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The CrossroadsKC Interview: Sublime with Rome’s Rome Ramirez

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Sublime with Rome (photo by Andreas Ramirez).

Sublime with Rome honor a musical legacy while pushing towards the future. Rome Ramirez recently discussed his earliest musical memory, the band’s songwriting approach and the impact of Sublime on music history. Sublime with Rome plays CrossroadsKC July 19th.

What is your earliest musical memory?

The earliest memory that I have of music is listening to Bob Marley in my dad’s car

These days, how does your songwriting approach work with Sublime?

We typically try to write the song first or try to come up with a really cool idea and then will go and record it.

What was the first song written for Sirens?

The very first song with Sirens was “Wherever You Go.”

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Sublime with Rome (Photo by Sheff)

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?

I think the biggest challenge we’ve had with the band thus far probably would be not being able to bring the music to every country that demands it. Sometimes we have schedule conflicts or it’s it flat out not safe to play, which results in us not being able to tour there.

Do you have a quote or motto that you live by?

Whatever you do, do it with all your heart.

What do you feel is Sublime’s place in music history?

I think Sublime’s place in musical history is during the formidable years of a teenager finding himself. And the music is with you forever.

What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?

Play everywhere in front of everyone or no one. Either way, it’s good practice and eventually somebody will listen.

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