rssk - MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #108


MakeItGood x FatKidOnFire #108

This week’s been a fantastic one for new content (and traffic for that matter) here on FatKidOnFire – and with a few new MakeItGood x FKOF features, as well as guest posts and brand interviews, that’s set to continue well into next week (and hopefully beyond).

Tonight’s interviewee in the MIG x FKOF series is talented young DJ (and soon to be producer) rssk. Ross hit me up with a guest mix out of the blue a few months back, pushing the deep and dark sounds I love – and asking if I’d be interested in support his sound. Never one to turn down a nice email (or a great mix), I hit him up and here we are. You can find rssk on Twitter, SoundCloud and Mixcloud or keep reading for the full feature…

Who is rssk?
rssk is a 24 year old Nottingham-based DJ pushing the minimal sub-driven dubstep sound.

What got you into mixing and producing dubstep? How would you describe your production style? My love for music has seen me pass through almost every genre under the ‘electronic music’ umbrella. It all started with electro in the 2004, house and techno in early 2006 and finally dubstep in 2007. My infatuation with the dark minimal sound started when I ended up absorbed in a bass-heavy minimal mash-up by the one and only Kryptic Minds about 3 years ago. Working full time hasn’t left me with much opportunity to produce but I knew from that point I wanted to do more than just listen.

How long have you producing and DJing?
DJing for a little over a year.

How do you go about building your tunes ? is there a process behind each one? What software do you use? For the last year I’ve been totally focussed on the mix and blend, aspiring to the heights of Youngsta’s minimal Mondays on Rinse FM. I’ve experimented with beats on both Acid Pro and Ableton Live and hope to dedicate more time to this over the next year. Watch this space!

Turntables or CDJs for when you play out?
Turntables all the way! There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a flawless mix with acetate.

What’s been your best gig and if you could DJ alongside anyone, who would it be? Unfortunately, I’ve yet to play out, and that’s not through a lack of trying. Nottingham has a thriving music scene and I’m sure an opportunity will present itself soon enough. (Although, if anyone fancies booking me, I’m cheap and low maintenance)! If I had the opportunity to DJ alongside anyone? I’d have to say Kryptic Minds, Youngsta or J:Kenzo (or all 3 if that could be arranged); they’re all stand up guys with serious skills across the board.

Who are your top 5 dubstep producers at the moment; and why? Any labels you’re feeling?

  1. Vicious Circle – For destroying Youngsta’s Rinse show with afterlife and hibernation!
  2. Razor Rekta – CHST018 is just massive!
  3. Versa – For his intricate melodic vibes.
  4. DCult – His attention to detail is untrue!
  5. Sleeper – Banger after bass heavy banger.

MacarbeUnitDigital/ Osiris/ RedshiftOne/ Innamind/ Black Box, respect to all.

What’s the future of dubstep – where do you see the genre going? Has it got a future? There’s no such thing as bad publicity, with artists like Skrillex, Nero and Skream being key in bringing dubstep to the masses (backgrounds aside)… The more the merrier in my opinion. But I’m convinced a natural progression will see more people flock toward the FKOF way of thinking [fingers crossed]!

Any forthcoming releases we can look forward to?
I’ll get back to you on that one.

Have you got any advice to upcoming DJs/ Producers looking to get their music heard or signed? Do what you enjoy, practice hard and don’t be afraid of rejection.

Any shoutouts? Kryptic Minds, Youngsta and MC Toast for being nothing short of an inspiration, and The PNG Crew (namely Fable, Solero and GA), Anex and Gutcha for putting Notts on the map.

3 people (dead or alive) you’d go to the pub with (and why)?
The original Big Apple Records outfit to get a feel for how it all started.

Favourite clothing brand?

Microsoft or Apple?
I can’t afford Apple, so Microsoft I guess.

A strong selection of my favourite artists, some massive tunes and a respectable level of mixing skill. If this is a good example of what he’s capable, we’re going to be hearing more of rssk in the future. Promoters, book the guy! Grab the download and hit rssk up on Twitter if you enjoy it as much as I have…


Track list

  1. Formless – Hidden Realm
  2. Cluekid – Swampman
  3. DCult – Particle
  4. Versa & Rowl – Tesla
  5. Pheral – Hatchway
  6. Gutcha – Dark Visions
  7. Perverse – Shaitan
  8. TMSV – Difference (J:Kenzo remix)
  9. Sleeper – Untitled
  10. Versa – Monsoon
  11. Sleeper & District – Transitions
  12. Kotcha – Embrace (Georgehopcraft Master)
  13. Demon – Chang Caine
  14. TZR – Secrets (Instrumental)
  15. DJ Madd ft. LX One – Program
  16. Anex – Delusions
  17. Phaeleh – In The Twilight

If you have any thoughts on what rssk has had to say, or anything else you’ve seen – maybe you’ve got someone to recommend to FKOF or seen something you think we’d like? Get in touch via emailTwitterFacebook or the FKOF TakesQuestions page.