I had the pleasure of meeting Ravi Ramadeen awhile ago and I couldn’t believe the talent that was one person. A DJ extraordinaire & model/actor, he is an adroit in the industry!
WBM: How did your background lead you to where you are today as a man in the fashion industry?
RAVI: I always enjoyed standing out from the crowd and never blending in with the norm. Fashion helped me to do that, to express myself through the way I dressed. I love dressing well. It’s like a subconscious confidence boost.
WBM: Tell me a bit about where you were raised?
RAVI: I was born in Manhattan but a lot of people don’t know that I actually grew up in the small town of Succasunna, New Jersey. Growing up there, everyone was about Hip-Hop, Pop or Rock and I felt a love for house and dance music, which brought me to New York City every weekend which was about a forty-five minute drive for me. It didn’t feel like forty-five minutes because I was excited to hear the music I loved, live.
Plus, the most exciting thing in the town I grew up in was probably the movie theater and McDonald’s. Still love where I grew up, but for those of them reading this, they understand.
WBM: What led you to becoming a DJ?
RAVI: Well, my love for house music. I started when I was fourteen years old and haven’t stopped. I always wanted to reach a mass of people with music I love and share the amazing feeling that I feel. Producing it and mixing it live is almost like, therapy for me. I lose and find myself in the music, simultaneously. It’s an out-of-body experience for me that joins my soul with intense beauty. Fifteen years later, I still get the same feeling every time I go live.
WBM: What is a key lesson you’ve learned along the way?
RAVI: Your real friends, stay your real friends. Your other ones become haters. You gain a lot of popularity and “friends”, but subconsciously, you question these people’s motives because when you were nobody, they didn’t care to know you. Your real friends have your back through your failures, upsets and more failures. Success isn’t instant. It comes with an enormous amount of downfalls. Those downfalls, however, end up becoming steps in your reaching success. Failure is good, as long as you don’t stop your journey. I see failures as checkpoints, to make sure what you want, is really, what you want. My main lesson learned is, to keep going. Period.
WBM: Think of these four characteristics of entrepreneurs: heart, smart, guts, luck. Which one were you?
RAVI: Hmm, that’s a bit tough. I would say heart. I wouldn’t be in the game this long, still striving, if my heart wasn’t in it. I’m all heart mon ami.
WBM: What has been your highest moment in the fashion industry and your lowest? Same with Music?
RAVI: My lowest moment in the fashion industry, was definitely in the beginning. Being told I was too skinny. Being over looked for jobs because of it. Because of my lowest moment, however, led to my highest moment, when Wilhelmina LA recognized me as real talent at a modeling showcase in Las Vegas. They told me all the reasons I was perfect for the industry. When, I looked at it from their point of view, it helped me to realize that the world is mine. The only person that can stop me from achieving, is me.
Music. My goodness. My lowest moment, regarding music, I would say is when I was starting out. Had my first club gig and filled the club with an amazing 32 people. That’s it. I look back now, and can’t help but laugh considering what George Mikel and I pull off now, with crowds. My highest moment in music is compilations of moments, almost every month. I’m still in awe and shock every time I see how many people we really reach all through out the world. I never even imagined that our music would reach people in Tokyo or Australia. I mean, I’m still in amazement reaching people in Canada. I’m completely and utterly grateful. It’s the people, that help me and George Mikel to keep going in this crazy, cut-throat industry.
WBM: Where do you see yourself in five years?
RAVI: Five years from now, I see myself running New York’s number one radio station, Myxotica Radio. New York has no terrestrial radio station for dance and house music and I feel as if it’s an obligation to give back to the community that helped me be successful in the music industry. New York needs this music. And, I want to provide it. Also, in five years, I see myself starting a clothing line. I have all the ideas for it…the name, the slogan, the look…but don’t want to give it away, just yet.
WBM: Who currently is your style icon?
RAVI: That is a really good question. I can’t think of one. I love to mix it up. From the looks of John Varvatos, Kenneth Cole, even H&M to guys like Xavier de Rosnay and Morrissey.
WBM: Fashion item you can’t live without?
RAVI: Fashion item I can’t live without would have to be my watch. I love watches. I love abnormal watches. I don’t even use it to actually tell time. I simply use it as an accessory. It’s almost like a watch fetish…but let’s not blow that term out of proportion.