|Christopher Mercer aka Rusko|
Born Christopher Mercer, the English 27 year-old dubstep king better known as Rusko announced that his new EP titled Kapow will be released on his website via Rusko Recordings this Sunday November 4th for free with an iTunes release on November 6th. Currently on a three-month tour to promote the EP, the outing was slightly derailed due to canceled shows in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Not to be held back however, Mercer will be here in OC November 9th at the Observatory in Santa Ana. We caught up with Chris and got some good laughs. In his charming British accent, he gave us insight on his background, what he loves about living in the states and why he's giving away his EP for free.
OC Weekly (Alejandra Loera): A lot of people think EDM and specifically dubstep doesn't require much musical skill or knowledge. Tell us about your background coming from a degree in Music Performance from Leeds College of Music. What influenced you to become a producer and DJ?
Rusko: "I've been making music all of my life playing the piano, saxophone and guitar in various bands. I played in reggae bands too, but loved making electronic dub stuff at home on my computer. After a while and me being a control freak, I realized I couldn't play the instruments as well as I wanted. I was better off being a solo producer. I loved to write out the music first and that became what I did. The first tracks that got played and picked up were dubbed reggae tracks like "SNES Dub9." I then turned to my friend Caspa who at the time was Sub Soldiers from London. He used to play some of my old reggae tracks and it became popular on pirate radio. I moved to London with Caspa and we set up our label. I was never really a DJ and only started to DJ once people started asking me to come out and play my tracks. I had to learn to perform, but it was never the original plan. Now I can't live without it."More »