We're celebrating NAIDOC week with Perth Hip-Hop artist Ziggy Ramo. Slicing deep into important topics, Ziggy Ramo has become the catalyst for change. You'll be impressed with his latest offering 'Same Script'.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Music has always been a part of my life from early on. It's deeply rooted in Indigenous culture on many levels so I have always felt a strong connection.
I remember being young and feeling the clapsticks pulse enter my feet and consume my body. My Dad and Mum always had music playing in the house and Dad knew his way around the guitar. His Father was an amazing piano player, so I guess music is something that has been passed through not only my family, but also my culture.
I fell in love in with Michael Jackson when I was really young and got pretty obsessed (still to this day in fact, haha!).
I have actually been sick all week and have been in bed re-watching Spike Lee's documentary's on him/old performance footage, so for me personally, I developed my sound by absorbing from those who have gone before, whether that's taking from my song lines/family/culture, or other artists and learning from that preexisting knowledge and applying it to my own experience.
It would be impossible for me personally to develop my sound without collaboration in all forms.
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Serving the people.
What can punters expect from a Ziggy Ramo live show?
My live show is something I take so much pride in. I have the honour playing with my amazing 6-piece live band The Love who are brothers to me. So you can except 6 people having the time of their life giving you all their energy. Also, expect the crowd to be full of different amazing humans giving the energy back!
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
"Leave the space you occupy better than you found it" - It's been given to me by my amazing culture.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Warumpi Band - 'My Island Home'. I long for Country all the time and this always hits the spot.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Archie Roach - 'Took The Children Away'. Have the tissues handy!
Also, I have to mention Leonardo's Bride, 'Even When I'm Sleeping'. This is for the romantic in me and this song was also my mums go to album when I was growing up.
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Chiseko - 'Juice'. This track is produced by my amazing brother JCAL. So smooth, so very, very smooth!
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was REMI x SAMPA and their The Fire Sign Tour with support from the brother's POW! Negro. It was amazing!
There was a pretty surreal moment at the end of the show where Remi and Sampa got myself and the vocalists, Nelson and Shannon from Pow! Negro and Koi Child up on stage. They played 'Alright' by Kendrick Lamar and we all just danced and hugged on stage. It was crazy, the whole night was a big celebration of blackness and to be up stage with the amazing humans was such a special moment for me.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Pow! Negro. I talk about these boys all the time because they are family, but also because they are so crazily talented! Love them to death and I love having them on the come up with me and my band because we push each other to work harder. Those boys are dropping their debut EP, Jasmine Licorice on the 28th July so excited for that.
The Koi Child boys as well are super inspiring and it such a wonderful community to be a part of. Shout out to my boy Matsu, he takes the best photos in the music game.
Also, Scarlet from San Cisco is like an angel walking around in all her beauty given to the world to bring fire grooves. I really look up to her and the way she carries herself after having so much success is something I aspire to. I always think it speaks volumes of someone when they treat people who can't offer them a leg up as well as they treat the people who can. Scarlett reached out to me a while ago very early on to offer her help however she could and I am forever thankful and inspired by her!
There are so many amazing people doing such great things in the music community within Perth, got to shout out the little brother Chiseko and Mali and also Your Girl Pho.
Last but not least my team, my manager, JCAL and all my band, they inspire me every day and help me bring my vision into a reality, they are my avenger squad.
What are your plans for 2017?