Artist’s Name: The Ruffs
Release Date: 8th June 2019
The Ruffs are a three-piece from Nottingham made up of Connor Spray (Guitar, Vocals), Tyler Spray (drums), and Blaine Monk (Bass).
Their sound is a 90’s garage/Rock ‘n’ Roll mix. Having formed three years ago they have progressed well from the simple early support slots at grass root level venues around Nottingham right up to the present-day having just supported Black Grape at Rock City main stage.
They supported The Bluetones at Rock City, also earlier this year the band played at Le Truskel in Paris and took 50+ people along with them from all over the country. The gig was a massive success.
Last summer they played Bearded Theory Festival and Y Not Festival as well as successful gigs with This Feeling in Nottingham and Manchester gigging in most of the UK’s cities, most notably playing the Islington O2 Academy in London.
The Ruffs have supported DMA’s, Amazons, Pretty Vicious, The Enemy, Black Grape, Bluetones.
Their music has featured on Dean Jacksons BBC Introducing East Midlands show as well as an in-studio interview with him which was followed up with a BBC Intro gig at Rough Trade in Nottingham.
Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.
From the horse’s mouth – ‘The next big thing.’
Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favorite.
Personally, it’s more lyric-based, meanings, story, making sense or not as some songs can do but still be really good. The actual music depends more on my mood whether or not I’m proper into it or not at that point in time.
Tell us the names of the producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
Not too sure of many producers to be honest. We’ve got a great thing going with our current producer Phil Booth of JT Soar in Nottingham. He recently had Sleaford Mods in there and worked with another top Notts band Kagoule.
Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
Wouldn’t mind collaborating with Shaun Mendez.
Tell us your best mood to create a song.
Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.
Not interested in fame, though it is inevitable if you are part of something a lot of people are into it. Success, I’d say is where you’ve gone out and got something that has led you to look back on hard work and bad times with a smile.
Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.
Collaborated already with Nottingham rapper Jah Digga which was a great experience and showed how both artists can cross genres and still make a great track. In the future…I don’t really know. Shaun Mendez?
Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.
I can’t really remember when my very first time on stage was or being in a studio. I know it took me a while to get used to working in the studio though and learning that whole process of how things are put together to build and build towards a final point.
We record our tracks live now and it’s the best way for us whereas in the past at first we did it all in separate stages and I couldn’t get the hang of it.
We excel at playing live, so it made sense to play the songs live so they sounded the same as when we gig them. I enjoy the studio a lot more now and am always thinking of different things to try out, anything goes really.
Tell us how you approach songwriting.
I don’t really approach songwriting, I’d say it approaches me. I’ve written songs whilst driving to town in my car before, a full song. Then I have got songs that I started years ago but just can’t finish. Songwriting is a mad old deal. I’m blessed to be someone that is into it and can make it work; I do love it and never switch off from it. But it can be a nightmare when you try chasing it and it’s just not working at that moment.
Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.
I’m all about blending genres, sounds, experimentation, and everything else wonderful and weird. Someone will like it, even if it’s only you…
Tell us how you deal with rejection.
Take it on board and use it for fuel. Either that or listen to Shaun Mendez.
Elaborate on what compels you to sing.
I never feel compelled to sing. I just sing because that’s me and that’s what I do.
Tell us how you record your vocals.
Sing into a microphone that is plugged into a computer/ recording device or my iPhone.
Elaborate on the song.
Written about four years ago – Based loosely on modern-day love and social media intertwined with Mick Dundee and Shaun Mendez.