Inside The Track with Russ Yallop

Russ Yallop has been making quite the name for himself over the past few years with a slew of releases on Crosstown Rebels, Hot Creations, Avotre and Underground Audio to name just a few. His latest release is the seriously chugging 3-track ‘Hydro EP’ on the superb Material imprint. ‘Marauder’ is a sublime main room slammer with serious snares, whilst title track ‘Hydro’, in both it’s original format and Kydus Remix, bring healthy dollops of acid flavors to the table.

With EPs of this quality, it made perfect sense for us to sit down with the main man to discuss the impact the release has been having across the world’s dance floors, as we went Inside The Track with Russ Yallop.


1) Congratulations on your new Hydro EP via Material. How is it being received in your sets and how are other club DJs responding to it?

Yeah awesome. Luca Cazal says it’s always one of the biggest tracks of his sets and Jamie Jones played it at Circo Loco opening at DC10 which was really something.

2) Tell us more about the ‘Hydro’ track. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the musical direction?

Well, it’s a track based around a mad acid 303 line. This, of course, is nothing new but for this track I wanted to combine it with a swinging tech groove, as opposed to the traditional very straight 4/4.

3) Production wise, what makes ‘Hydro’ work?

I really wanted to combine an acid line and a groove with some real swing. To do this is not complicated but it does take some work. Acid melodies are created by a Roland 303 or equivalent internal sequencer, which has 16 discrete unmovable rigid steps. Swing in a groove is created by slight manipulation of these steps. To create the effect I wanted, using Ableton, I exported the swing pattern from the drum groove and imported it into the audio file of the recorded acid line.

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4) Is there one machine, program or technique that characterizes your sound?

I’m not sure I’d agree with any characterization that you describe in one word. As a producer, my sound is quite varied and has been made over the years using lots of different machines and platforms. This is not a boast; many of my favourite producers have a very certain sound, I just like a bit of variation.

5) What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?

There’s really too many to mention, but I use the Fabfilter Pro-Q EQ on every channel.

6) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?

I cannot emphasise enough that music quality tramples all over quantity. The competition now is so much that unless a track is truly excellent, it’s virtually worthless since there’s so many. A great track can be a career, a mediocre one is nothing more than a waste of time. So if you’re learning to make music, don’t tarnish your name by releasing anything before you’re ready.


Russ Yallop artist page and releases on Traxsource.