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THE HIT MAKER

In a career spanning nearly 20 years, drummer, engineer, mixer and songwriter Emre Ramazanoglu has garnered an impressive résumé: composing music for high-profile movies and working closely with some of the biggest names in pop…

EMRE RAMAZANOGLU INTERVIEW

“I’m meeting Noel (Gallagher) shortly, we’ve got to finish mixing another track, then tomorrow, I’m going to be working on some fashion music, then I’ve got some mixes for Lily Allen to be getting on with…” A typical work schedule there for Emre Ramazanoglu, not just brushing shoulders with the icons of the music world, but being a bona-fide creative resource for them: getting his hands dirty and stuck in with composition, arranging, mixing and engineering… not to mention remixing, as well.

For many readers, this sounds like the pinnacle of their aspirations – to use their music making and technological know-how to contribute to the popmusic landscape (and get to work with a veritable shedload of celebrities/pop stars as well). So how did Emre get to this coveted position?

From a young age, he loved a wide variety of music: “I loved Led Zeppelin growing up, as well as Miles Davies and The Cure (quite an eclectic mix, really!) I also liked P-Funk and James Brown. Also lots of hip-hop, there were loads of mixes and remixes that I really liked and that’s what got me interested in music making as a career.”

BIG BREAK

Emre soon got stuck into percussion and became an ardent drummer, but over the years, he gradually picked up a range of instruments, including keyboard, though in his own words: “I mainly just play drums, but these days, I program a lot of keys – I mean, I do play a little bit of guitar and bass, but I’d never say I was a ‘player’ as such – It’s primarily rhythm and percussion I tend to ‘play’ – but I write a lot of music using a keyboard; that’s where I mainly compose.”

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We’re very excited to reveal our new-look issue, which is on sale from Thursday 19th October, and we’ve gone the extra mile to give you something really special. Building up the courage to share your tracks over the internet is one thing, but performing them live is something else entirely. That’s where our cover feature, From Studio To Stage comes in. With 7-pages of expert advice from Matin Delaney you’ll be gig-ready in no time. Elsewhere in the mag we chat with Emre Ramazanoglu, who’s body of work includes several 2017 movie soundtracks as well as some of the biggest pop releases in recent years. Additionally we present our 10 tips to speed up your computer (without buying a new one), a retrospective on the Roland SH-101 and 6 reasons to buy more gear (as if you needed any). This and so much more in the new-look issue of MusicTech magazine.
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