RAMZi

RAMZi (CA/QC)

Within RAMZi's immersive "environmental music” is a portal to another dimension not entirely unlike our own. Tropical and psychedelic on the surface, her ambient soundscapes rumble deeply with balmy beats, altered vocals and disquieting fantastical elements. As DJ FATi, she lays bare the sonic influences on her mutant-polymorphic-spirit-child nature.

An inventive self-taught producer with a hi-fi meets lo-fi production style and extended editing process, Guillemot is always on the search for distinct sounds, seeking out samples of kuduro, baile funk and obscure world music, dancehall and dub that evoke both her childhood memories and new forms of musical expression. Her own productions are a personal reimagining of those sounds, human and animal vocals, nature sounds and myriad others, driven by her feelings, experiences and something greater—a quest for a collective, psychoactive interspecies harmony. Her RAMZi excursions began with an experimental release on Montréal label Los Discos Enfantasmes, followed by her self-released Bébites album of expanded grooves and beats riddled with exotic instrumentation and pitch bent voices. As an experimenter in Vancouver's underground house scene in 2015, Guillemot fully formed her RAMZi universe with Houti Kush on tape label 1080p, gaining a wider audience in the process. Her latest recorded creations, the Phobiza trilogy, push into what she's called a “fifth world,” lushly layered in expertly bent samples and warm melodies.

In performance, RAMZi engineers an immersive and evolving rhythmic world. Live, she often improvises with her own voice in a blend of French, English, Creole and dreamed up words. RAMZi arrives at MUTEK in her DJ FATi form, an inter-dimensional musical warrior embodying the multi-rhythmic, roving essence of her self.

Nocturne 3
MUTEK 2018, montreal

Société des arts technologiques [SAT] - Espace SAT
24/08/2018

Within RAMZi's immersive "environmental music” is a portal to another dimension not entirely unlike our own. Tropical and psychedelic on the surface, her ambient soundscapes rumble deeply with balmy beats, altered vocals and disquieting fantastical elements.

An inventive self-taught producer with a hi-fi meets lo-fi production style and extended editing process, Guillemot is always on the search for distinct sounds, seeking out samples of kuduro, baile funk and obscure world music, dancehall and dub that evoke both her childhood memories and and new forms of musical expression. Her own productions are a personal reimagining of those sounds, human and animal vocals, nature sounds and myriad others, driven by her feelings, experiences and something greater—a quest for a collective, psychoactive interspecies harmony. Her RAMZi excursions began with an experimental release on Montréal label Los Discos Enfantasmes, followed by her self-released Bébites album of expanded grooves and beats riddled with exotic instrumentation and pitch bent voices. As an experimenter in Vancouver's underground house scene in 2015, Guillemot fully formed her RAMZi universe with Houti Kush on tape label 1080p, gaining a wider audience in the process. Her latest creations push into what she's called a “fifth world,” lushly layered in expertly bent samples and warm melodies.

Live, RAMZi engineers an immersive and evolving rhythmic world, often improvising with her own voice in a blend of French, English, Creole and dreamed up words. After a summer of sets at Barcelona's Primavera Sound and Amsterdam's Strange Sounds From Beyond, RAMZi arrives at MUTEK as a musical warrior ready to open the inter-dimensional door.

 

PLAY 1
MUTEK 2015, montreal


29/05/2015

From mind shifting ambient to tricked out rhythmic, now Vancouver-based Montréaler Phoebe Guillemot wraps intimidating tech inventiveness in psychedelic warmth as Ramzi. A meditative mover of far out pop and dubby free jazz sounds, the enigmatic producer released her first album, Dezombi, on Montréal label Los Discos Enfantasmes (Le Fruit Vert, Les Momies de Palerme, k.a.n.t.n.a.g.a.n.o.) along with the 12” Etwal Timoun (featuring “Monsters Makeup” with sharply warbling synth from Bataille Solaire) in 2013. Her 2014 self released album Bébites, on her imprint Pygmy Animals, entrances with its galactic grooves, pitch bent vocals, a cacophony of animal noises and dancehall skewed rhythms. Ramzi performed her warped worldbeat techno at MUTEK 2013 and now unleashes a new live set, with visuals to match by videographer Kyle Bowman – an entrancing experience not entirely of this world.
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