Dolphus Ramseur is the record exec. you oughtta know. His steady, tried & true commitment to musical acts in the Americana/ Roots genre is gaining much deserved attention across the globe. With the colossal success of such acts as The Avett Brothers, Dolphus Ramseur is a man on a steady mission. I’m not sure WHEN or IF the following Ramseur words have ever been spoken by ANY other Record Exec in the past 25 years, “We are looking to help build 30 year careers, not just a couple of years success” WOW!!! Read on & find out why a balloon ride might actually carry you further than the rocket kind….
Quick 5 Stats with Owner of Ramseur Records: Dolphus Ramseur
1. Tennis with Novak Djokovic or Back up singing with Sha Na Na?
Djokovic on center court at Roland Garros though I did see Sam and Dave and Sha Na Na in 1979 at the Charlotte Coliseum and it was rockin’!
2. Break it down under the disco ball or painted flower on the wall?
I am going with the disco ball. Especially at Terminal 5 in New York City during the last instrumental section of Laundry Room by the Avett Brothers.
3. Sunshine on your shoulder or rainy afternoons?
Rainy afternoon listening to John Martyn’s “Bless The Weather.”
4. North Carolinans do __________ better. Entertainment
5. Describe The Avett Brothers in one word: _______ Passion
Your career in music began as a Tennis Management major in Michigan. How does one go from Tennis Pro to Successful Record Label Exec? In regards to music I went to the school of hard knocks. I read and studied everything I could get my hands on about the music business. At heart though I am just a music fan.
In a world where big record labels don’t seem to get it & flash in the pan acts come & go faster than fried chicken at an after church social…how have you managed to stay the course & achieve the kind of mega success that surrounds The Avett Brothers?
To be honest I really don’t see myself in the music business. I am just in the business of each band I work with. For the most part we operate on a different wave length than the big machine. Never underestimate the power of the small.
We operate on the philosophy of winning over one fan at a time. This is a balloon ride and not a rocket ship. We are looking to help build 30 year careers….not just a couple of years success. Art cannot be rushed or sacrificed. You have to treat it with respect and honor it or you will find yourself making big mistakes that can hurt your career. I hope that we are also pretty good at treating fans the way we would want to be treated.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in this business?
I think the biggest lesson has been carried over from the tennis career. If you see a young kid with loads of potential you work with him on ways to improve and fine tune him or herself to make that potential shine. When I work with bands I do the same. I never sign them thinking that right then and there they are at their zenith. You have to cultivate it, work hard, learn from mistakes, etc….
Tell us a bit about the current Ramseur Records roster & where can we continue to surround ourselves with Ramseur Record Goodness in the upcoming months??
In 2012 Langhorne Slim will be putting out a new release in early June. It is very special and I think the best work of his career. I really believe in it. Samantha Crain goes back into the studio with John Vanderslice. They are making her next full length release. The Avett Brothers have a new one that is being produced by Rick Rubin that we are hoping to have out in late Summer or early Fall. The Carolina Chocolate Drops just released a new one that was produced by Buddy Miller. It is doing very well. So we are very busy which is a good thing. As always I look at Ramseur Records as just my little mix tape that I make for the world. Hopefully some like it.
Thanks Dolphus!! Carry on the Awesomeness
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