I'd like to work with Honey Singh, says Skrillex
Ahead of his first trip to India, Grammy winning electro-dubstep sensation Skrillex talks about his music and collaborations.
How excited are you about playing in India?
So excited! My hands are extended fully. Can't wait to meet all my fans.
Are you aware of EDM's popularity in India?
I am, actually. My socials go off so much in India and Bollywood is something I've been a fan of for a long time.Seeing guys like Yo Yo Honey Singh taking dubstep and making it Bollywood-influenced is really exciting.
Are there any Indian artistes that you'd like to collaborate with?
I already shouted out, Honey Singh! But maybe I'll find some new artistes when I get to India and make a big hit.
What do you have in store for your Indian fans?
I'm always a very spur-of-the-moment type of guy when it comes to what I want to play, so I'm sure I'm going to get influenced by my surroundings. That apart, I want to experience, eat, see and do as much as I can.
Your fans did not react too well to your recent creative outing with Justin Bieber for 'Where Are You Now'.
Why would someone say my fans didn't react well when we sold so many records? I play it at my shows and everyone's still there. I think that's based on a small demographic of people speaking their opinion. If there's anybody who's a Justin Bieber hater, it's just prejudice; it's not about his music.
Daft Punk once said 'Skrillex has been successful because he has a recognizable sound: you hear a dubstep song, even if it's not him, you think it's him.' What makes your sound distinct?
My sound is a collage of my travels and experiences. That's the best way to describe it. I've been exposed to so many different types of music and travelled for so many years -I think that's what makes me who I am artistically . I've never settled and I've never had a destination; it's always a journey for me.
Who have been your early influences?
All my musical influences have been people who have done things differently or come from an alternative side. I grew up listening to everything from hip-hop to metal, to punk and IDM. I first heard Aphex Twin when I was really young and I realized that you can do something all by yourself, and let your imagination run wild and use a computer or electronics as an instrument. That really inspired me to become a producer. When I heard Michael Jackson I wanted to be a singer, and when at age 9 my dad took me to see Metallica, I wanted to play the guitar.
What do you think is the biggest myth people have about DJs and electronic musicians?
I like the myth that people think DJs or people who make music on computers don't have talent. It makes me feel like I'm doing something really fresh that parents just don't understand.
Where do you see EDM heading next?
EDM is basically just a platform for making music; it's not a genre. People said it was going away a couple of years ago. When kids stop using computers then I think electronic music will go away , but I don't think that's going to happen any time soon. You get inspired by a tool because it gets you from point A to point B. And that's what electronic music is.
There are scores of boys and girls now sporting the Skrillex cut. How did you arrive at this partly-shaved, side-swept hairdo?
One day I just decided to shave a side of my head. No real reason. I just looked in the mirror and shaved it.