Grace Amsden, Senior Reporter
Harmonic singing and soft strumming can be heard in the College Center at Pierce College Puyallup. Student Dustin Ramsey spends Mondays and Wednesdays pursuing his teenage passion for music.
He started playing guitar at 15 years old, and on campus he usually performs Celtic and punk music.
“I’ve had a few people (on campus) tell me that they love the song I’m playing, and some people actually play my guitar,” Ramsey said.
He enjoys music from the heavy metal band Phinehas and most other genres except pop he doesn’t believe the lyrics are as heartfelt, he said.
“It’s just not true,” Ramsey said. “Pop music never sounds true to me, and honest. There’s a lot of musicians that try to get into the music industry (but) they don’t have a heart for the music. They want to be on stage for the money.”
Along with music, he’s president of the Japan and Culture Club on campus, which will officially begin once a faculty adviser is established. This club aims to build a community and share Japanese culture with others. Japan and Japanese culture is something of importance to Ramsey.
After Pierce, he plans to go to Japan. This is something that’s been in his heart, he said.
“I want to reach out to the young musicians there, because there are quite a few thousand Christians, though that’s less than 3 percent of them,” Ramsey said, “but they don’t have an easy way to get into the music industry over there. It’s harder for Christians to get into the music industry in Japan.”
Currently, he’s taking audio production classes at Pierce. In Japan, he’d like to start a business and be a music producer.
“It would start with a small production studio, probably in a house that I’d buy,” Ramsey said. “I’d just go out to churches across Japan, find young Christian musicians and give them a place to actually kind of call home away from home.”
To Ramsey, everyone’s different in their own way. Just as music styles differ between each artist, he says that this applies to language, as well.
His passion is also for linguistics. For fun, Ramsey creates languages from scratch. He also teaches people how to create a language, from the alphabet to phonetics, he said.
“The language is you,” Ramsey said. “The words that come out are ones that you create. If you’re doing it with a group, it’s the common part of all of you.”
Ramsey encourages people to follow their heart, and to not become “a plastic cutout of someone else.” After Pierce, he plans to go to the Art Institute of Seattle.
“The path that I’m going down is hard to go down,” Ramsey said. “It’s not exactly easy to get into the music industry. It’s not exactly easy to make it big with a studio, and it’s even harder to be a Christian finding Christian musicians in Japan.”
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