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Dancehall Tours – hosted by Pantason – Episode 27 – Rvssian


Welcome to Dancehall Tours a series where we interview artists about how cannabis plays a part in their music.

Today our host Pantason interviews music producer Rvssian. Tarik Johnston, commonly known as Rvssian (formerly spelt as RUSSIAN), is a Jamaican record producer, singer and entrepreneur. Rvssian is the founder of Head Concussion Records, a music production company situated in Kingston, Jamaica. Rvssian is also the CEO of Rich Immigrants, a label in partnership with Interscope Records with artists like Shenseea from Jamaica, and King Ko$a, and Big Bvng from Belize are currently signed to.

Tarik ‘Rvssian’ Johnston who is from a musical family in Jamaica has had an interest in music from an early age, learning to play the piano and drums from his father Michael ‘Micron’ Johnston, the founder of Micron Music Limited.

After graduating from Ardenne High School, Rvssian enrolled in the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. It was during this period that he met Vybz Kartel through fellow producers Jordan McClure and Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor. In 2008, Rvssian created his first rhythm “Liberty Riddim”, which featured Konshens’ “Ago Kill Me” and Vybz Kartel’s “Nah Hold We Down”.

Rvssian rose to popularity shortly after producing Vybz Kartel’s “Life Sweet” in 2010 then followed up with “Straight Jeans and Fitted” (a collaboration with Vybz Kartel), “Pull Up To Mi Bumper” (featuring Konshens and J Capri) and “Passion Whine” (featuring Sean Paul and Puerto Rican singer Farruko), a single which was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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