Skrillex Talks EDM Scene, Fame, The Drop & More With Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone got to catch up with Dubstep King Skrillex backstage before his 1:30 a.m. set at Bonnaroo last month.
The 3 Grammy awards winner DJ got to talk about the fast rise of the EDM scene, the famous ‘drop’, his newly found fame and much more.
When did you realize that the music you were making was part of a movement?
It was underground when I first started, especially bass music. In L.A., no more than 200 people came to local dubstep shows – this was around 2006, 2007. At Smog in LA, it was a big night if 150 people came. I feel like it started out without any major marketing promotion, singles, pop songs or anything. But when we’d show up in these cities all over the world, people knew what was going on. The venues were packed.
Why do you think it suddenly resonated with so many people?
I have no idea, really. The only way I can really give you an answer for that is if I listen to what people say. There’s so many different ideas. If I think about the reasons why this is working then it might fuck with the way I do things. That’s when ego happens, if you accentuate the things you don’t really need, you know?
You’re probably the most recognizable DJ on the planet.
It’s like when you see this [holds up iPhone] everywhere. That’s a strange thing because that was never the reason I wanted to do this. And when I was in my old band I didn’t want to be famous. I didn’t like that part of it. We just signed to a major label and it’s kind of funny how it happens.
How else has your life changed in the last year?
I can’t even begin to describe it. I haven’t been able to soak it up as much. I finally have a legitimate place. It’s still just a little empty warehouse right now. There’s nothing in it. They are just doing the final inspections because it’s new construction.
What is it like when “the drop” happens in a big space? Do you even call it the drop?
It’s funny. Like so many words, it didn’t have very much significance. It’s funny how things are created by press, in a way. Rolling Stone wrote about it. They wrote about “the drop.” It was more of a term when producers talked about the buildup, the intro, “the drop” for communication purposes, you know? But it makes sense. It’s what it is. It doesn’t have to have a drop. It doesn’t make a song. But for certain songs it’s kind of a structural thing.
Music isnt about the fokin “drop”…what the fok is a drop? Stop saying that word just enjoy music
— Skrillex(@Skrillex) February 12, 2012
Any sounds you’re obsessed with right now?
I’ve been getting more into dub roots, not necessarily dubstep roots, but making it into my own sounds which is a little bit more future-sounding with the old school elements and vocals. There’s a lot of cool stuff out there happening, a lot of underground producers blowing me away and blowing everyone away. People will see some cool shit.
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