Ruff (musical artist)

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Birth nameNicholas Joseph Ruffalo
Born (1999-11-18) November 18, 1999 (age 24)
OriginNew Jersey, United States
  • Musician
  • Record Producer
  • Songwriter
  • Digital audio workstation
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Drums
Years active2020-Present
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CitizenshipUnited States Of America

Nicholas Joseph Ruffalo (born November 18, 1999), known professionally as Ruff, is an American dance-pop music producer and songwriter.[1]

Early Life

Nicholas Joseph Ruffalo was born in New Jersey, United States[2]. He began producing music while at Gettysburg College after a friend showed him a video of the Chainsmokers performing at Ultra Music Festival[3]. He cites artist such as the Chainsmokers, Gryffin, & Hans Zimmer as musical inspirations[4]. In his downtime, he enjoys working out and being outside in nature[5].



On July 3, 2020, Ruff released his debut single titled "Self Sabotage" with producer MIKEY C and singer Lila McKenna via Australian record label Teamwrk Records[6].

He released a follow up single titled "Without It" alongside singer Robbie Rosen on October 2, 2020 via record label Killabite Media[7]


Ruff released a reworked version of the Justin Bieber song "Love Yourself" with American singer Diffrnt on February 26, 2021[8]

On March 26, 2021 Ruff released "Reasons", a collaboration with singers Robbie Rosen and Mercedes that he described as "a duet told from two sides of the same story"[9]. He released an acoustic version of the record on May 5, 2021 that FindYourSounds called a "cinematic charm, showcasing the production talents of a versatile artist with untethered creative scope"[10].



Year Title Artist Label
2020 "Self Sabotage"

(with MIKEY C & Lila McKenna)

Ruff Teamwrk Records
2020 "Without It"

(with Robbie Rosen)

Ruff Killabite Media
2021 "Love Yourself"

(with Diffrnt)

Ruff Teamwrk Records
2021 "Reasons" (with Robbie Rosen & Mercedes) Ruff The Dawg House
2021 "Reasons" (with Robbie Rosen & Mercedes) (Acoustic Version) Ruff The Dawg House


  1. "Ruff". DMC World Magazine. 2021-05-05. Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  2. Feld, Karina Michel (2021-06-04). "Rising Music Star Ruff On The Five Things You Need To Shine In The Music Industry". Medium. Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  3. robertcobbnfl (2021-05-04). "Interviews and Features: Q and A With "Reasons" Pop/Dance Songwriter and Producer, Ruff!". INSCMagazine. Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  4. "Ruff: 'Every song we've written together has been written in under an hour!'". T.H.E - Music Essentials. 2021-05-08. Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  6. "Ruff Welcomes Everyone to the Dawg House". One EDM. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  7. "Release "Without It" by Ruff - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  8. " | Ruff Reimagines Hit Single 'Reasons' With Acoustic Version". Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  9. Bruce, Dave (May 5, 2021). "Interview with RUFF". Retrieved 2021-06-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. TimucinOzgur (2021-05-06). "RUFF REIMAGINES HIT SINGLE 'REASONS' WITH ACOUSTIC VERSION". FindYourSounds. Retrieved 2021-06-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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