Having been infatuated by electronic music from
a very young age, it was just a matter
of time until Jim Ramer would try and
make his mark on the dance music scene.
Drawing influence from 80s and early 90s
electronic acts like Depeche Mode, New
Order, Front 242, Skinny Puppy and Ministry,
Jim began experimenting with producing
his own tracks in 1991. With what began
as a hobby soon became an obsession when
Jim discovered a little haunt in his native
Gainesville, Florida called Simon's.
House, progressive house, trance, techno...call
it whatever you want, Jim was hooked.
For years it was just clubbing, buying
records he couldn't afford and loving
the music. It wasn't until he met Justin
Nichols(Mojolators) while attending college
that he was convinced to take a more serious
approach toward producing tracks. Justin
and Jim collaborated and began producing
tracks that started getting notice on
their label Unison.
As is typical in a college town, graduation
came along and Jim and Justin parted ways.
Jim then started working on solo tracks
under the alias of Xero and released "Marooned"
on Unison. "Marooned" got quite a bit
of attention from the likes of Paul Van
Dyk, Chris Fortier, Taylor, Steven McCreary
(charted #1), Pezz and Jimmy VanMallegham.
Upon hearing the track, VanM rang Jim
up and recruited him to work in his studio.
The two tracks they worked on (one which
was a collaboration with Sam Mollison
and Jesse Skeens) never were released
but got heavy rotation from Sasha and
Today, Jim is still producing on his own
and along with others. His current projects
include two releases with Kyle Hogan under
the name Filterfuks on Dave Seaman's
Audio Therapy Records and Vortex Records.
Their first release, "Mojo",
was featured on Liam Kennedy's "Atomic
Trance" Mix CD. Also, Jim is working
hard with Mike Hiratzka as Fu Man Sanchez
and released their first single "Strapped
On" on Ultra Records in 2001. In
addition, Jim and Mike are working under
the monikers Kung Fu Rodriguez
and Hiratzka & Ramer and are
again receiving critical acclaim. Their
second single, "Streak" (Spundae),
has been hammered by John Digweed, who
dropped it on Radio 1's Essential Mix
Live From Homelands and on his KISS FM
show live from Bedrock at Heaven.
Jim's reputation as a top-notch producer
keeps growing and growing. Along with
his current recording collaborations,
his recent solo works are again, starting
to get heavy rotation from many prominent
DJs. All of the hard work, dedication
and love for music have paid off for Jim,
giving him the opportunity to touch and
enlighten people with the music he loves