Saturday Night Session 002: DJ Ruckus

Saturday Night Session 002: DJ Ruckus

Few moments are extra sacred than the reprieve Saturday night time gives from the every day grind of college and work. Its significance is supposed to be emphasised, and thus, a characteristic devoted to “doing the night time proper” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set round energizing mixes meant to get the social gathering began. New or previous, every episode has one cornerstone factor in similarity: they function the right backdrop for the weekend pregame.


Few DJs get their begin taking part in high-profile movie star events as a young person, and even fewer folks use these alternatives as a springboard right into a 15-plus-year profession as a performer. New York-born Greg Andrews has performed simply that, and he’s nonetheless going robust regardless of taking part in greater than 200 exhibits a 12 months at high-profile occasions and as a resident DJ in golf equipment all over the world.

Andrews, extra popularly often called DJ Ruckus, is married to Victoria’s Secret Model Shanina Shaik. The pair make frequent appearances in mainstream tabloids, and Ruckus is understood for varied hip-hop-leaning originals. While it’s usually simple to write down off somebody within the public eye like Ruckus as a figment of the hip-hop and mainstream movie star world, he sat down with EDM All Day and stunned together with his distinctive insights on the state of digital music, alongside together with his attention-grabbing assortment of music influences.

Ruckus is an open-format DJ and sticks to no specific style when performing. One night time, he could play a hip-hop set, whereas the subsequent he could combine Latin music with digital drops, holding his performances contemporary and unpredictable. As somebody who spends extra nights a 12 months taking part in than not, this can be a method Andrews retains issues attention-grabbing for not solely his followers, however himself. He has a various set of influences that talk to his assorted present kinds, spanning from The Notorious B.I.G and Drake to Mark Ronson and Flux Pavilion.

DJ Ruckus created an unique combine for EDM All Day’s Saturday Night Sessions, and after studying in regards to the artists’ affinity for Flux Pavilion, the heavy drops and lure notes begin to make much more sense. On December 2, his spouse Shanina might be strolling in The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after a two-year hiatus from being an “Angel.” The present will even be a giant second for the digital music trade, as The Chainsmokers might be featured performers through the present. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion present has traditionally featured multi-platinum artists like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, and this showcases that digital musicians now have a seat at this desk.

As somebody who has watched digital music’s rise, Andrews speaks about how digital music has not solely come to the forefront of mainstream music tradition, but it surely has additionally modified the musical formulation behind a “pop hit.” He notes that “[electronic music] has additionally modified the preparations of pop, just like the breakdowns and crescendos in the whole lot from Maroon 5 to Imagine Dragons. The digital remix of a track is typically extra widespread than the unique now, and The Grammys acknowledge remix submissions. Pop has virtually utterly performed away with stay drum sounds. It has additionally opened up songs to having instrumental parts, together with the lyrical half because the norm in a pop sound.” In the digital age that’s the 2000s, it may very well be thought of the pure evolution of pop music to lean extra on computer-bred manufacturing backdrops, however Andrews may very well be onto an rising development because the trade reverts again to instrumentals in a synthetic age.

While performing 200-plus nights a 12 months pushes even probably the most resilient previous their restrict, Andrews responds to inquiries about subsequent 12 months saying, “You suppose 200 is loads, wait till you see what we do subsequent 12 months. This is me simply getting began.” He additionally mentions there might be extra related together with his identify than simply music and stay exhibits. Whether it’s sneaker collaborations, modeling gigs, or Latin, lure, and deep home originals, Andrews alludes that there’s a lot extra to come back for him in 2019. In the meantime, he’s supplied the right backdrop for these trying to prepare for the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show with an eventful Saturday night time.


You’ve been DJing because you have been a young person. How has your fashion shifted all through that point? Have you gone by totally different phases?

The recreation has modified a lot, though as I analysis the evolution I’ve gone by it is rather just like so many profitable DJ and artists. I began out with no matter vinyl I gathered from members of the family… The Supremes, Bill Cosby Live, and really random soul disco from the ’70 and ’80s. I professionally DJed with hip-hop, R&B, funk, soul, and disco classics on vinyl 2 turntables with not very a lot microphone use. I at all times considered having a “DJ profession” as a giant deal, and a preferred and profitable career though it wasn’t as massive as it’s now. It appeared huge to me as I used to be so younger, and the size I used to be allowed to carry out appeared so big to me.

