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Meet Jesus Ramos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jesus Ramos.

Hi Jesus, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Culiacan, Sinaloa in Mexico. I started playing guitar at the age of ten, being inspired by my two older cousins who were musicians. I knew early on that I wanted to be a professional musician and at the age of 15, I started my first high school band. When I was younger, I was splitting my time between guitar, drums and bass but now I consider myself to be a guitar player first. Three years ago, when I was 19, I moved to Los Angeles when I was accepted at one of USA’s best music colleges, Musicians Institute. I learned a lot from the education and it was amazing to be able to give music 100% of my focus for 18 months. I graduated from the guitar performance program in June 2020 and since then, I have been working as a freelance musician and musical director. I play guitar for a lot of different artists, work as a musical director and do live arranging and I also write original material.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
One of the hardest things with being in the music industry is that it is not enough to just be a great musician. You have to be able to network, market yourself, do social media, etc. Another thing that I think a lot of artists struggle with is the uncertainty in this industry and you have to constantly push to stay on top. For me, it has been a weird time trying to establish myself as a musician in Los Angeles in the middle of the pandemic. You have to stay creative and think outside of the box to book gigs, sessions, etc. in a time like this.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am both an instrumentalist and musical director and I have the opportunity to work with a lot of very talented artists. A few of them being Pretty Havoc, who has over 500k streams on Spotify and Tamara Kumbula, an up and coming South African artist that has received a lot of attention and has been featured in several magazines. I am also a part of the band Envy Adams and The Violets whose debut single “Crash the Car” was placed on 7 Spotify editorial playlists. I love being both a guitar player and musical director. It gives me a great opportunity to both arrange and play for the artists I work with.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
I have been fortunate to have the support of my family, and without that I would not have been able to do what I do. Through the years, I have also met a lot of great teachers who have inspired me.

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