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Rusko (musician)

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Background information
Also known as
  • Christopher Mercer
  • Rusko Banton
Born (1985-01-26) 26 January 1985 (age 33)[1][2][3]
Leeds, England
OriginYork, England
Years active2006–present
Associated acts

Christopher William Mercer (born 26 January 1985) is a British electronic dubstep, drum and bass producer and DJ from York, England.


Rusko was born in Leeds and brought up in nearby York. He grew up in Wheldrake just outside of the city and attended Fulford School. He later graduated from Leeds College of Music with a degree in Music Performance.[5] Immersed in the world of dubstep through Leeds based event "Sub Dub" which was held at the West Indian Centre, Rusko moved to London to work with the record label Sub Soldiers with now no longer associated act Caspa.[2] During this period he introduced producer Reso to Dubstep and the two lived for a time together, driving his roommate "a bit mental" with hearing the track "Cockney Thug" through the wall for a week.[citation needed]

On 26 October 2012, Fact Magazine posted an interview with Rusko where he stated he planned to release his music for free instead of signing with Mad Decent again, following his dispute with the record label about the release of his second album. The Kapow EP is his first self-release. In 2013 he joined OWSLA.[6]

In 2015, Rusko and his former production/DJ partner Caspa announced a reunion with their first American show together.[7]


On 4 May 2017, Rusko announced on Twitter that he has been diagnosed with gastric lymphoma and would be canceling all events in summer 2017 while undergoing treatment.[8] His treatment was ongoing as of March 2017, with his first cycle of chemotherapy completed on 31 May 2017.[9] On 24 October 2017, Rusko appeared in an interview with Your EDM and announced he was given the all clear of treatment. He returned to the stage on February 23, 2018.[10]



Singles and EPs

  • SNES Dub / Hornz Cru / Tru Powwa (Dub Police 2006)
  • Acton Dread / Cockney Flute (Rusko Remix) — Rusko / Caspa (Dub Police 2007)
  • Babylon: Volume 1 (Sub Soldiers 2007)
  • BetaMax / Bed Bugz — Rusko / The Others (Veri Lo 2007)
  • William H Tonkers / Roma (2nd Drop 2007)
  • Dubstep Warz / Get Your Cock Out — D1 / Rusko (Dub Files 2008)
  • Gone 2 Far / 2 N A Q (Sub Soldiers 2008)
  • Mr Chips / Hammertime (Sub Soldiers 2008)
  • Babylon: Volume 2 (Sub Soldiers 2009)
  • Cockney Thug (Sub Soldiers 2009)
  • Woo Boost (Mad Decent 2010) #194 UK
  • Hold On (featuring Amber Coffman) (Mad Decent 2010) #96 UK
  • Everyday / Lick The Lizard (Mad Decent 2011) #106 UK
  • Somebody To Love (Mad Decent 2012)
  • Thunder (featuring Bonnie McKee) (Mad Decent 2012)
  • Roll It, Light It (with Cypress Hill) (V2/Cooperative Music 2012)
  • Can't Keep Me Down (with Cypress Hill) (featuring Damian Marley) (V2/Cooperative Music 2012)
  • Cypress X Rusko (with Cypress Hill) (V2/Cooperative Music 2012)
  • Kapow EP (Rusko Self-Released 2012)
  • Lift Me Up (OWSLA 2013)
  • ! EP (FMLY 2014)
  • Look Out (Rusko Self-Released 2018)
  • Has Made 5 More Songs (Circus Records 2018)
  • Mr. Policeman (Rusko Self-Released 2018)



  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (2010). "farleys Rusko's Biography". Last FM. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason (2001). "RA: Rusko". Last FM. Archived from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  3. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (2010). "farleys Rusko's Birthday". Witty Sparks. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Sing What You Want EP - Kotchy". Kotchy. 1 December 2008. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Rusko Bio, Music, News & Shows". Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Rusko plans to release all forthcoming music for free". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Rusko - Timeline Photos | Facebook". Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Rusko Is Officially Cancer-Free!". Your EDM. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2018-08-24.


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