Rumwerks music is Rum Rozier’s musical production company.
After over a 10 year break from music, he’s back focusing on quality Underground Hip Hop and Downtempo music. With House Music records released overseas, it was time for him to get back to his first true love of Hip Hop.
His style is sampled based influenced by the likes of Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Alchemist, Apollo Brown, and Kev Brown.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
Rummy: Music has been a big part of my life since I was a kid, always listening to my father’s record collection of Jazz, Funk, and Soul music. I fell in love with Hip Hop after hearing GrandMaster Flash and the Furious 5 song “The Message.” My mother bought me and my twin brother Turntables when we were around 14 so I started out DJing, then one Saturday night listening to Club Style on the Radio in Cleveland Ohio, they played Ultramagnetic MC’s “Chorus Line.” and that changed everything for me. I knew then I wanted to be a music producer. It was such a natural choice for me to make coming from DJing.
Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing? Would you be as fulfilled in life?
Rummy: So the crazy thing is, I actually just started back producing music five months ago, after a 12-year layoff. I released some House Music, and Downtempo projects overseas, but was suffering from mental health issues, and wound up selling off all of my music equipment, in the middle of my most accomplished stage of music, with opportunities to produce music for some Hip Hop underground artists, and release some tracks on some well know House Music labels in France. When the demons come calling, and you answer, it’s downhill from there. LOL Thankful for a healthy mind and spirit today. If I wasn’t doing music, I would most likely be an interior designer or landscape designer. I think I would be fulfilled, but making music again, has made me feel so ALIVE again.
Rummy: I think the biggest surprise now is all of the love and positive comments I’ve gotten from people all over the world, from my IG posted instrumentals. Well since getting back into doing music, I expected the challenge of learning new musical equipment and trying to make it work for my creative process. I welcome learning so much more though as I’m pushing along in my journey.
You describe your music as Underground Hip Hop and Downtempo. What emotions can a downtempo initiate, that is unique, in your opinion?
Rummy: I feel underground Hip Hop just has a RAW energy about it, which is what I describe my musical style as. Rum actually stands for (Raw Underground Music) Downtempo Hip Hop is also known as Trip-Hop, Acid Jazz, Ambient Music, or Chill Music. I call that my more chilled outside and style of Hip Hop.
What ideas did inform “DOJO Challange” in particular?
Rummy: So the Dojo challenge was a beat battle I entered in August 2020, hosted by legendary Hip Hop producer @skibeats. He had @frontiervinyl select a track from his vinyl collection, and the 100 producers had to use that same record to create a track from it. There were some really DOPE producers who entered the battle, just all kinds of different vibes and styles.
Describe your approach to recording.
Rummy: So getting back into music after a long break, I had to discover a new style of making tracks, and something comfortable. I pretty much start my tracks off with a simple drum track of snares and kicks, then when I chop up samples, I build with different Hi Hats, Breakfills, and Percussion. My style of producing Hip Hop has changed so much since I was last doing it, but I’m experimenting more with drum tracks and sounds like I’ve never done before. Producing House Music definitely made me a better all-around producer.
What non-musical entities and ideas have impacted your music?
Rummy: Becoming a father a little over 4 years ago has impacted my music more than anything. I was so ready and content to write off my music career and document my accomplishments for my daughter to know, but since getting the itch to produce music again, she is right alongside of me watching and learning Akai MPC buttons. LOL She is truly my biggest inspiration in life, and Also my cousin Seed, who recently passed away from Covid-19 is my inspiration musically. I wouldn’t be the producer I am today without him getting me involved in Hip Hop as kids, and we recorded about 4 albums together.
What are some newer projects that you are currently working on?
Rummy: Right now, I have a few things in the works with some established underground Hip Hop artists, I don’t want to mention right now, until everything is solid with paperwork and contracts, but I am on a mission to bring quality production and a new Rumwerks sound in the market.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
Rummy: My favorite artist list is all over the place, but I love so many different styles of music. The Cranberries is my favorite band. Anything from the Jazz label CTi I absolutely LOVE! Portishead, Vil-N-X and Brawther, my brothers in House Music, Apollo Brown have been one of my biggest inspirations in Hip Hop, since getting back into it. When I left music, I stopped listening to Hip Hop, and it’s like rediscovering the music again, catching up on older to newer records.
I would absolutely love to work with KRS ONE, Hassan Mackey, Skyzoo, Joelle Ortiz, and many more dope Lyricists. Also RIP to two of my favorites, Sean Price, and Prodigy.
My favorite producers in no order.
- Burt Bacharach
- Quincy Jones
- DJ Premier
- Pete Rock
- James N Tinsley AKA. Nathaniel X
- Phil Spector
- George Clinton
- Willie Mitchell
- Kerri Chandler
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
Rummy:I want when they see my logo for Rumwerks to know they are getting something special, raw, creative, and dope. I want them to feel the energy I had while making the songs. I just want to contribute to the Hip Hop tree of dopeness, and be respected by my peers in the Hip Hop movement.
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