Emerged as one of the most renowned DJs in the Philippines, he does mash ups and mixes hiphop, R&B, electro, rock, chart-topping hits and upcoming tracks. Keeps each set fresh and will definitely keep the party crowd on the dance floor until the wee hours of the morning.
A regular headliner at events all over the country, rocking parties for celebrated festivals, special events for multinational companies and has shared the stage with the world’s best DJs.
You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know who Ace Ramos is. A top-billed DJ in major festivals in the Philippines and abroad, his career and status in the local music scene is the kind that other DJs dream of. Whether it’s opening for Tiesto in Hong Kong, headlining for thousands of people, or tearing up the Valkyrie dance floor, you can’t separate Ace from success. But, it took years of hustle for him to get there.
Starting out as a club DJ in the late 90s, Ace grew up in Nueva Ecija and had his first taste of DJing in elementary. “My family was musically inclined. My lolo put up a mobile disco, which was a cool thing back then. Around that same time, Francis Magalona visited our school to do a performance. He was with DJ M.O.D. After seeing that, I knew what I wanted to be.”
And how things have turned out for him: he’s easily one of the most in-demand DJs today, not only for his skill, but for his business savvy. “I think it all boils down to how you market yourself and how strong your network is. But even if you have the best connections in the music industry, you can’t make it big if you aren’t humble. You need the right attitude, and you need to know how to deal with people, how to add value to them.”
“Taking risks is very important for DJs today. Technology has leveled the playing field and we all have access to the same songs, thanks to the internet. You just have to take risks: whenever you play a song, panindigan mo. Hindo ako takot tawaging baduy!” In spite of his success, Ace continues to be a down to earth guy who just really enjoys what he does.
Don’t get tired of being rejected. Your time will come. You can’t please everyone. You just have to stick to your guns, world really hard, be confident, and go for it!
His advice for new DJs: “Don’t get tired of being rejected. Your time will come. You can’t please everyone. You just have to stick to your guns, world really hard, be confident, and go for it!”