Local Music: RamphastosWritten by Taylor Cheney, Stephanie Pope
Will, a fourth-year mass communications student and Virginia native, has been producing music since 2006 and made a name for himself on the Columbia music scene as co-founder of several local bands, including the satirical Sweet Vans. The experienced station manager of WUSC’s latest project and first solo act, Ramphastos, focuses on making beats based on soul music from the ’60s and ’70s.
Ramphastos was originally called Toucans, but the name received negative feedback from an attorney who claimed he stole the name of a client’s group, Toucans Steel Drum band. Heard of ’em? Neither have we.
“When I got the email, the attorney was pretty rude to me, but I thought I might as well just change it,” Will says.
He changed the name to the toucan’s scientific name—naturally.
A fan of Tokyo Police Club, Will draws inspiration from the chillwave movement (think Toro Y Moi and Washed Out, also Columbia-based) and U.K. base music, combined with the witch house genre, which he describes as “crunk hip-hop beats interpreted by Goth kids.”
So far, Ramphastos has performed at New Brookland Tavern, opening for the Michigan-based electric pop band Stepdad. His first album, “Black,” received positive reviews from various music blogs and was described by The Free Times as having a “human, emotional quality in its deep-soul samples…that balances its dark undercurrents and makes it a rewarding listen.”
Will has completed a second album, and he is excited to see where Ramphastos will lead him.
“It’s taken me a while to get where I am,” the aspiring lawyer says. “After I graduate, there will be times when I’m not working or studying law, and I’m glad I’ll always have this.”
To listen to Ramphastos, visit Ramphastos.bandcamp.com, check out Facebook.com/Toucansss and follow @TookyTooky on Twitter.
Thursday, 08 December 2011 16:07
I was searching some 70's music in itunes, I did not have luck , I think that it is one of the biggest errors that itunes has, just modern music in its data !
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