British Dubstep producer and DJ Rusko is a funny guy. Candid, and warm, he's comfortable chatting about everything and everything from the Lion King
, to medical marijuana. Rusko's also a guy who recently started taking a no bullshit, totally independent approach to getting music to his fans, quick and easy.
- Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman on John Water and Mariah Carey
A split from Mad Decent left him releasing new tracks on his website. "That's what I'm going to do with all my music from now on," he told New Times. This way, he can release albums in a month's time or less, since, he explained, "the way the record labels work, there's sometimes six months between finishing the record and it being released. It gets less and less exciting." He's heading in a totally different "punk rock" direction. "There don't need to be a million remixes of every track. I don't need to collaborate with a million people," he said, and we agree, all we need is Rusko.
His newest EP Kapow, which he describes as being populated with "old school dancefloor slammers," is up for free on his website, and he'll be breathing plenty of life into Club Cinema this weekend. Besides the serious business of music, Rusko came clean with us about off-tour weight gain, tripping on Holy Ship!!, and watching YouTube videos with Cypress Hill.
New Times: I saw on your Twitter that you were
making some pancakes out of things like Oreos and Rice Krispy treats. Is
that something you're doing?
Rusko: Yeah. Since I've
had a couple of months off touring and a couple of months in the
studio, I think that a lot of musicians find when you do that, you put
on a lot of weight. I've just been eating like a monster. I don't have
to do a show every night, and when I'm not doing crazy drugs like I do
on the road, I just (makes sound) balloon out when I get home. It gets
crazy. Playing shows and doing drugs is a great diet!
About drugs. You're a fan of drugs. Do you actually have a medical marijuana license?
Do you just get them? Do you have like glaucoma?
You just go to the guy and pay 50 bucks. You don't have to pretend you have a bad back anymore. (Laughs.)
God bless California! You were here for Holy Ship!! and you're coming back for it this year. Can you give me a crazy tale?
my God. Trying to think of something other than my one story. I'll just
tell you my one story. My friend was doing a DJ set on a private island
on the third night of Holy Ship!!. It was my best friend from London,
Doorly, it's his birthday and he'd never ever done acid before. Never.
So we decided to trip It was his 28th birthday. I never ever do it. We
were both like, we're on a Caribbean island, our friend's going to DJ to
us privately, on sand, it's 100 degrees, we're like fuck it, let's do
He had the best time ever playing in the
sea making sand monsters. I had the worst day ever. The worst place to
have a bad trip is a cruise ship. People screaming your name, wanting
your photo and unable to escape the rocking of the ship. It was like the
longest 12 hours of my life. It was unbelievably crazy. Everywhere you
went there were people everywhere.
Whenever I think of Holy Ship!!, I think of that day, being on that island, just so scared.
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