‘Just a Few Blokes Making Music in the Desert’ – Up Close and Personal With Ruff Club
Nestled amongst the golden sands and ultramodern architecture of Dubai, Scott Forshaw, Joe Beck and Jack Harris have collectively been moulding and sharpening what is now known as Ruff Club. Individually, the UK-born trio has had releases on labels such as Toolroom, Armada and Ultra and racking up over 5 million streams worldwide. Their latest work comes in the form of ‘Go All Night’ on Perfect Havoc’s newly forged sister label – Organized Chaos. Following the release, we caught up with Ruff Club and got to know them a little better.
Hi guys, thank you for taking the time to join us. Shall we start by talking about your year so far? 2020 has been a washout for many people, but some are using their time wisely. What have you been spending most of your time on with clubland off the table?
“Yeah 2020 has been a crazy year for sure! We are all working DJ’s so getting together regularly for studio sessions can be a struggle sometimes as we all have hectic schedules. But the current situation actually allowed the time for us to sit together and come up with tonnes and tonnes of new music. Which we can’t wait to share soon.”
What major goals did you have lined up for this year, and how have they changed as a result of the pandemic?
“100%, our aim for this year was to get this project off the ground and start doing some shows together as the releases started to come out. Obviously, those plans are a little more muted now so we are solely focused on trying to create the best music we possibly can and hopefully be able to play it in front of an audience when this whole situation has settled.”
Tell us about your latest release on Organized Chaos. How did that come about, and what has your experience with the label been like so far?
“All three of us are good mates and DJ’s. So one day we just decided to sit in a room together and get some music made. Things went well and Ruff Club was born. Following that I sent a few of our demos over to our friend Lewis (of Just Kiddin), he seemed to dig them and following that the Perfect Havoc/Organized Chaos deal happened! The label has been great so far, really supportive, helpful and steering us in the right direction where we need it. We’re hoping it can be the start of a long and successful partnership!”
You have already amassed some impressive career highlights. Talk us through your three most meaningful moments to date?
Joe: “I played at a great independent festival called Reach back in 2016 alongside Solardo, Stefano Noferini and Pirupa. To say the vibe from start to finish was electric would be an understatement.”
Jack: “Career highlights for me would include being able to travel the world doing the work I’ve always loved, I’ve been working in Dubai for the previous 18 months which is where I met Joe & Scott.
In the UK I played host to various successful underground parties along the south coast, I also was a lead resident at a music festival South Central for 5 years where I warmed up for acts such as Steve Angello, DJ EZ, Pete Tong, 50 Cent and more.”
Scott: “I think the one major standout for me would be that; in 2018 I had the honour of playing at the first-ever live music concert to happen in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where I was supporting David Guetta, The Black Eyed Peas, Jason Derulo and One Republic to a crowd of over 30,000. Being a part of and seeing so many people experiencing that kind of world-class concert in their country for the first time was truly special.”
You’re all Dubai residents, which is well known for its blossoming nightlife scene. How does it compare to the UK and can you see it becoming even more significant on a global scale in the future?
“The nightlife scene here is great, it feels like there is someplace to go every night of the week! The last couple of years has seen a number of high profile venues open up in the city who are booking top-class international acts every weekend. It’s really exciting to watch the scene grow and progress here!”
Scott – You have had a fair few largely successful releases, with backing from some seriously high profile names. What is your favourite release and why?
“I’ve been producing away for around 10 years or so there’s a lot to choose from haha! I’m a big fan of a track that I did with Joe and my good friend and longtime collaborator Greg Stainer called ‘Got Somethin’. It came out on Toolroom a couple of years back and has just been a personal favourite of mine to drop in my sets.”
‘Go All Night’ is a massively potent dancefloor weapon. Are there any particular plugins or synths that you love to use that are great for that robust sound?
“The main Bass sound was made using one of our favourite plugins – Repro. We end up using this synth on most of our tracks for something or another. Other than that we tend to use Serum as our kind of ‘day to day workhorse’ synth as it’s pretty much good for anything. As far as effects plugins go we swear by the Fabfilter stuff for all our mixing tasks.”
What is the #1 piece of technical production advice you wish you had learned at the very beginning of your musical journey and why?
“Just finish as many tracks as possible. No matter how bad you might think they are, just finish them. Practice makes perfect and the more you do, the more practice you’re getting.”
Outside of music, what do you do to keep your mind well-oiled and boost your productivity levels at max?
“Being based in Dubai we sometimes like to take a little retreat and do a beach or pool day as its right on our doorstep and the weather is usually spot on!”
Anything coming up in the pipeline for Ruff Club that you’re excited to share with the world?
“We have a weekly FM radio show coming up based over here and also we have around 15-20 tracks currently in the pipeline that we can’t wait to share!”
Out now, ‘Go All Night’ is a hard-hitting house cut with rampant energy, thunderous beat patterns and gritty instrumental layers. A high-octane stomper, primed for the peak hours of the party, it provides the perfect choice for those looking for that hands up and heads down moment, while hypnotising with its narcotic vocal hook.
Stream it now via all platforms: http://PerfectHavoc.lnk.to/goallnight
Dropping what we hope is a stark sign of things to come, Ruff Club’s latest release and their impressive individual back catalogue is more than enough to excite any house music lover about their future potential. Expect to see and hear a lot more from these boys in the months ahead!
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