Growing up in Miami, there was loads to select from within the nightlife territory. I moved to LA shortly after that, and witnessed the likes of DJ AM. I slowly watched the electro scene emerge, after which I began to assemble a brand new piece to the puzzle by my travels and exploration of DJ tradition from Europe, Asia and so on. At a sure time, digital music managed pop radio airwaves. This is the place we noticed the growth in DJ tradition. Now it appears to be evolving into all kinds of music, kind of a pangaea. That is within the industrial high 40 house. As for the underground, it appears to have at all times remained fairly pure area of interest and pushed by a selected sound.

You play greater than 200 exhibits a 12 months. How do you do it?

The reply is a concoction of ambition, ardour for the craft, love for journey, and a steadiness of well being and health. Also selecting when to drink and when to not drink all year long is essential.

What is probably the most over-the-top place or social gathering you could have ever DJed?

I like massive exhibits, however I additionally love personal occasions. I DJed on a temple in Egypt within the Valley of the Kings, which is a spot the place they don’t even enable vacationer throughout museum visits.

We heard you lately wed Shanina Shaik. Given you have been busy on the time, who DJed your wedding ceremony?

Haha, good query. I believe that’s on Google. It was Rev Run run, DMC DJ kiss, and DJ Politik.

The digital music trade has utterly modified over the previous 10 years, reworking into extra of a mainstream phenomenon. What are your ideas on its evolution as somebody who has witnessed this from the artist aspect?

What a world it’s grow to be. From the No. 1 hit songs, to the massive residency offers in Vegas and Ibiza, to the tons of of festivals all over the world, the enterprise has grow to be big. Electronic music itself has modified in so some ways. It has additionally modified the preparations of pop, just like the breakdowns and crescendos in the whole lot from Maroon 5 to Imagine Dragons. The digital remix of a track is typically extra widespread than the unique now, and the Grammys acknowledge remix submissions. Pop has virtually utterly performed away with stay drum sounds. It has additionally opened up songs to having instrumental parts together with the lyrical half because the norm in a pop sound.

It has in the end introduced a lot of the world collectively, which is gorgeous to me. Electronic music has gone from not being a part of hip hop to now virtually all mainstream digital DJs working with hip-hop artists and taking part in hip hop fusions of their units. I imagine that’s additionally a testomony to how invaluable hip-hop is, because it has maintained its presence all through the reign of digital music.

What do you concentrate on The Chainsmokers performing on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show?

Chainsmokers are the homies – kudos to them and anybody concerned within the evolution of dance  music, like Kygo, Snake, Diplo, Major Lazer and so on. They all moved the tempo round and opened up some potentialities for the style to keep up recognition when the development of massive room and so on. was dying.

How did you select your DJ identify?

Ruckus was a phrase I heard in ’90s hip-hop loads, by the likes of Das Efx, Wu Tang and most significantly to me, Busta Rhymes. I grabbed it and fell in love… it caught. I received just a little nervous when Rawkus information popped up, however I held it down and stood the take a look at of time.

Who are a few of your musical influences, each now and rising up?

Notorious B.I.G, Stevie Wonder, Mark Ronson, DJ AM, Marvin Gaye, Jay-Z, Flux Pavilion, Hermitude, Milky Chance, Wizkid, Goldcap, 4B, and Drake.

What is the most effective and worst factor about your job?

The worst half isn’t being house, being away from my spouse, and the alternatives an open-format DJ faces – which implies maintaining with too many genres and an excessive amount of music popping out too quick!

The better part is the journey and seeing the world, the fantastic folks I do know all over the place, and making folks pleased or with the ability to change the temper of any gathering with my data of music. At the tip of the day, I get to do one thing I really like each day with a bonus of getting paid to take action.

Are there any thrilling initiatives or collaborations we must always find out about from you developing?

Unfortunately, I can’t discuss them till they drop. But I guarantee you I might be beginning to fulfill followers with all kinds of content material to be pleased about. This is from sneaker collabs and new crystal jewellery to new unique music, together with Latin, lure, and deep home. I will even have remixes,  stay mixes, journal shoots, and mannequin vibes, to extra nice events and occasions and stay exhibits everywhere in the world. You suppose 200 is loads, wait till you see what we do subsequent 12 months. This is me simply getting began. If I can obtain a objective, I wish to do a star charity boxing match. If I can get into adequate situation, who would y’all prefer to see me combat?

If you possibly can have picked the theme track for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this 12 months, what wouldn’t it have been?

I’d say Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman” looks as if considered one of my favourite information. It speaks in regards to the fantastic energy of a girl, and it denounces our stereotype that God is something in any form or kind.

Photo credit score: Victoria’s Secret