Rusko on his “f**kload of drugs” habit and why Deadmau5 is still a “d*ck”

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U.K. bass-bender Rusko has never made a secret of his tendency to hit it hard, and his recent exit from a show in Texas on a stretcher was a testament to that. The DJ wound up that extensive trek around North America with a send-off show in L.A. at the Palladium, and in September he’s set to play the Electric Zoo Festival in New York. Then it’s time to head down our way for Parklife 2012. If his upcoming tour itinerary is looking quiet in coming weeks, it’s probably on doctor’s orders.

For the first U.S. issue of DJ Mag, which you can download for free, the magazine caught Rusko in the thick of his U.S. circuit. “I’m very raspy today, after 22 nights of getting pissed up in a row,” he says. “You know they have the one litre bottles of Grey Goose, the big fat giant ones? I do a whole big one a night. It’s a combination of tolerance and being more fucked up. Every day I wake up more and more hung-over and more and more bruised and tired, so I have to drink more to get myself in the right frame of mind to get back on stage. I’ve been drinking vodka for the last 22 nights in a row, so you build up a tolerance to it. Now I’m just necking it out of the bottle. It does make mornings a little harder, but every night I get more pissed. It’s fun. If I worried about it, I’d be a mess.”

On the topic of excess, Rusko elaborates on how the making of his most recent album, Songs, was something of an epic drug binge. “I made Opium entirely on Promethazine codeine syrup, which basically looks like opium in a bottle,” he cheerily details to the DJ Mag interviewer. “I managed to score a bottle of the real lean 100-percent codeine syrup. The album was very inspired by the drugs I was taking while I was making it. One day I took Rohypnol, the date-rape drug. I date-raped myself, and made a track, Dirty Sexy Money. I’m at this stage now, I’m drinking a bottle of vodka a night, enjoying drugs for what they are, and not being shy about it. This album wouldn’t sound as good as it does if I wasn’t taking a fuck-load of drugs.”

That laissez-faire attitude crosses over to his shows, too. “I always make sure that everyone’s been getting fucked before I get on the stage,” he says. “I get a little show of hands for who’s been taking pills, who’s been doing MDMA, who’s been smoking weed. I let them know what I’ve been doing too. Always on the level.”

It’s an attitude that stands in pretty stark contradiction to Rusko’s old sparring partner, Deadmau5, who just this week said in an interview, “I’m wearing this mouse head and I’m watching kids get carried out my paramedics over the front rail while I’m playing. Sometimes I just want to stop the show. It’s not cool to me. It upsets me.”

DJ Mag also pressed the UK producer on his rant against Deadmau5 back in 2010, which, as it turns out, was over drug use. As the story went, the mau5 objected to Rusko smoking a spliff backstage at a festival. “People have tried to reconcile us,” Rusko tells the magazine. “I’m like, ‘Don’t bring that c**t near me.’ It’s still very much on. We haven’t really been in the same room since it happened, until we are put in the same room by accident or whatever, who knows? He might be chilled out; it’s still on for me. Once I hate someone, I hate ‘em forever.”

“He did definitely try to shop me to security – what a dick!” Rusko continues in the interview, clearly on a roll. “The funny thing was we were in Colorado, which is a legal state. I was outside, with a medical marijuana license in my fucking wallet…Have you ever been to the backstage area of a gig before? They all smell like weed!” Read the full interview here.

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Mercury-Drinker

Mercury-Drinker said on the 19th Jul, 2012

The guy sounds like a wanker. Wonder how many people will care for what he has to say in a few years time, and where his life will take him then.

m_xt

m_xt said on the 19th Jul, 2012

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sonicc

sonicc said on the 19th Jul, 2012

I would take clear thinking energetic productive days over painful blurry hung over tired days anytime. Locking myself in a room and doing hard drugs for a month on end would be out right soul crushing.

PS Brostep tip. Real rockstars dont need to brag about how rockstar they are.

autumn acid

autumn acid said on the 19th Jul, 2012

This cunt think he's Syd Barrett?

definedbyrhythm

definedbyrhythm said on the 19th Jul, 2012

I'd never even heard of him to a few weeks back when i saw this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j71qvxns7C4

looks and sounds like he's off his tits

i_have_ADD

i_have_ADD said on the 19th Jul, 2012

hahahahha, i love it that people like him exist. car crash material, excellent.

Cremefresh

Cremefresh said on the 19th Jul, 2012

probably explains why his music is so accomplished

funkdupkat

funkdupkat said on the 19th Jul, 2012

roll up - roll up Rusko is in the house....

SANDSHREW

SANDSHREW said on the 19th Jul, 2012

Great read Jack. Though "laissez-faire" refers to a system of economics, and is here used incorrectly - perhaps what you meant was "blas"?

Bombalia

Bombalia said on the 19th Jul, 2012

What a douche... Almost as attention seeking as Sneak

slatts69

slatts69 said on the 19th Jul, 2012

Is he young enough to still make the 27 club?

ezy1000

ezy1000 said on the 20th Jul, 2012

you're a heaps hard cunt mate

dirtyepic

dirtyepic said on the 20th Jul, 2012

Oh. At least we know why all his tunes sound like a subwoofer having a panic attack now.

silverseed56

silverseed56 said on the 20th Jul, 2012

Enjoy the liver failure in years to come

dirtyepic

dirtyepic said on the 20th Jul, 2012



Laissez-faire, from the French - 'leave it be', literally 'let do'. While you are correct in asserting that it is a term primarily used to describe a system of economics, it is a term that has been appropriated for English to refer to "practice or doctrine of noninterference in the affairs of others, especially with reference to individual conduct or freedom of action".

