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Rami Yacoub (born 17 January 1975), also known by the mononym Rami, is a Swedish-Palestinian 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, NSYNC and Weezer.

Rami Yacoub
Birth nameRami Yacoub
Born (1975-01-17) January 17, 1975 (age 44)
GenresPop, dance-pop, pop rock, power pop, R&B, europop
Occupation(s)Songwriter, producer
Years active1988–present
LabelsJive, RCA, Capitol, LaFace, Island, BMG, Atlantic
Associated actsWestlife, One Direction, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, DNCE


Rami, born to Palestinian parents, began his music career at the age of 13 when he began playing bass in a band in Stockholm.[1][2][3]

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.[3] By 18 he had discovered production when, with the aid of a "sampler, a little mixing board, synthesizers",[4] 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.[2]

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.[4]


Rami Yacoub has said that growing up he listened to The Beatles, Prince, and Tom Jones. Other acts including Motley Crue, AC/DC, Iron Maiden also had huge impacts. He considers Denniz Pop his music industry "Godfather" and personal mentor.[5]


  1. ^ "You Definitely Know This Swedish-Palestinian Producer’s Discography", Vogue, 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Official MySpace page", Myspace.
  3. ^ a b "Rami".
  4. ^ a b "Interview With Rami", HitQuarters, 10 August 2009.
  5. ^ "An Interview With Acclaimed Music Producer/ Songwriter Rami Yacoub". Dirac. Retrieved 15 May 2019.

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