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|Birth name||Rami Yacoub|
January 17, 1975|
|Genres||Pop, dance-pop, pop rock, power pop, R&B, europop|
|Labels||Jive, RCA, Capitol, LaFace, Island, BMG, Atlantic|
|Associated acts||One Direction, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, DNCE|
Rami Yacoub (born 17 January 1975), also known by the mononym Rami, is a Swedish music producer and songwriter and former member of the songwriting/production houses Cheiron Studios and Maratone. Yacoub collaborated extensively with Max Martin in the early part of his career. He has worked with acts such as Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, One Direction, Westlife, The Saturdays, P!nk, Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias, Tiësto, Avicii, and NSYNC.
His talent for songwriting was already in evidence as he wrote many of the group's songs. Yacoub had also a short singing career but then decided to give all his attention to writing and producing instead. By 18 he had discovered production when, with the aid of a "sampler, a little mixing board, synthesizers", he began doing remixes.
In 1998, he was approached by Max Martin, who was looking for a new production partner, and asked to join the legendary Cheiron Studios in Stockholm. Rami's first collaboration with Martin was producing the hit "...Baby One More Time" that launched the career of Britney Spears.
Following ten years of service, Rami split amicably from Maratone in early 2008 because he felt that "he needed to go [his] own way." After taking several years off to take a breather and to assess what he wanted to do next, he began putting together his own production group based at his Kinglet Studios in Los Angeles and Stockholm, Sweden.
- Official Cheiron Studios website archived
- Max Martin Fansite: Rami Yacoub page
- Interview, HitQuarters Aug 2009