RackNRuin: Artist Profile
One of the first artists to release on the now infamous independent label – Black Butter Records. RackNRuin is an artist to keep your eyes on. ‘Righteous’ with Navigator, Illaman and Serocee along with ‘Territory’ featuring Navigator and Slarta John (Basement Jaxx) were two of the first release on Black Butter and since he has collaborated with P Money and been dubbed by DJ Magazine ‘”One of the most exciting producers working in the UK Bass scene…”
In this artist profile, a further collaboration between Vancouver, Canada based company Urban Hit Promotions, we get to find out what influenced this artist and what his plans are for the future.
RackNRuin – ‘Righteous’ ft Serocee, Navigator & Illaman
RackNRuin – ‘Territory’ ft Navigator & Slarta John
Where did your name come from?
An old English saying that I thought fitted my sound!
What artists inspired you to make music?
The Clash, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson.
Was there a defining moment that made you want to make music?
When I bought decks and started buying vinyl. And then hearing all the underground UK sounds.
How influential was reggae culture to you in the development of your style? Any artists?
Played a big part in my productions over the years. Sampling roots and dub has helped me develop my sound. People like Horace Andy, King Tubby etc… Modern reggae & basement also influence my style a lot.
How influential is rave culture to your style? Any specific artists or albums?
Very influential. jungle, d&b and garage all were massive influences. Albums like Roni Size – Reprazent and Adam F – Colours.
What was the album, artist or song that made you want to make music? (Most inspirational).
Too hard to say! Probably a Michael Jackson tune…
Top 3 DJs off all time?
Jazzy Jeff, Jackmaster, Klose One.
Top 3 Producers of all time?
Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, Photek.
Top 3 albums of all time?
Michael Jackson – Thriller, Notorious BIG – BIG, Wu Tang Clan – 36 Chambers.
What set up do you use? Any specific equipment?
Logic, loads of soft synths and a Micro KORG XL.
Most successful track(s) to date?
RackNRuin ft P Money – ‘Signal’
RackNRuin ft. Jessie Ware – ‘Soundclash’
Plans for the future?
Carry on with RackNRuin and my new project with Foamo: Gorgon City. As well as producing for other people.
Current favourite artists?
Dusky, Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid.
RackNRuin releases on Digital Soundboy, Black Butter and the collaborative project with Foamo.
Don’t forget to check out the free download from RackNRuin available now.
Words by Jamie BC