Interview: Ross From Friends

JIBBA JABBA INTERVIEW WITH
ROSS FROM FRIENDS

MARCH '17

WORDS BY RORY CONNAUGHTON & KENZA LONG
PRESENTED BY JESSICA ELENI NOULTON
PRODUCTION BY KENZA LONG


In our latest episode of Jibba Jabba, Jess is joined by London-based DJ and producer Ross From Friends. Making waves over the last year for his key contribution to the progressive genre of lo-fi house, Lobster Theremin affiliate Ross From Friends has quickly established a name for himself, with recent award nominations and an expanding stream of shows across Europe including Fabric and Le Sucre.

For the fourth of its parties JABBA kept to its cosmic basics, dropping in Ross From Friends and RAW MT - two DJs associated with the hotly debated lo-fi scene that has become a talking point among many major music publications in late 2016, such as FACT and Mixmag.  

The new seafront venue of MONO couldn’t have been more appropriate to support the raw analogue sound on show. Its back to basics set-up yields a Funktion One sound-system surrounded by bare brick in the depths of Brighton’s tunnels.

Ross From Friends kicked off proceedings in typically vibrant fashion with a live set that sparked the crowd. The producer laid it down on the buttons with support from keyboard, sax and microKorg guitar patches, bringing the eerie Brighton tunnels all the spaced-out synth they were crying out for.

Following this, RAW MT got stuck in with the deep cuts, representing his hometown by spinning some local Venetian talent, as well as some of his professed idols in house and techno like DJ Sotofett. This was a darker, more bass-laden extended set that brought MONO’s walls crumbling in.

This Friday JABBA look to broaden their horizons further, bringing in Drexciyan don DJ Stingray all the way from Detroit to provide teachings in electro, marking their first birthday on the south coast. They’ll be hopping houses once again to Brighton’s most esteemed venue Patterns, which should deliver a light show to match the digital tsunami on display.

Find out more about this Friday 17th March's JABBA here.