Around the World in 80 Ways was one of Russ Jones 'The Hackney Globe Trotter' aptly named club nights and for Russ - a firm lover of good sounds, funky eyewear, bicycle racing and vintage Volkswagens - it is more like a way of life.
Russ is behind some of London's most successful clubs including London Calling and No Room for Squares in the mid 90's. Guest deejays included, Gilles Peterson, James Lavelle, Fabio, Bukem & Norman Jay. Later on Russ moved London Calling to the Blue Note and subsequently became the Artistic Director of the infamous venue. Around the same time Russ also helped to set up the celebrated Brazilian record label 'Far Out Recordings' and worked with acts like Marcos Valle, Joyce, Four Hero and Roni Size.
Fast-forward to the 21st Century and Russ has become pretty much one of the preeminent ‘global beats’ and world music DJ in the UK and with an international reputation and following. From his seminal club night Future World Funk (est. 1999) he has gone on to compile over 13 compilation CDs including the very influential FWF series(sold in there tens of thousands around the world), two volumes of Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers (produced with Felix from Basement Jaxx) which received props from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Huw Stevens, Mary Anne Hobbs and Osun Lade and now a follow up with a twist - Arriba La Cumbia - The new sounds of cumbia from around world which in turn has morphed into a very successful club night and live session at the London's very cool Passing Clouds night spot.
DJ gigs have literally taken Russ all over the world from Beijing to El Salvador, Moscow, New York, Singapore, Lebanon, Japan, Turkey and Australia. Festivals are always a favourite and Russ has hosted and programmed stages and played at Glastonbury, Bestival, Montreaux, Womad, Big Chill, amongst others. In 2010 he hosted his own five week African music festival Afro Cup for the football World Cup at The Rich Mix in east London.