Truss is the primary alias of UK producer Tom Russell. His sound takes it’s influence from the UK’s hardcore and rave scenes, melded with a reverence for past innovators like Neil Landstrumm, Cristian Vogel and Surgeon, while resolutely pushing towards new and futuristic constructions and structures.
A restless collaborator, his recent works with Perc, Bleaching Agent (as the mighty Blacknecks), Donor and his younger brother, Tessela (as TR\\ER) have seen him use techno as a starting point for explorations into the associated territories of noise, hardcore, gabber and tear‐out italo. His MPIA3 alias was admirably killed off at the height of it’s success, but the bare‐bones club power it summoned lives on in Truss’ current productions. The wider musical world has also been drawn to Truss’ sound, which has resulted in remixes for highly regarded bands such as Liars and Depeche Mode.
A DJ set from Truss (using both vinyl and CDJ’s) uses techno as a starting point to encompass all the sounds, genres and approaches that have gone before it, taking in and spitting out techno, industrial, EBM, acid house, hardcore and italo as well as the fruits of his numerous projects into a snarling, roaring mess of limbs, bodies and noise.
As TR\\ER, Truss & Tessela use a wealth of analogue hardware to create a largely improvised live set that fuses both of their musical influences.
Having now completed various side projects such as MPIA3 and Blacknecks, as well as numerous remixes, it’s his solo work as Truss that the talented Mr. Russell will now be concentrating on until the foreseeable future at which point even more crazy inspiration will no doubt take hold of him and he reinvents the word techno once again.