Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. Episode 19 is with none other than Ramy Antoun, CEO of A&F Drum Co. and it is a trip. It is hard to recall every moment in this podcast, but it is so stacked with greatness....and let that be known, Ramy is a person that has a lot of unique life experiences. Ramy is truly blessed.
So the official interview begins with Ramy giving us an overview of his experiences as a musician. Whether it was some of the people he made records with or toured with, Ramy has had some incredible moments as a musician. As an example, there was no audition for the Seal gig that lasted four years, you won't believe that story. Beyond that, Ramy talks about Buckethead for a bit. I don't want to spoil anything there. In general, Ramy's experiences as a musician are on the cusp of fable nature.
Then enters A&F Drum Co. We touch on the beginnings, the current affairs, and Ramy's future plan to preserve this ever growing company. We talk about how the A&F Family were found and came together as a collective unit, harnessing each persons' strengths as they contribute their skills to this amazing company. It is a very organic process that took place and it explains why it seems like they have all known each other for ages. Ramy also discusses his philosophy behind how he designs and creates these instruments.
I then ask Ramy what his chief motivation is in life. His answer is short and mine is long. For a time, I became the guest. Ramy is a very empathetic person and I believe it was hard for him not to ask more questions, but it was beautiful how he took the wheel and challenged me. Very rare to hear something like this in my podcast, or others podcasts that I have heard. It was a great moment in the conversation.
That leads us to perhaps the most compelling part of our conversation. A couple of weeks ago Ramy sent me a text and the message contained a story about how Ramy dreamt about a Syrian immigration agency named CRIS. No word of a lie, he sent me the link to the website and there is an agency that focuses on helping Syrian refugees reach and sustain self-sufficiency by integrating these people into communities throughout Mid-Ohio. So, Ramy wanted to know if we could discuss this stuff in the podcast and send a message to the drumming community. I, of course, said yes to that and so we discuss some ideas in this podcast and we urge you folks to consider thought to our idea.
In conclusion, this podcast is very intimate, thoughtful and funny. Of course, there must be some good laughs in there too. I hope you enjoy this raw podcast session and hopefully enjoy the in-depth look at why A&F is a thriving company and family.