With his giant black plastic frames, long side-swept hair with a shaved side, and plaid shirts, Skrillex has not only branded himself as the current king of the EDM movement, but as a musical caricature that’s used as a clue in the latest iPhone gaming trend–Draw Something.
In an interview with Pitchfork, Skrillex dispelled some of these stereotypes. And this morning, the DJ responded to a Twitter comment about his hair from Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor with a friendly joke back.
Come to think of it, Skrillex may indeed owe me some publishing on that hairdo.
On how he started making electronic music:
“I was 14 when I started Fruity Loops. I have this old tower in storage, the computer crashed but the discs are still there. One day, I wanna try to [retrieve the files] ’cause I have so many songs from Fruity Loops, man. Just really weird deep techno/mellow acid– like no real genre, just making things.”
“At that time, I was listening to all the Warp Records stuff. Aphex Twin and Squarepusher were just these bearded bedroom geeks, and that was cool to me! Around 16, I started going to warehouse parties in L.A. and DJing.”
“I’d play that stuff, and no one [danced]. I didn’t get it. I was like, “Dude! It’s so much more complex! Listen to what’s going on!” But that’s what made me realize it’s not necessarily about complexity. Everything has its purpose, though.”
On why he doesn’t want to be in the spotlight:
“Well, I don’t want to sound overly humble because that’s almost egotistical in its own right, but I feel like I’m not trying to do anything. I’m just existing and making the music I want to make. To see all this stuff happen is a crazy f**kin’ thing. From First to Last got a big [label] deal, but I left that band because it wasn’t the music I wanted to do. I was just making electronic music for fun after that. I hit a point in my life where I was cool with being broke and having a real cheap apartment.”
“Also, I didn’t want to be a guy that’s [in the spotlight]. So it’s funny to see that happen again now. I don’t want to be that. I’m just making music and hanging out with my friends and, if we’re gonna do a show, we can make it special and bring robots out or something. It’s a platform to do crazy, fun sh*t.”
On why he does and doesn’t care what other people think:
[pullquote quote=”I’ll be honest, it’s not f**king easy. I try to avoid seeing what people say about me.”]”I like making f**king fun music that I like. The last thing I ever want is to have other people’s opinions change how I want to make music. That’s the scary thing. I’ll be honest, it’s not f**king easy. I try to avoid seeing what people say about me. People come up to me and say, “Man, so many people hate on you, just do your thing.”
“And I’m “OK, man, don’t f**king tell me about it anymore.” I’ll fail, to myself at least, if I let that get the best of me and try to be something that isn’t me. I’m not trying to please anybody. That’s what I did before, in bands and stuff.”
“If you try to understand, that’s diving in and reading what people say about you, and you can’t do that because, f**k man, it’s strange. It causes a stigma.”
“For a long time, I was so oblivious to it because I play these shows and everyone’s having a great time. I remember doing my first big Skrillex interview, where I talked with the writer for hours. We touched on everything.”
“And then they chopped it down to a one-minute thing with the headline: “Skrillex Talks Back to the Haters” and it got like a million views. They made it look like I was just defending myself the whole time. It’s strange because, before someone has a chance to have their own opinion about you, they already have an opinion about you. That’s the thing about press and media, it’s out of your control.”