101 with Tuff London

Over the last few years, UK Duo Tuff London have exploded onto the House & Techno scene with a string of chart-topping releases that have seen support for their music right across the board from artists as diverse as Techno luminary Carl Cox to BBC Radio One’s Danny Howard. With regular releases on imprints such as Sola, El Row, Spinnin' Deep, and others. 

We decided to invite them for a lovely chat based on their latest release "Psychodrama", which is out via Toolroom and it features Todd Terry as well as Jasmien Nanhekhan. 

What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?

We’ve had a slightly intoxicated girl trying to plug her phone in the decks once and nearly knocking the entire sound system off! Apart from that, it’s generally the normal stuff like being asked for Grime in the middle of a banging tech house set or someone trying to play us their SoundCloud link to them and their mate MC’ing lol. 

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

Apple Mac, Logic Pro, and too many plugins to mention them all. On top of that, we use UAD with many plugins. Our other gear is Mackie 824 mk2, Yamaha Ns10’s with sub box, Genelec 840 b’s, Virus c, Juno 2, Novation Supernova, Drawmer compressors/gates, Akai MPD 226, Akai S3000, Mackie 16/8 desk for routing outboard gear, a cuddly toy and a Foot spa.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

Our first gig was at a small back room venue in London. We were shitting it to be fair but it all went well and it definitely gave us the bug to do more. 

Name three artists that currently inspire you.

Inspired by a lot of people at the moment, however, Mark Knight, Camelphat and Carl Cox are the guys doing it for us on the DJ and production front. 

Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.

We’ve dropped the wrong track at the wrong time (normally, when a club is half empty anyway) and it totally cleared the dance floor. Every DJ has done it. If anyone has said they haven’t, they’re lying. It’s part of the process of learning your craft and ultimately turns you into a better DJ. 

What do you do before and after your set?

Beforehand we normally have a few beers and get into the vibe of whichever club we’re playing at. After we’ve played we normally do exactly the same thing and treble the beer intake. 

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Sam: Worked in a polyfiller factory that stunk of cat piss due to the ammonia they used in the filler. 
Ben: A Turkey farmer in Oxford. I quite enjoyed it to be fair. 

What are your favorite labels at the moment?

Toolroom, Sola, and Truesoul.

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?

Maybe some late 90’s techno by Sven Vath ... 

Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?

Best two bits of advice: 
1. Don’t be a busy fool.
2. it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

By Saša, edited on 10 June 2019