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Monotronic – Six Crucial Questions for Band Leader Ramsey Elkholy

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Monotronic is a New York City music collective founded in 2016 by guitarist/producer/ songwriter Ramsey Elkholy.

The band is known for producing catchy, eclectic grooves – and will release their self-titled album Monotronic on September 27.

The LP was recorded live at Bunker Studios in Brooklyn, mixed by Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Dave Pensado, and mastered by Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Greg Calbi (Tame Impala, David Bowie, Talking Heads, the National) at Sterling Sound.

The band’s first single is called “In Your Head.” The tune has instant appeal, first tipping its cap to the Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Runnin'” before branching off into original, inspired fun.

Listen to it here and then get to know Ramsey, the band’s founder, below.

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SIX CRUCIAL QUESTIONS FOR…

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NAME: Ramsey Elkholy (above)

BAND: Monotronic

POSITION: Band leader (guitarist, producer, songwriter)

HOMETOWN: NYC

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1. What is your earliest musical memory?

My earliest musical memory is my mother’s singing…Fast forward to my 10-year-old self and I’m at my first concert. My father took me to see Kiss at Madison Square Garden!

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2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?

One single moment doesn’t come to mind! I usually get butterflies before I get on stage, but it’s getting better.

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3. What do you like and dislike about touring? 

I love being on the road. I can drive for hours on end as long as there’s good company and plenty of music options. The downside is that I’m a pretty fast driver and that makes some of my bandmates nervous, lol.

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4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?

Like most people, I have migrated to digital media (for better or worse!). With that said, the Jazz Record Center on 26th street has an amazing selection of vintage and hard to find jazz albums. There are a couple other great record shops in the East Village and few others in Brooklyn.

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5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?

That would be impossible to answer since there’s so much great music in the world. But if I was stranded on a desert island and could only have one album with me, it would be a toss up between Mile’s Davis’ “Kind of Blue,” the Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” Zeppelin’s fourth album, or any of the many live John Coltrane albums released by Impulse! Records.

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6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?

Uber! Get me outta here!

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Images Courtesy of Monotronic; Portraits by Sobokeh Exports

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