THE BIRDHOUSE 161: Russ Yallop Interview

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This week on the show, all the way from Brighton, England, I am pleased to welcome Russ Yallop in for the guest mix. Russ Yallop first got his start on Damian Lazarus’ highly esteemed Crosstown Rebels imprint back in 2010. For nearly a decade since, Yallop has been churning out top notch productions via prominent labels such as Hot Creations, VIVa Music & Knee Deep in Sound. Drawing from his upbringing and a love of Breaks, Russ Yallop’s production style continues to add a fresh take in the house scene. Check out Russ' Yallop’s guest mix below and read on for his BIRDHOUSE questionnaire.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

When Damian Lazarus said “yep, we’ll sign this.”  After my first EP dropped everything just took off.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I’m from Brighton in the UK, and I would say on my early stuff for sure as everyone in Brighton listens to breakbeat based beats as opposed to four-four so I had a memory bank of samples that were yet to be used in the house fold.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

Actually it never occurred to me ever.  Maybe it would have, if it had taken a few more years to be successful. My career as a promoter was just starting to tank as my career as producer took off.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

I’m gonna not say equipment but say whosampled.com.  My early sound was samples, samples, samples, so I used to use that site to find all the original tracks to do my sample digs.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

When I first started, I would say mainly Jamie Jones, Lee Foss and Wolf & Lamb.  I came in on the crest of a completely new sound and there was literally just a handful of producers on the same vibe it was crazy.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

Whenever I have a rough anything my medicine of choice is Chicken Vindaloo.  Taken with beer.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

As mentioned previously, unpacking a takeaway bag. I sometimes weep with appreciation if it arrives early.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I’m actually unbeatable at Connect Four.  I’ve been known to ruin after parties with it.

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Red and Beige.

Favorite and least favorite words?

Yes and no.

Favorite animal?

Duck

Favorite board game?

Connect Four

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Pickled onion space raiders

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Madonna – Live to tell

German or Detroit techno?

Alaskan

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Club. I hate warm drinks with a passion.

Biggie or Tupac?

Biggie

Star Wars or Star Trek?

1. Star Wars originals.

2. Star Trek TNG

3. All the other Star Wars

4. All the other Star Trek

Exercise or Netflix?

Exercise midweek.  Netflix all other times.