Esosome is the solo progressive rock and metal project of guitarist, musician and songwriter, Jeff Ramponi. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Ramponi first became interested in learning to play the guitar upon hearing the guitar solo from the Iron Maiden song, “Two Minutes to Midnight”, at the age of 14. Shortly afterwards he began writing and recording his own music, first with a portable cassette recorder, and then with the aid of his parent’s computer.
After some years of guitar lessons and many compositional efforts on his own, Ramponi attended California State University Chico to study music and music technology where he worked with many different artists and musicians. Some of these musicians would later appear on the 2014 Esosome debut album, What We Thought Would Save Us. Guest performer and pianist Hugh Hammond can be heard on the track "Gracefully You Fall", and audio engineer Ian Keller was recruited for his mixing talents on the tracks "Bloom" and "Gracefully You Fall".
Upon graduation, Ramponi landed a job with the help of his friend, mentor, and recent cousin-in-law, Seth Chapla, in the videogame industry working on a guitar-based Xbox360/PS3 title called Bandfuse: Rock Legends as a music transcriptionist and level designer.
Ramponi is currently a freelance musician and composer, writing music for independent videogames as well as for his solo project, Esosome. The debut Esosome record titled What We Thought Would Save Us was independently released in July of 2014.
Currently there are plans for a new Esosome EP release titled Mythos Miscellaneous. Mythos Miscellaneous will feature music inspired by ancient mythology from around the world, and will be something of a departure from the progressive rock sound established with What We Thought Would Save Us in favor of a darker, progressive metal aesthetic. The EP will be released in the fall of 2014.