Raja Ram (musician)

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Raja Ram
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Raja Ram on a tour for 1200 Micrograms
Background information
Birth name Ronald Rothfield
Born (1941-12-18) 18 December 1941 (age 73)
Origin Melbourne
Genres Electronic, jazz, ambient, psychedelic rock, psychedelic trance
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Flute, synthesiser
Years active 1969–present
Associated acts Quintessence, Shpongle, The Mystery of the Yeti, The Infinity Project, 1200 Micrograms, The Zap!, Cyberbabas

Raja Ram (born Ronald Rothfield, 18 December 1941) is an Australian-born musician and the owner of the United Kingdom record label Tip World. Ram left Australia in the 1950s to begin the hippie trail. He returned to Australia later and studied flute at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Ram travelled to New York in 1965 to study jazz. He was a founding member of the psychedelic rock band, Quintessence, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, playing at the first two Glastonbury Festivals (then 'fayres') in 1970 and 1971.

Shortly after, Ram retired for personal reasons and became an envelope salesman.[citation needed] In the 1980s, he returned to his music career being interested in the emerging genre of electronic music. He was one of the first people to make what is today considered psychedelic trance.[citation needed]

Ram formed TIP Records in 1994 with Graham Wood and Ian St. Paul. It soon became one of the most well-known goa trance labels. After the label folded in 1998 Ram then founded Tip World in 1999.

He collaborated with Simon Posford on the Shpongle and The Mystery of the Yeti projects and is a founder of 1200 Micrograms. He often plays the flute on ambient tracks.

Ram is married to Nita Devi, with whom he has a daughter named Sastra. He also has a granddaughter named Bella.

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Discography[edit]

  • Spaceships of the Imagination (2000)
  • Raja Ram's Stash Bag (2002)
  • Raja Ram's Stash Bag Volume 2 (2003)
  • Raja Ram's Stash Bag Vol. 3 – Smokers Jokers and Midnight Tokers (2004)
  • Raja Ram's Stash Bag Vol. 3 – Smokers Jokers and Midnight Tokers (Unmixed Edition) (2004)
  • Most Wanted Presents: Raja Ram the Godfather (2005)
  • Evolution of Expanded Consciousness (2006)
  • Raja Ram's Stash Bag Volume 4 (2006)
  • The Anthology (2007)
  • Raja Ram's Pipe Dreams (2013)

Raja Ram's Stash Bag Volume 5 (2014)

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