Christopher Mercer, aka Rusko from Leeds, UK, is one of the most famous dubstep producers and djs.
After graduating from Leeds university with a degree in musical performance, Rusko discovered the world of dubstep through SUB DUB and a debut appearance from the “Digital Mystikz”, having spent the past 10 years making future dub alongside Leeds very own Iration Steppas, Rusko connected with the sound and moved down to London to further advance his musical opportunities with Sub Soldiers label mate Caspa (Gary McCann). In 2007 Rusko & Caspa released highly successful compilation in “FabricLive” series under number 37.
Veering away from the dark, serious side of the sound Rusko bought a highly driven energy and fun approach to the dubstep massive and quickly coined his own take on the genre and turned the scene upside down. His sound appealed to many people outside of the dubstep world as his productions became more adventurous in formula, sound and energy. His huge hit “Cockney Thug” has been played by everyone from Pete Tong, Switch, Diplo and Santogold and has been remixed by Buraka Som Sistema, Diplo, Drop the Lime and the Scratch Perverts.
In 2008 Rusko released “Gone 2 Far / 2 N A Q”, “Mr Chips / Hammertime” and “Babylon Vol 2” on Sub Soldiers, “Bread Get Bun / King George” on Aquatic Lab, and remixes on Adele, Claude VonStroke, Kid Sister and Audio Bullies.
On December 13, 2008 Rusko presented his Essential Mix. 2 hour mix includes his own works, his remixes on Kid Cudi “Day N Nite”, Katy Perry “I Kissed A Girl”, Skream “Dutchflowers”, Kid Sister “Pro Nails”, his new collaborations with Diplo, Crookers, Clipz, Virus Syndicate and new tracks from his fellow dubstep producers Caspa, Skream, Benga and others.
On newmixes.com you can also find his mixes for BBC Radio 1 shows Annie Mac “Mash Up” , Mary Ann Hobbs “Experimental” and In New DJs We Trust. And his most recent mix Rusko created for DJ Magazine which you can download here (via discobelle.net).
Rusko – Cockney Thug
Rusko – Woo Boost
Rusko – Woo Boost