“You go through different stages in your life and in your career. Some changes take place due to personal taste and some are brought out by music evolving. When I started djing I was very into Trance and melodic almost epic music. I stuck to it for about three years. Around 1998 I met another Boston based dj, Matt E Love who owned a record shop Baseline Records in Framingham MA. I found myself spending lots of time there digging through crates and finding new records. I stumbled on a record from Belgium, it was the early tech house sound. It sounded so raw and not as polished but had driving rhythym and a very groovy baseline. I believe one side was by a producer Joff Roach and the other side was by Mac Zims. That was the moment when I had my stylistic shift and started playing more percussive sounding tracks.”
Dj Ruslan has become a regular in some of Boston hotspots. His unique mark has been left upon dozens of venues including Underbar, Felt, Venue, Rumor, Mantra, Umbria and Roxy to name a few. Currently he holds monthly residency in Underbar and Venue (Connecticut). Ruslan has shared stages with DJ Manolo, DJ Boris, Anthony Webster, Joey Bumps, DJ Alexey Romero, Louie Corrales, Matt E Love. Ruslan has also warmed up the crowd at club Tilt for a live performance of Jan Johnson (the voice of Paul Okenfold and BT).
This year, Ruslan has refined his rhythms, playing a blend of his own productions, tracks from his own label Monophonic Records and other cuts from across the divides between House and Techno. Though his dj setup has remained the same for the last three years, he is about to undergo a big technological upgrade.
“I have been using a Pioneer DJM800 and three cd j’s for a few years, but my setup is about to change massively. I have been playing around with Live and Traktor for the last couple of months. I am leaning towards using Traktor because it still allows you to change the tracks on the fly. To keep it short, everything I play will be an edit. I will be able to edit tracks on the fly, loop stuff, add acapellas, sort of what I do now but much more detailed. I am hoping to start that mid 2010.”
Ruslan has also teamed up with Anthony Webster and Amos in the studio working on new cuts for his Monophonic Record imprint.
“Monophonic Record is a digital record label I have just started. For now, it is just an outlet for music my friends and I are producing, but hopefully soon I can expand on that.”
DJ Ruslan’s “Organic Environment EP” with a remix by Anthony Webster has landed itself on multiple DJ’s play list in the US. Tracks coming soon from Ruslan are “Wobble to This” co-produced with Anthony Webster and Amos, Toys Dream and Latin Thing.
A constant student of djing, Ruslan’s love for the music motivates him and it shows in the smile on his face as he keeps the dance floor alive and moving.
Make no mistake, 2010 is the year DJ Ruslan got his groove back.