In completely unrelated news, I need to get laid.

Digitalgrub

Digitalgrub said on the 20th Jul, 2012

If he wants to party, fair enough but 22 nights in a row is asking for an early death. Maybe he's channeling Frankie Wilde?

DANCINGDI

DANCINGDI said on the 20th Jul, 2012

Hahahaha!! @ Slats Tough but fair I reckon !! Hahaha A real twat !!

Amosse

Amosse said on the 20th Jul, 2012

It's not even good brostep.

DJ KnightSA

DJ KnightSA said on the 20th Jul, 2012

Rusko: Making even Deadmau5 seem less douchey.

djkillthehoes

djkillthehoes said on the 20th Jul, 2012

glad that all of you take the time to put in your encouraging remarks. Rusko is fuckin awesome. Im just impressed he is able to do what he does so fucked up. GREAT JOB

Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn said on the 21st Jul, 2012

dont know this geezer but he sounds like an absolute legend!

Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn said on the 21st Jul, 2012

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Sweave

Sweave said on the 21st Jul, 2012

I have loved rusko since the early days of babylon 1 but after reading this I just lost so much respect for him... why would anyone ever brag about how much drugs they are taking...I hope he gets better health wise

mr flauge

mr flauge said on the 21st Jul, 2012

this is exactly what dance music needs.
i can see the news doing a segment on parklife.
quoting these lines from one of the acts.

VOITY81

VOITY81 said on the 22nd Jul, 2012

this guy is a complete doof bag, I think he has watched fear and loathing too many times....

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 22nd Jul, 2012

"It’s still very much on. We haven’t really been in the same room since it happened, until we are put in the same room by accident or whatever, who knows? He might be chilled out; it’s still on for me. Once I hate someone, I hate ‘em forever.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG6FsXrlhCE

Wowk

Wowk said on the 22nd Jul, 2012

"My album wouldn't have sounded as good as it does"

...it doesn't sound good though?

JackT

JackT said on the 23rd Jul, 2012

Schooled on my use of laissez-faire by SANDSHREW in his first non-capitals, non-absurd post. Is this like your ultimate troll? Point taken, though.

KRiSTEEmau5

KRiSTEEmau5 said on the 23rd Jul, 2012

So the drugs made the tracks, not him... What an idiot. He can't produce anything decent so he results to an endless use of drugs. At least Joel has sober talent. I wonder how many hopeful fresh DJ's are researching these drugs and considering spending a night whacked to see what happens? Good job Rusko...good f**king job.

sounds_echoed

sounds_echoed said on the 23rd Jul, 2012

let's face it, a lot of them do take drugs and who knows if they do it on a daily basis or not but it's stupid to come out and publicly state it. at least Villalobos has half a brain to not admit it in public. ;)

DirtyKnees

DirtyKnees said on the 23rd Jul, 2012

People tend to ask about the creative process, ruskos is getting high as a motherfucking kite. Not to mention i'd take ruskos taking of drugs more than deadmau5's opposition to drugs because at least i don't have to hear rusko getting wasted when i don't want to.

dirtydoge

dirtydoge said on the 23rd Jul, 2012

SANDSHREW i disagree with your comment about the term laissez-faire. i first came across it in year 9 sport science when learning about coaching approaches e.g. laissez-faire (laid back) compared to authoritarian (ass hole). so its not just to do with a system of economics. it's French for "let do".

Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh said on the 24th Jul, 2012

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deano09

deano09 said on the 25th Jul, 2012

who said this industry was about music

Bognashavin

Bognashavin said on the 26th Jul, 2012

Nice to see some honesty. Go hard or go home.

Funkedub

Funkedub said on the 26th Jul, 2012

It seems he really doesn't give a fuck and is enjoying doing what ever the fuck he wants.

That's something a lot of people wished they could do.

Fewsion

Fewsion said on the 26th Jul, 2012

Interesting that the f-load of drugs title on the main page of inthemix was removed and is only the title on this page alone. Censorship at ITM? Or self-censured?

Dj Kenny 420

Dj Kenny 420 said on the 27th Jul, 2012

Rusko is a dubstep pioneer and legend for those that have never heard of him, Deadmau5 needs to get over his I am to cool for a dj attitude. I can't wait for Rusko to break the mau5 off one lol!

JoeMiller1988

JoeMiller1988 said on the 27th Jul, 2012

Abstinence vs. embracing negative stereotypes and drinking yourself to death... it'd be nice to hear from someone who believes in the possibility of responsible use.

lucagabs

lucagabs said on the 28th Jul, 2012

rusko you are a boss !!!

BillyGreen

BillyGreen said on the 29th Jul, 2012





Nah, not a pioneer. Definitely been a big player in more recent times but there is no way he pioneered the genre.

Hopefully Rusko doesn't burn out massively, simply for his own sake.

adstar11

adstar11 said on the 30th Jul, 2012

bottle of vodka a day. At that rate you will be dead before long....how will the music sound then? Get a life Rusko.

emlynwakg

emlynwakg said on the 3rd Aug, 2012

Clearly this guy needs to justify his habit by advocating it. What a fucking gay cunt!

WallaWetPaint

WallaWetPaint said on the 1st Jan, 2013

Yeah, everyone posting here is perfect I'm sure. Plus-- Dubstep isn't based on drugs at All...? Enjoi an interview don't be a righteous judge-mental fucker.