RetroRuss is from `Back in the Day's'- discovering soul and funk at the age of 14 and in 1976, and started collecting the sounds from them. He did his first gig aged 14 years and then followed on with a series of one offs over the years. He discovered that it was better listening then playing! In 1976 he sneaked himself into the old Royalty in Southgate, North London before, at the age of 18, in 1978 getting `known' in the West club scene - at the time there was an explosion of disco music and RetroRuss got to know all the leading DJ's of the time, helping them on the decks occasionally, enjoying the energy of dance music of the time - always staying one step ahead of the pack.

By 1981 the scene had become too commercial and RetroRuss, tiring of high energy, synth music and just plain pap decided to hang up his Disco shoes. He still continued to add to his collection, often buying other disillusioned DJ's collections - who'd had enough! Consequently, over the years RetroRuss has built an extensive collection of Disco, Soul and Funk music, covering the Golden period 1977 - 1979.

20 years passed by and RetroRuss, after having raised a family, invested in a pair of Technics, a Denon amp, Gemini mixer (now upgraded to a PioneerDJM600) and a couple of speakers and started doing house parties! He played (and still does) the popular disco but his first love is the deeper hard edge dance music of the time...In October 2004 RetroRuss was asked to 'fill in' at a music night at The Royal Oak pub in Temple Fortune, which became a regular night. As Russ brought his ‘rare-groove’ 12” disco the night became popular with many House Music Producers listening to rare obscure disco for them to sample!

In June 2005 RetroRuss organised 'Lets Get It Together' with PapaG which attracted over 250 people, guested at 'Jumpback' held at The Progress bar in Tufnell Park and became a Moderator on the world's largest disco music forum in 2006. He currently  has a show on CRACKERS RADIO