How did you come by your stage name?
My stage name is simply just my first name, Ramoné.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I discovered that I loved making music when I realized that I could truly express myself through it. I could say things that were important to me through music.
Things that have actually impacted people when they’ve heard it. I just want to be a positive impact on pop music. I want to inspire creativity. I want to inspire people like me. The weird kid from anywhere that had trouble fitting in, to not have to feel like you need to be something else to fit in.
In the long run, when you’re standing in the mirror at the end of the day and looking at yourself.. you know who you really are/want to be. I want my career to be based on all of that.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I accredit a lot of my sense of style to Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Phyllis Hyman. The 80’s. The 90’s. The early 2000’s. Soul, Disco, Dance music. I am a pot with all of these things mixed in together and cooking.
“It’s not about being the best at what you do. It’s about doing it the best way of your own knowledge.”
On your upcoming project, how did you come up with the concept?
The name of my album that is slated in about mid-2020 is titled “Art.” I was writing and producing music, and I was excited, but something in my head just went “..you aren’t ready for this yet.. you need to figure out what it is that you need to say as an artist and why you’re saying it and who you’re saying it for and to.”
It was then that “Art” was born. Art isn’t about actual drawn art or “paintings.” Art is figurative for being the very person that you are. The core of you. The part of you that you feel like everyone may not understand. Put simply, Art is about the parts of someone that they are hiding.
I came up with the idea based off of when you meet someone and they seem very nice and kind. However, when you get them alone.. they could turn into the complete opposite and totally make you uncomfortable because they were “showing you a painting before showing you the art.”
Which can either be beautiful, odd, or straight-up scary. It is also about being “painted” a certain way. This can mean how people often portray themselves, or even how people portray other people based just off of what they’ve seen or heard. Art is heavily 80’s inspired, yet still has that modern touch to register with a lot of ears that may take a listen.
I just recently released the first single, “Change.” I submitted it to 97.1 by myself and received airplay! It was discussed by Frankie and Jess and they said that they loved it! It gave them a nostalgic yet modern feeling.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
My greatest challenges would have to be nerves. Anxiety, self-doubt. Sadness, sometimes. They can really distract you from your goals if you let them. However, when I think about the reasons why I do what it is that I do, and who I do this for…
I always get a boost. I always get the courage to push harder. I always feel the bravery come back. When my motivation kicks in.. game over. No one can stop me from spreading the messages and feelings that I want through music.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
It’s not about being the best at what you do. It’s about doing it the best way of your own knowledge. It’s about saying what you feel is right and what you feel needs to be said at the end of the day. Anyone can say you’re the best. Anyone can say you’re the worst too! It’s definitely subjective.
What are your plans for the near future?
My plans for the near future are establishing a bond with my audience that I am building. Continuing to grow as an artist.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
First and foremost… My mom. She saw it all in me when no one else did. It’s all for her. R.I.P.
Car, We’ve been friends for a very, very, very long time. She’s always supported me no matter what. Love her till the end of the ride.
My vocal teacher, Brian. He had to hear me yell like a cat to help me completely find and grow my voice.
Preston Knight. Seriously. He’s crazy talented.. and he genuinely was there for me and uplifted me when things were slightly tough and I faced a lot of rejection. I dare to call him my musical best friend.
Candice Johnson. My sister. We have seen hell and back. We are still standing.
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Write about what you feel.. not what you think people want to hear. Grow. Learn. Listen. However, fight for your vision, your craft, and your message.
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