Tim Castaneda Interviews Rome Ramirez of Sublime With Rome
For being so young you have such a large amount of musical talent in which you can do almost anything from composing to singing to playing, where did it all start out musically for you and what kind of formal training do you have (if any)?
"It all started off with guitar, I started playing guitar when I was about 11 then I got really into playing other instruments too like bass, keys, drums and everything."As far as training goes I took one guitar lesson the first year that I played guitar and I fucking hated it man. It was like music was the one thing that I could do when I wanted, how I wanted, where I wanted, if I wanted and I felt very at peace every time I played music so I really just tried to do it my own way and learn off other people by example. It all started off with guitar, I started playing guitar when I was about 11 then I got really into playing other instruments too like bass, keys, drums and everything. After that I wanted to start to recording music but I never realized how expensive it was to go to a studio so I bought a little make-shift rig and I just started to teach myself how to record music and before I knew it I started getting really good at it. The next thing I wanted to do was to go to school to learn how to record music professionally so I enrolled at this college, Musicians Institute (MI), that was supposed to teach you how to audio engineer or whatever. When I got there I realized I was light years more advanced than the instructors and I immediately asked for my money back. From then on I’ve just really done everything on my own and took things into my own hands.
How did this new venture with Eric and Bud come about, did you approach them or did they approach you?
I had been introduced to Eric and we kind of became homies and would smoke together at the studio and shit and then we would jam. Next, we started to exchange some music, I would give him a track of mine and I would record a guitar solo on a track of his and stuff like that. Eventually we started to hang out more, you know we started going to house parties and get drunk or whatever and we would be like....