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  Interview with DJ Ruff

 

 


Ruffmanagement
A professional DJ management company and booking agency working to represent and discover talent worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 
Name: Rafael van Gerrisheim
Born: 07/13/1977
Years spinning: 12
Music types: Balearic House with progressive beats
Influences: Lil' Louie Vega, Junior Vasquez, and right now Marques Wyatt

DJ Ruff began his DJ career back at the age of 16 at a club called Bali in Barcelona, Spain. Originally from Amsterdam, Ruff moved to Barcelona to begin his DJing career. He worked his way up from bars to spinning at some of the best clubs in Spain, and as his reputation grew, so did his traveling agenda. Europe, UK, US, Japan, Argentina... before long he was a regular at Trade and Turnmills in London, and in Ibiza at Amnesia, Space, and Bora Bora.

At the last Spanish Music Awards, he won "Best International House DJ" putting him among the ranks of previous winners, Erick Morillo and Danny Tenaglia. In the near future watch out for two Ruff releases, including one track produced with radio host/producer/DJ, Wally Lopez.

In the US his popularity continues to grow, with a residency at Afterhourpower and GodsKitchen in Los Angeles. So when he was last in town, we sent Raves.com reporter Annalee to ask DJ Ruff a few questions about his stunning career - all by the age of 25!

So how did you end up getting started in this business?
I used to be the drummer for a band in 1993, and I was also the school DJ. Then, I moved to Spain and started working in bars and clubs around Barcelona..

What was the 1st record you ever bought?
Young MC "cinema"

Where was the 1st gig you ever played?
It was in Spain at a beach party on the Mediterranean coast

Do you currently have any residencies?
I have several residencies at Afterhourpower every other week, Ritual, Spain every other month, Germany (Munich) bimonthly, and Naked bimonthly.

Are you in the studio now, do we have anything to look forward to in the near future, maybe some collaboration with someone else?
I have some tracks on Weekend records, and just made one with Wally Lopez and David Ferrero, the next one coming out is with Franco Munoz and the Drummers of Love called "from Sitges to Hollywood".

What type of music do you listen to when you are not spinning? Reggae, Black Uhuru, Alpha Blondy, and some old school funk.

Have you ever worked on a Movie Soundtrack?
No, It sure looks like fun, I went to a premiere which the music was made by a friend (DJ Pedro del Moral) it was very exciting and fun.

What are your thoughts on the scene right now locally?
I think it's still good, even if a lot of people are complaining about it, we're still in the good days, in Europe we all talk about the good old days since the electronic music scene was there already for about 12 years

Do any favorite moments that come to mind?
I actually have fun at every gig, my residencies are a lot of fun but the summer is the best, especially at the terrace of Space.

In the many places you have performed, which one is your most favorite?
There's a lot of them, like Ibiza all clubs (Amnesia, Bora Bora, Space), also Afterhourpower is always good, Steve always throws good parties.

How has your creativity changed over the last 10 years?
Do you tend to stay with your own styles/ideas or do you allow the mainstream to influence you and your work? I play a lot of different styles and I love playing classics from the last 10 years, my style has always been energetic no matter what I play..

What is your current Goal as a DJ?
I've already reached what I wanted I wish everything could stay exactly the way it is right now, all the clubs I play have a great crowd, I have my favorite time slots, I thank god everyday for this.

What would you be doing right now if you never bought that 1st record and became a DJ?
I would be traveling the world with my backpack.

OK Last question and the cheesiest of all! What is the dopest thing about being DJ?
I love everything about it, I wouldn't change this job for anything.

-- interview by Annalee Stone

 

ace="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">   Interview with DJ Ruff

 

 


Ruffmanagement
A professional DJ management company and booking agency working to represent and discover talent worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 
Name: Rafael van Gerrisheim
Born: 07/13/1977
Years spinning: 12
Music types: Balearic House with progressive beats
Influences: Lil' Louie Vega, Junior Vasquez, and right now Marques Wyatt

DJ Ruff began his DJ career back at the age of 16 at a club called Bali in Barcelona, Spain. Originally from Amsterdam, Ruff moved to Barcelona to begin his DJing career. He worked his way up from bars to spinning at some of the best clubs in Spain, and as his reputation grew, so did his traveling agenda. Europe, UK, US, Japan, Argentina... before long he was a regular at Trade and Turnmills in London, and in Ibiza at Amnesia, Space, and Bora Bora.

At the last Spanish Music Awards, he won "Best International House DJ" putting him among the ranks of previous winners, Erick Morillo and Danny Tenaglia. In the near future watch out for two Ruff releases, including one track produced with radio host/producer/DJ, Wally Lopez.

In the US his popularity continues to grow, with a residency at Afterhourpower and GodsKitchen in Los Angeles. So when he was last in town, we sent Raves.com reporter Annalee to ask DJ Ruff a few questions about his stunning career - all by the age of 25!

So how did you end up getting started in this business?
I used to be the drummer for a band in 1993, and I was also the school DJ. Then, I moved to Spain and started working in bars and clubs around Barcelona..

What was the 1st record you ever bought?
Young MC "cinema"

Where was the 1st gig you ever played?
It was in Spain at a beach party on the Mediterranean coast

Do you currently have any residencies?
I have several residencies at Afterhourpower every other week, Ritual, Spain every other month, Germany (Munich) bimonthly, and Naked bimonthly.

Are you in the studio now, do we have anything to look forward to in the near future, maybe some collaboration with someone else?
I have some tracks on Weekend records, and just made one with Wally Lopez and David Ferrero, the next one coming out is with Franco Munoz and the Drummers of Love called "from Sitges to Hollywood".

What type of music do you listen to when you are not spinning? Reggae, Black Uhuru, Alpha Blondy, and some old school funk.

Have you ever worked on a Movie Soundtrack?
No, It sure looks like fun, I went to a premiere which the music was made by a friend (DJ Pedro del Moral) it was very exciting and fun.

What are your thoughts on the scene right now locally?
I think it's still good, even if a lot of people are complaining about it, we're still in the good days, in Europe we all talk about the good old days since the electronic music scene was there already for about 12 years

Do any favorite moments that come to mind?
I actually have fun at every gig, my residencies are a lot of fun but the summer is the best, especially at the terrace of Space.

In the many places you have performed, which one is your most favorite?
There's a lot of them, like Ibiza all clubs (Amnesia, Bora Bora, Space), also Afterhourpower is always good, Steve always throws good parties.

How has your creativity changed over the last 10 years?
Do you tend to stay with your own styles/ideas or do you allow the mainstream to influence you and your work? I play a lot of different styles and I love playing classics from the last 10 years, my style has always been energetic no matter what I play..

What is your current Goal as a DJ?
I've already reached what I wanted I wish everything could stay exactly the way it is right now, all the clubs I play have a great crowd, I have my favorite time slots, I thank god everyday for this.

What would you be doing right now if you never bought that 1st record and became a DJ?
I would be traveling the world with my backpack.

OK Last question and the cheesiest of all! What is the dopest thing about being DJ?
I love everything about it, I wouldn't change this job for anything.

-- interview by Annalee Stone

 

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