Cole Ramstad is a funky, soulful NYC musician and Surf Lodge veteran. Ghostface Killah is a Wu-Tang, pre-gentrification New York, and music industry veteran. These two very different New Yorks came together on stage at Surf Lodge over Memorial Day weekend, and a shockingly high concentration of special moments ensued: Cole Ramstad shared a love story on-stage that brought his fiancee to tears, Ghostface brought a perfect flow to the stage, and a borderline transcendent sunset lit up the night.
CONVICTS caught up with Cole the next day and got his word on summer love, Montauk, and playing with a living legend.
Hey homie, to start can you tell us who you are and where we’re at?
Hey I’m Cole Ramstad and we’re out here at the Surf Lodge in Montauk.
What’s good about playing these Surf Lodge concerts?
Everyone out here is excited to be here, happy, and open to just getting down.
Tell me about last night. Firstly about the show, how that went, and then we’ll talk about Ghostface Killah.
Our show was fun. We got people dancing and then it really kicked off even more with Ghostface. That was a really cool thing.
Tell me about the relationship with Ghostface. How did that come about?
We honestly met yesterday. We talked on the phone before but we were connected through our teams, Jayma, who owns the Surf Lodge, really took it upon herself to give us a platform and opportunity to go out and get somebody that we liked, and we have a friend of a friend who hit up Ghost and his team and they were like “Oh yeah! That’s kind of interesting!” so we just kept talking and it just happened, it all happened within the last ten days. I was on the books already but they gave me the opportunity to get somebody and I did.
Talk about how you and Ghostface vibed, musically on stage?
There was a song we did last night called Cherchez la Ghost, which a sample of a real old jazz song, an almost ballroomey type song. It’s just really cool to be the backing band for that because we went over what we were gonna do, had some cool interludes. We played Let’s Stay Together. If it was a DJ set he was doing it over, the DJ would have played a Wu Tang song and then an interlude and then back into CREAM or whatever, so we basically did that same thing because we have the ability to play anything really. My band is the best-they’re incredible. It was a really fun thing to be able to do.
What did you guys talk about before and after the show?
It was cool. I went over and met him in his room and we talked for a minute. I just wanted to talk through the set with him so he knew what was going on. We laid down exactly what we were gonna do how we were gonna transition. We all hung out and just rapped about it, all met each other. All my guys are professionals, and Ghostface is obviously the penultimate professional. He’s on an aircraft carrier in San Francisco today playing a show, he was here last night. He’s Ghostface.
So switching gears: with everything that’s going on in the world, we decided this summer is about love and love songs. Tell me about love and music and how important these two things are in life.
I mean it’s a lot of what I write my music about. I’m afraid that some people don’t realize how important love is. It’s so easy to access now, which is awesome but it’s a double edged sword because we take it for granted. It is important and it always has been. It was amazing, I had a moment last night with the woman I’m gonna marry and I wrote a song for her and she started crying, I almost started crying as I was looking at her in the eyes and I was telling the story of what the song was about. She almost lost it, which she never does because she comes to my shows, but it was just that moment.
We witnessed that last night, we were all like “woah did you see that moment!”
It was cool. I didn’t see that coming. She’s pretty together and stoic, I mean she’s sensitive and wonderful but it takes a lot for her to cry so it was pretty amazing.
Cool. Well thank you so much, really appreciate it.