Ramonda Hammer takes the spotlight this week. Devin Davis took some time to let us know more about the band and their roots in the SoCal music scene.
Hometown: Los Angeles
When the band formed: 2014
Members: Devin Davis (vox + guitar), Andy Hengl (bass), Justin Geter (guitar), Mark Edwards (drums)
When did you first know you wanted to be in a band?
Ha, I guess third grade when I started my first band called The Glitter Girls.
How did the current lineup come to be?
To my very pleasant surprise, I met Andy on the first day I moved to LA three years ago. He and I moved into this artist compound on the east side on the same day and I invited him to a show I was playing. I was like “yeah I’m in a band”, which was a huge fucking embellishment. Haha luckily he really liked my songs and we started jamming and here we are. Justin joined the band two years ago through an introduction at a party. Our homies were like “hey, this is Justin, his band broke up, he’s super sad”, and I was like yaaass I need that kind of emotion. And then there’s Mark. Oh Mark, our newest addition. Dear sweet Mark, recommended to us by our label for a run to SXSW this year, and then we just couldn’t get rid of him.
With all the little pockets of music scenes in SoCal, how do you go about checking out the local scene and finding new bands to listen to or even perform with?
I go to way too many shows. -_-
What’s your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? What’s one thing you wish you could change about it?
I guess I can only speak for myself and the scene of super dope bands that Ramonda Hammer has become a part of. So many female fronted bands and lots of camaraderie and support for and from each other. I love that all of these artists are building each other up and creating opportunities for each other. There’s no fucking way any of us could do this by ourselves.
There’s no doubt that this is a crowded place. So do you ever find it difficult to build up even just a solid local following? How does the band go about doing that?
We’re just super weird and put on heartfelt, energetic shows. People really seem to have caught on in LA. Now we’re trying to do that everywhere else. 🙂
How does you handle the band’s social media presence? Where can the readers follow you?
I feel like I’m really bad at it but I try my darndest! You can like Ramonda Hammer on Facebook or follow on IG + Twitter @ramondahammer to be entertained by my awkward comedy daily.
Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?
The Echo for sure! Always a good crowd and they have good green room snacks.
What is the band working on now?
Writing a full length album, set to record this fall, and release to you all in early 2018! 🙂