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If you’ve ever heard Russ spin, you’ve probably left the dance floor with a smile on your face. That’s because the music he loves to play is big, happy, vocal house, with a touch of gospel, progressive, tribal and tech thrown in to keep things moving. Russ has been inspired by artists like Prince, Everything but the Girl, Madonna, and Peyton, as well as producers/DJ’s the Freemasons, Moto Blanco, Victor Calderone, and Tony Moran.
Originally hailing from Minneapolis, Russ moved to San Francisco in 1997, and became immersed in San Francisco’s dance music scene. Institutions like Club Universe, Mass @ 1015 Folsom and the End Up showcased some of his favorite DJs, like David Harness, Neal Lewis, and Phil B. A few years later, with clubs like Industry and Matinee emerging, Luke Johnstone and Jamie J. Sanchez became two inspirations, and Russ began venturing into the scene as a DJ.
Early gigs included parties at the Powerhouse and Club Dragon, and lead to bigger bookings at Industry, HOM @ Infusion Lounge, and 1015 Folsom. Over the past two years, Russ has played on the bill with many of his DJ idols, including The Freemasons (three times!), DJ Escape , Luke Johnstone, Jamie J. Sanchez, Hector Fonseca and Abel.
For more information and podcasts, visit: www.djrussrich.com