Skrillex, Sonny Moore, OWSLA point man, whatever you choose to call him, the man is arguably one of the largest forces in music production right now, and that’s not just electronic dance.
After crossing streams with both hip-hop and pop on multiple accounts, Skrillex has firmly cemented his position as one of the world’s most in-demand collaborators. But he’s not about to take the piss for it.
In a pre-Coachella interview with Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt, Skrillex candidly talked about his controversial work with Justin Bieber. When asked about Deadmau5' squawking of Bieber using him as a tool, here’s what Skrillex had to say:
“If he was a real friend, he would come to me and be like, ‘Yo, you shouldn’t be working for Justin Bieber,’ rather than blowing it up all over the Internet and going out of his way to make people feel wrong for making a choice in their life. And I would say to him, “I enjoy working with Justin Bieber!” I’m a fan of his voice. And if you’re a producer and you get an opportunity to work with someone who’s the biggest artist in the world, for better or for worse, what would you say? Would you say, ‘no?'”
The 28-year-old pioneer also explained what it takes to get him excited about music and rock in particular.
“Music’s gotta be dangerous, and that’s what I feel like rock has lacked. The most dangerous music right now is electronic music and hip-hop. The best artists take limited resources and create the most out of them, and that’s what people are doing with computers and samplers. It’s like, ‘We don’t have enough money to get a whole studio and a whole band, so we just do the shit ourselves in our bedrooms.'”
Shockingly enough, when the discussion turned to what the next Skrillex album holds in store, he shot that entire concept down in a heartbeat.
“It doesn’t have to be an album anymore. It’s good to re-evaluate and start from the ground up of what it means to make music and what it means to release music. Every three years or so, I kinda step back for a second and wait for a bite of inspiration to throw me in the next direction. I’m just taking my time.”
And Skrillex finally set the record straight on what’s going on with the “EDM bubble,” stating computer generated music isn’t going anywhere and clarifying what people actually mean.
“A lot of people who ask about the state of EDM don’t know what they’re asking. Are you asking me how long people are going to make EDM? Like what David Guetta’s making? Avicii? Or are you asking how long people are going to make computer music? Because people won’t stop making music on the computer until computers go away. But as far as a certain culture and aspect of EDM, yeah, I do believe that it will go away, because the ratio of businesspeople is trumping the ratio of actual artistry.”
For the full interview, click here.