Rusko Stereo Live May 22, 2012
See video of Rusko freaking out on the way to his tour bus Tuesday.
With Rusko as your main act on Tuesday night, it was clear that everyone better be able to wake the fuck up and get their ass up. It was crystal that Rusko follows his own rules.
A line outside the door before Stereo Live opened showed Rusko's fans' loyalty, or the fact that they just wanted a good spot in the standing-room venue. Not till 12:15 a.m., however, did Rusko take the stage.
Hands rose into the air and Rusko came onto the stage yelling something into the microphone. I'm going to be honest and tell you what was said, and much was said by Rusko in very few words. To be honest, though, the man was a little too British for me to understand and seemed to have pure mush-mouth.
Skanker face? Hmmm...so basically take a cutout of Rusko's head, cut out an "O" shape in the mouth area and of course cut eye holes. The mouth shape made it easy for the few with masks on to drink, but many have their own Skanker face and dance.
The Woo Boost is simple: Mimic Rusko shouting F-bombs, while dancing to the melodic song with plenty of bass.
Rusko obviously has his own style, which Tuesday included cursing, yelling and dancing through most of his set. Hell, if a DJ can dance that hard and keep the beats going, it can be assured that the crowd couldn't stop dancing. That is, until rumors started going through the crowd.
At times the music would somewhat glitch or stop. I don't know if this was Rusko himself or people behind the sound booth. Not to mention that the few words I understood clearly from Rusko's mush-mouth talking were F-bombs left and right. Since "Woo Boost" wasn't playing, which entails repeated F-bombs, I assumed something had to be up.
So cue the rumors:
One was that, due to the packed venue, the fire marshal was called in. Many thought that the show was trying to be shut down. This brought back horrid memories for me of Skrillex's show of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Dallas last year. The fire marshals actually shut down that event due to the massive number of people and the fact that ambulances were on hand to take care of some attendees.
No worries, this rumor proved to be false at Tuesday's show.
Another rumor was that the music may have been too loud. But having been to Stereo Live before, that rumor made me laugh in its lying, filthy face. Yes, the music was loud and the bass hit hard, but that's no reason for Rusko's crazy actions and cursed-up ways.
That rumor went straight to the garbage.
The most obvious other rumor was that Rusko perhaps was a little too messed-up himself. This wasn't hard to doubt one bit. Having seen Rusko before, I can assure you he is one raunchy dub DJ, but never have I seen him go out of his mind, literally. It certainly seemed that he was.
Regardless if he was or not, he brought out his old style of darker dubstep, adding newer material that went just as hard. The effects of both styles had no lagging effect in Tuesday's crowd.
But then at 1:45 a.m., before the show was scheduled to end, Rusko disappeared from the stage. His music continued for a bit but shortly stopped. The crowd was left questioning how things would go. Would the show end? What the hell was going on?
He reappeared, jumping on top of his table full of equipment. Stomping around like a child throwing a temper tantrum, he murmured something about ten more minutes. And then the icing on top: "Fuck you!" as he turned and addressed some people behind his set.
The crowd's expression went into shock mode each time a preposterous statement was made, but they just laughed it off. People heard ten more minutes and took it to heart as they continued to dance.
Rusko wasn't ready to leave and neither was the crowd.
He slammed the microphone on the table and hurled some remarks towards the Stereo Live staff and stage crew, such as "I wish their mothers burn in hell" and "I take this as a fucking challenge."
The crowd cheered Rusko on, or at least couldn't help but widen their eyes and let a few laughs out. Many people near me shouted, "Wow, he is so fucked up!" along with "Is this real life?"
Soon those ten minutes were up and Rusko was gone. Curse words were dismissed from the building, followed by the crowd.
Whatever the truth may be behind the chaotic ending of the show, Rusko stuck to his own self, a.k.a. the crazy DJ whose sounds keep the crowd going while he's not even present onstage due to who knows what.
Personal Bias: Hmm...I'm going to assume Rusko was having a "good time." But regardless how the show ended and things went down, that was an awesome show. One of the most entertaining I have ever witnessed.
The Crowd: "Dub mania." Newbies young and old. It is clear that the EDM scene is on the rise in Houston.
Overheard In the Crowd: "What the hell is going on?!" That had to be the quote of the night from the crowd.
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Random Notebook Dump: Bahaha! Girls in high heels. Ouch-town, USA, with a population of y'all girls.
Other Random Notebook Dump: I dig Rusko's hair over any other DJ's. I think it beat Skrillex and Steve Aoki's long-ass hair. Rusko even had a towel onstage to dry his hair from sweat. Kudos to Rusko's hair and extensive vocabulary of curse words.