Over the last 12 months, UK Duo Tuff London has exploded onto the House & Techno scene with a string of chart-topping releases that have seen support for their music right across the board from artists as diverse as Techno luminary Carl Cox to BBC Radio One’s Danny Howard.
Heavily inspired by the underground sounds of house & techno from the 90’s through to the current day, Tuff London’s breakthrough single “Sending Love” was released on Toolroom Trax in 2016 and saw support from pretty much every single house & techno DJ right across the summer becoming a bonafide Ibiza anthem. Their latest track “No Shame” is out on Spinnin' Deep know and receiving positive vibes across all social and blog platforms.
We got a chance to talk to the guys about how they met, inspirations, favorite dishes and more!
How did you guys meet, and where did the name Tuff London originate?
We met out clubbing in London, where we used to listen to tough underground music (see how we got the name there?). We have worked together on other projects in the past and just became friends through a shared love of the same music and sounds.
What got you guys into making music, specifically Electronic Dance Music?
We've been involved in making music for a good few years now with other projects and things. We both got into it through a love of clubbing, partying and music and general – I guess we're both just attracted to the 4/4 beats!
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
As mentioned, we met on the dancefloors of the iconic London underground parties so we're inspired by all the DJs from that era such as Carl Cox, Trevor Rockcliffe, Danny Tenaglia and Tony De Vit. To be honest, though we take inspiration from just about everywhere – if it's good we like it and take something from it.
Who are some artists you are listening to now?
Artists such as Ben Remember, Prok & Fitch, Camelphat, Eats Everything and Mark Knight are the guys rocking it for us right now.
How would you describe your sound to someone whose never heard you before?
Pumping house music designed to start the party.
What are some things you like to do in a spare time when not making music?
Sam – I'm into my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so spend a lot of my spare time training and rolling around on the mats!
Ben – Painting still life pictures of Goats and Cooking.
What does the rest of the summer have in store for you?
We've got a busy one with a good mix of shows and releases coming up. We've got our collaboration with Ben Remember (titled ‘Save My Soul') released on Toolroom on 15th September. We've got a couple of remixes released that we're really excited about including the remix of ‘Paranino – Missile' that are featured on this mix. We're out touring in Cuba and also Italy, and then in September we're playing at Toolroom live at Egg London, so busy times ahead!
Favorite home-cooked meal?
Sam – Sunday roast. There is no better!
Ben – Stir-fry. It's all I eat!
Favorite junk food?
Sam – Fish & Chips.
Ben – Sausages; I absolutely love sausage.
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