Christopher Mercer, aka Rusko was born in Leeds in 1985 to a musical family. From day one Rusko was surrounded by music whether it be his families piano's, guitars, banjo's and saxophones…or in his later years the heavy reggae and dub sound systems of Leeds, music has always been an integral part of Rusko's life.
After graduating from Leeds university with a degree in musical performance, Rusko discovered the world of dubstep through SUB DUB and a debut appearance from the "Digital Mystikz", having spent the past 10 years making future dub alongside Leeds very own Iration Steppas, Rusko connected with the sound and moved down to London to further advance his musical opportunities.
Veering away from the dark, serious side of the sound Rusko bought a highly driven energy and fun approach to the dubstep massive, quickly coining his own take on the genre that infected . His sound appealed to many people outside of the dubstep world as his productions became more adventurous in formula, sound and energy. His huge hit "Cockney Thug" has been played by everyone from Pete Tong, Switch, Diplo and Santogold. And has been remixed by Buraka Som sistema, Diplo, Drop the Lime and the Scratch Perverts.
Now part of the Mad Decent Camp with collaborations on the horizon with the likes of Switch, Diplo , Santigold, Trouble Andrew, Hot Chip and more…the future sure is looking bright. Currently setting the radio airwaves alight with his own productions and remixes of artists such as The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Little Boots and plenty more, Rusko is only going in one direction. Onwards, upwards and far beyond any other young producer could dream of.

Roni started on the path of production when he was thrown out of school aged 16, but music had always been a part of his life. Born and raised in Bristol, the sounds of the 70s blues parties and sound-systems happening in the St Pauls area of the city infected Roni's bones.

Meeting up with Krust in the early 90s brought two musically compatible minds together, subsequently creating Full Cycle in 1993 and a new direction for electronic music.

Having built a name for himself through Full Cycle and other labels, such as Talkin' Loud, 'Roni Size & Reprazent' took the world by storm in 1997 with their New Forms LP. Winning the Mercury Music Prize boosted their international status and the world awoke to the sound of Roni Size and Full Cycle. Thanks to such modern day classics as 'Watching Windows', 'Heroes' and 'Brown Paper Bag', the album quickly went platinum.

In 1999 with Die, Roni produced the highly acclaimed Breakbeat Era album and later that year released the long awaited second project from Reprazent, 'In the Mode' which included collaborations with hip-hop legend Method Man, Rage Against The Macine's Zac de la Rocha and beat-box master Rahzel.

2002 saw the release of 'Touching Down', Roni's first truly solo album and one of the biggest selling independent d&b albums to date. Then in 2005 Roni came back to 'V' with the release of 'Return To V' which included the top 20 hit 'No More' with Beverley Knight.

Roni Size resurrected Reprazent in 2008 with the release of a deluxe edition of his Mercury Music Prize winning album 'New Forms' on Universal in 2008. Reforming the band, they toured the biggest festivals in Europe and were amongst the nominations for best dance act from the UK Festival Awards.

Roni & Reprazent recently collaborated with the BBC's Nature's Great Events composer, William Goodchild, to play a landmark gig with an Orchestra and Choir to mark the re-opening of Bristol's Colston Hall. The night was rightly dubbed as the "show that we'll be talking about for years to come."

With so much already accomplished in his career, its no surprise that this year is set to be a busy time for Roni. Currently in the studio producing his next Roni Size album, whilst also working with the band on a new Roni & Reprazent album, stay tuned to hear about these soon.

TONN PIPER

Born and raised in one of the most celebrated musical cities in the world, Manchester, MC Tonn Piper has been blazing a path through the drum n bass scene for many years. During this time, Tonn has earned the respect of audiences and his peers nationwide as well as an army of fans that travel all over the UK and Europe to watch him perform. Renowned for his versatile flow and flexibility to adapt to different music genres, Tonn has a unique talent in combining his relentless rolling style with the ability of adapting and responding to a variety of crowds. These attributes have helped him build a fierce reputation in the industry, becoming a regular host for elite DJ's such as Andy C, DJ Hype, Scratch Perverts, Stanton warriors, Freestlyers, Goldie, Ronisize, Skream and Benga.

In his hometown of Manchester, Tonn is resident at the iconic Warehouse Project, which plays host to popular nights, APE and Metropolis. Tonn can also be seen putting in pulsating performances at; Global Gathering on the Random Concept stage, Creamfields, hosting the APE stage, Sanctuary Festival, One Nation/Slamming Vinyl, Innovation in the Sun and Dam, World of Drum and Bass, the massive Ultra Festival in Miami, VALVE, Tuesday Club, Xplicit, Sub Dub, Breaking Science. Working with such names Tonn has gained a wealth of experience and now has a huge fan base which is expanding by day. These massive events have given him the huge platform from which to catapult his career to the next level.

Tonn Piper has also caught the eyes and ears of the UK's most popular radio stations, with countless appearances on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra under his belt. Starting way back with performances on Monday nights with DJ Sappo, L-Double's MC Sessions and several of the Xtra Bass tours 2006/7, introduced him to the radio genre. He's brought in the New Year twice for Radio 1; Hosting for Sappo, Fabio and Grooverider, which was the 1st simultaneous, broadcast of Radio 1 and 1Xtra in Manchester, 2004/5 at Metropolis vs. Factory and hosting again for the New Year celebrations 2008, with a Pendulum DJ set live from Metropolis in Leeds. More recently, he performed at the 2009 Drum and Bass awards live, with the legendary duo, Fabio and Grooverider. Tonn Piper enjoys the privileged of teaming up with them for many influential club nights and important radio shows.

Tonn Piper is, however, not an artist that can be pigeonholed. Diversifying to allow him the scope to explore other music genres, Tonn continues to push the boundaries as the lead front man of the band, Daywalkers. Their unique and unforgettable sound is a vibrant fusion of Hip Hop, Rock Metal with a hint of Drum 'n' Bass thrown into the mix. With this new venture, Tonn Piper has well and truly stepped outside of the box, helping to set him apart from most of the other 'run of the mill' MC's on the scene. Tonn is entering territory never before seen by a drum and bass MC. Working on new and interesting projects, whilst still committing to lighting up the drum and bass scene, MC Tonn Piper is changing perceptions and challenging expectations.

Yush , peace to everyone loggin on , those of you who know me and those of you who don't , i'm still busy as usual, doing shows internationally , representing the world of Drum & Bass / Hip Hop / Dubstep and breaks , and some other stuff in between , but thats always been my style , i like it all. My new album "I don't like M.C's but you're alright/Styles Galore ! " will be released soon , exact date not yet determined , but be sure to be ready , its straight hip hop this time with all the styles and flavours u can expect from yours truly . "World of Dynamite" my first album is still available (check it out on itunes store) for those who like the mix of hip hop/breaks and drum and bass . "Big Man Talk" my hip hop mix cd is available for free !! look left for download link !! Thanx for your support (if your giving it !) catch me on the road for the rest of the year playing all the way from Paris to Perth !! So Peace , Love and Stay positive in the face of all that tests u....... Dynamite Mc

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Saturday, October 19 · 8:00 PM at The Electric Factory