OFFICIAL FAMILY

Winterman

Winterman started his music career early online in 1992 by doing remixes of Bjork on the infamous Bjork Remix Web, a site featuring bootleg remixes that Bjork herself frequently visited and later contributed to. Gaining local momentum in 1999, Winterman became a resident MC and Dj at Club Heaven & Hell in Adam's Morgan and engaged deeply in the underground Drum & Bass music scene playing legendary DC area venues and events like Club Red, UltraBar, Club Fur, Club 5, and Nation for Buzz Life Parties. With a music career spanning 20 years, Winterman has ritually been a Drum & Bass producer at heart, always integrating his Jamaican dancehall music roots, love of bass, cinematic imagery, and deep love for New York Hip-Hop into all of his music. Winterman is also known for regularly contributing music to film and visual presentations, landing his track "Mad" in the 10 minute film festival winning short film titled "Fighting Words", and more recently landing music in promo spots for Nike, FaceBook, and YouTube/Google. Winterman also created the intros for DJ Flight's legendary radio show on BBC1XTra, getting UK Airplay for doing collaborations with artists like Martyn on "Can't Control" and with Craggs & Parallel Forces on "Turn The Page", which was also included on Andy C's Nightlife 5 (2010) compilation. Winterman serves as the founder of RuffAndTuff Recordings and has run the label since 2007 in Washington, DC.

 

SoopaDaark

SoopaDaark was invited to join The RuffAndTuff Recordings family as a producer in 2019. They are fast becoming known for creating dark-themed but melodic dancefloor Drum&Bass, Jungle, and Hip-Hop influenced music and undeniably original selective remixes of deep tracks they find, and of tracks they are enlisted to remix by artists. After the wild success of SoopaDaark's iconic remix of Winterman's original Sound Clash track BOH!, SoopaDaark returns for 2021 with their ripping tribute to martial arts culture with the new single TIGER STYLE. It's fury in the form of a searing dancefloor DNB track. Heavy basslines and complex drum edits, melodic, and deep sound, it firmly depicts the dancefloor devastation that SoopaDaark set out as a producer to achieve. 2021 will be a blistering year for SoopaDaark as radio support for their music has surged.

 

DJ Wizdom

DJ Wizdom has been working in the club world since 2007 originally starting as a  well known DJ in Phoenix, AZ. In 2009, while actively enlisted in the United States Air Force, DJ Wizdom began his production journey in Japan.  Heavily influenced by the sounds within NY and PA DNB communities, as well as many well known names in UK DNB and bass music, in 2018 DJ Wizdom resided in Washington D.C. and began to produce music mixes with his good friend, and RuffAndTuff family, DJ Buk. DJ Wizdom and DJ Buk joined in 2019 to create the now (well known) weekly radio show "The 3rd Rail DnB Podcast". In 2020 after finding out experiences and directions were aligned, DJ wizdom was invited to join The RuffAndTuff Recordings family as a producer. RuffAndTuff welcomes our newest artist family member DJ Wizdom with his massive debut. With crisp amens and a deeply resonant ambiance that scientifically elevates vibe of the original track, DJ Wizdom's remix of SoopaDaark's BADNESS is expected IN FEBRUARY 2021.

 

DJ Buk

DJ Buk began his journey as a mixmaster in 2003. Making connections in the Washington, DC area, in 2009 Buk attended his first proper Drum&Bass event and that proved to be a game changer for him, and he then dedicated himself to the dark arts of DNB music. Through his tenure in the US Air Force, DJ Buk eventually met DJ Wizdom and grew his dedication to and love for DnB music inspiring his well supported weekly radio show "The 3rd Rail DnB Podcast". DJ Buk was invited to join the RuffAndTuff Recordings family by Winterman in 2020 in response to his thorough enthusiasm, promotion, and support for RuffAndTuff music throughout 2020. DJ Buk is also a talented selector and DJ, with a focus on heavy, melodic, and original Drum and Bass and Jungle music, without adhering to just one sub-genre of the music forms. DJ Buk will serve as a vital point of A&R, collaboration, and Promotion at RuffAndTuff Recordings, dedicated to finding the best new talent within our music community for the label. We are also looking forward to music collaborations from DJ Buk in 2021 with RuffAndTuff Recordings artists.

DJ Nitr8

DJ Nitr8 is a DJ and producer based in Northampton shire England with a deep love for hardcore and rave music since 1998. In the early days he grew his love for hardcore by attending underground parties such as Sunrise and Energy. Around 1992, Nitr8 got involved in the fast emerging world of Jungle initially as a dancer; he developed love for the rhythm and worked on stage hyping crowds at Bagley’s Kings Cross in London for 7 years with his dance crew "Children of the Bass". In 2001, Nitrate took next steps and purchased his first turntable setup and by 2007 found his way to Nu-Perception radio as a DJ and later moved to Nu-Rave radio with his own weekly show. Nitr8 also released music in 2012 & 2013 under the name "Project Coded". Through it all Nitr8 has been a great advocate for Positive Mental Health in his line of work as well and his compassion and friendship did not go unrecognized by overseas friends. Nitr8 has a great ear for music selection and key mixing skills that let us know in 2020 that he would be vital to our solid growth and success. Winterman at RuffAndTuff caught on to his highly acclaimed radio shows on Energy 1058 FM and after several great conversations on Twitter and decided to invite him to join RuffAndTuff Recordings as an official family member in December 2020. DJ Nitr8 will serve as a vital point of UK Based A&R, Collaboration, and Promotion at RuffAndTuff Recordings, dedicated to finding the best new talent within our music community for the label, and to development of quality new RuffAndTuff music.