Rusko Reveals His Plans for the Future of Dubstep
London-born producer and DJ Rusko has plans for the dubstep genre. "I have a million stupid ideas... Some of them work, some of them don't. Like country and western dubstep. That shit was a bad idea."
All kidding aside, he's hoping for big things in the wake of his solo debut 'O.M.G.!' (Mad Decent/Downtown), which is out today on iTunes and in stores May 25. "I've been waiting for the right time in America as well as in Europe," says Rusko, who currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and six-month old Pomeranian. "Two years ago. America was nowhere near what it is now for dubstep. I wanted to make sure the time was completely right."
Rusko has steadily grown musically since he began releasing a string of EPs and singles in 2005, developing a more melodic approach to dubstep, which has traditionally been known for its dissonance and grime. "I've got lots of vocals on there and lots of instrumentation, and I wanted to make it something everybody can listen to. That was the whole point with the record. I wanted the whole world to be where Europe was at – especially England – a couple of years ago. And now America is at that stage, so it's exciting everywhere."
'O.M.G.!' features collaborations with longtime friends Ben Westbeech and Redlight, as well as Amber Coffman of the Dirty Projectors and rapper Gucci Mane. "It was a happy accident," Rusko says of his work with Gucci on the G-Funk-inspired 'Got Da Groove,' and looks ahead to more cross-pollination, including a Latin dubstep project with B-Real and DJ Muggs of the Soul Assassins. He is also a major contributor to the upcoming M.I.A. album, for which he produced seven tracks and is excited about his music reaching a wider audience, but jokingly a bit nervous about the reception it will receive.
"It's way out there," says Rusko, who worked with M.I.A. mixing the album in Hawaii. "Like, we went way out there. I hope people don't listen to it and be like, 'Wow, this is really fucked up. What the hell did he do to M.I.A.?'" [laughs]
No matter how far his projects take him, or how much versatility he shows, Rusko will always stay grounded in dubstep, which he views as the punk rock of dance music. "It's all about attitude," he reasons, pondering yet another unlikely paring. "And I have been in touch with Meat Loaf, so... Some Meat Loaf dubstep would be the best shit in the world."