instruments.

When I was 15, I finally convinced my mom to pay for my singing lessons while I was in school. She wasn’t that sure about it because I used to be really shy.

After a couple years of learning more about singing, piano and theory, I decided to go for a bachelor’s in music and moved to Bogota; where I studied and lived about three years.

Being there helped me face my fears! I met the most amazing people and I learned a lot, but I still didn’t see myself building a music career in Colombia. After searching non-stop, I decided to move to LA and to continue studying. Moving to LA was never in my plans as a kid, but it was one of the best decisions of my life.

I’ve been lucky to constantly collaborate with brilliant songwriters and producers here in LA. I’ve also worked on my own project as a singer playing shows around LA, releasing new music and creating with other new artists.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have been a lot of twists and turns on my journey! So many ups and downs, but the things I’ve struggled the most with have been self-doubt and the culture difference, but I hope I can help inspire other artists with some of these bumps in the road I’ve faced.

DARY – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I love performing and showing people my culture through my music. I’ve been playing with different genres lately to develop a signature sound of electronic and Caribbean fusion— also some reggaeton! When it comes to singing though, my favorite thing about my sound is my deep, raspy voice. I like vocals that are full of soul.

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