We caught up with one of the most recognisable voices in drum and bass right now, Ruth Royall.

With a slew of high-quality releases, Ruth Royall continues to shine and grace the airwaves. For her latest single, ‘Live the Fuse’ released last week, she’s joined NewState Music for a drum and bass workout with plenty of LFO bass and of course her sultry vocals at the top.

Ruth Royall ‘Light the Fuse’ is out now. Listen on Spotify. Find Ruth Royall on Instagram.

Why music?

I’ve never really done anything else, it just seems to be where I belong.

If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?

Possibly filmmaking?

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Listen to your gut.

What inspires you?

Friends, films, conversation.

What’s the next big thing?

I’m releasing loads of music this year.

Best club experience?

Probably Drum Shed the NYE just past.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I worked in a cafe in Bristol and my boss was a megalomaniac.

How do you know when a track’s finished?

It makes you dance.

What was your last day job and when did you realise you could give it up?

I taught music in schools until I moved back to Bristol and became a full-time musician.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

The theme song to the news.

What’s the easiest way to make it in the music industry?

Be honest, ask questions, always go to the party.

What’s the worst track you’ve ever released?

I loathe some of my early releases but fortunately no one can find that stuff anymore! 

Recommend us a film

Anything by Wes Anderson.

Recommend us a book

The Second Coming by John Niven.

What or who is underrated?

Clementine Douglas.

What or who is overrated?


What are you addicted to?

My phone.

What do you lust over?

Toast with loads of butter.

What is your greatest regret?

Not following my gut sooner.

What one thing would most improve your life?

More time.

What’s the worst gig you’ve ever played?

Any wedding ever.

Collaboration: rich creative experience or pain in the ass?

Definitely rich creative experience!

What’s the secret to a great mix?

The space you’re in.

If you could only listen to one more track, what would it be?

Probably something by Pola & Bryson.

How do you relax?

I walk my dog and listen to audiobooks.

What one piece of software/kit could you not do without?



It’s how I make all my music.

Art or money?


Ronaldo or Messi?

No idea…

Strangest place you ever wrote a track?

In the car.

Must-visit record store?

Rough Trade because they sell beer.

What’s your single biggest frustration in the music industry?

Everything is relative so no advice ever really makes sense.

What’s your favourite label?



They are eclectic and give a shit about the music.

What’s the worst thing about making music?


What’s your motto?

Be more dog.

Name something timeless


Tweet us a tip.

Don’t wait for the ‘right time’, it won’t come.

What’s the best production advice you can give in 140 characters or less?

Listen to the space.

Complete this sentence:

At heart, I’m just a frustrated 10-year-old who’s eaten too much sugar and not had enough sleep.

Can music change the world?

It already has.

What are you listening to right now?


What should you do before you die?

Write a song.

Ruth Royall ‘Light the Fuse’ is out now. Listen on Spotify. Find Ruth Royall on Instagram.

15th August, 2022

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