(Brandon Ruffin), known as Ruff Draft, in the post ambient, tech industrial era of music is an imposing, experimental producer from San Francisco, California. Musical blood ties to artist David Ruffin of the (Temptations) may explain the sometimes soulful play between harmony and discord in the collage like dissonance that is Ruffin’s music.
Ruff Draft, with a firm foundation in Nu-Jazz, Soul, and Hip-Hop, has released several projects which set you onto a Plutonian adventure of melodic chimes and space traffic, Draft bends ambiance music into Jazzy improvisation like sweet and sour, hard candy in tracks that follow lines that resemble hump-back arches.
A strong representative of the Oakland Electronic/Experimental scene, Ruff Draft is a resident musician at San Francisco's (RESONATE) and Founder of the rising (ROOTNOTE COLLECTIVE)and member of the (ALPHA PUP RECORDS) roster. Ruff Draft shares collective input and his a member of the following collectives (Potholes Music, Modern Filth, 10Thirty Records, and ELLT). Ruff Draft has gained the ears and respect by those who nod there heads to the journey of his space jazz vibes--RuffDraft keeps it no secret that his sound is highly influenced by the instrumental magician of sound Flying Lotus. But make no mistakes about Ruff-Draft's sound, though production influences such as Flying Lotus, J-Dilla, and MF Doom, can be heard in RuffDraft's melodies, his compositions live in a space all of their own.
"Im so highly influenced by FlyLo, Dilla, Doom, Pete Rock, and so many other great producers that one of the more difficult things at times is really pulling back--getting space from the track, and making sure that the songs I write have a true identity of their own--I just make music that I would listen to."
Ruff Draft has shared the stage with the likes of Mono/Poly (Brainfeeder), Odd Nosdam (Anticon), Dibia$e(10Thirty), Eprom(Rwina), Inightful (Soulection), Jonwayne (Stones Throw) several member of the infamous (TeamSupreme) and many other notable and talented musicians. His live performances are blissfully intoxicating experiences that intertwine galactic tones and tribal patterns which provide a cadence for the soul. Ruff Draft has shared his live experience with crowds at (Low End Theory LA), (Beat Cinema LA), (Bear Trap SF), (Resonate SF), (Beat Church SF).
Step into his dimension, breath in the atmosphere that shrouds his planet, let his melodies and spacey deep baselines fill your lungs, and prepare to be under the influence of his delightfully addictive sound.
COLABORATIVE EFFORTS WITH (THE IVORY'S)
Boards Of Canada
Miami Nights 84
RUFF ÐR∆FT’s tracks