When you have RAM Records label boss himself, “The Executioner” Andy C doing warmup duties for you, you’ve made it big. Dubstep superstar, Rusko, made his LA tour stop at the Hollywood Palladium riding a meteoric rise to the top of his game. Backed by a full scale stage production setting him high above the crowd, this felt more like a stadium rock concert than a DJ gig. But that didn’t stop Rusko from keeping things real by wearing a pair of shorts and rocking black socks instead of shoes. This charming, wacky juxtaposition is also what typifies his brand of dance music. He delivered his signature style of wobbly, witty, slightly off-kilter “brostep” which is the genre of choice for today’s youthful EDM connoisseur. And the youth were there in droves. Dancing, jumping, screaming and singing along, it was clear that while once considered a passing fad, dubstep has solidified itself as possibly EDM’s most dynamic, exciting (not to mention profitable) sub-genre.
Initially set to perform his “Alive” show, Andy C ended up doing a dj set instead due to logistical complications. As the winner of “Best Drum and Bass DJ” 10 years running, he’s no stranger to the stage and delivered what many were commenting on as being the best set they’ve ever heard him play. Usually a headliner, he demonstrated his signature range of styles and flawless mixing, setting the crowd off and proving his status as the world’s premier DnB dj. Photos by J. Wise.