Skrillex took to the air recently with Howard Stern for an extended chat about.
The interview comprised of everything from deadmau5 and Ellie Goulding, Paris Hilton’s legitimacy as a DJ, through the culture and current state of EDM.
Here are the highlights from the interview!
On EDM being taken less seriously:
“I guess naturally because it’s so new, but it’s the cool thing about it. There hasn’t been a genre or platform in music in a long time that’s been so criticized. Because it’s new and people don’t understand it, it makes people look old when they criticize it. The thing about electronic music, as far as the culture goes and the way the kids connect with the music, it’s a lot like a Phish show or Grateful Dead show; we’re constantly producing and making new stuff every single day on the road, and they want to hear all the new records. It’s almost like what a radio DJ does.”
On Deadmau5 friendship and potential competition:
“The thing about Joel is that he’s kind of in his own lane. His attitude is very specific. He criticizes everybody. He talks shit about everybody. He was posting about me when I was first releasing music and helped a lot, released one of my first EPs on his label. He talks crap about everybody. You can’t take him that seriously or personally. I don’t know what his intentions are, or why he is the way he is. I never felt the need to be competitive with him.”
On Paris Hilton’s legitimacy as a DJ:
“It is what it is, if people want to go out and pay to see her. I don’t think she makes a million dollars a night I think that’s just a rumor.”
On the difference between being a DJ and a musician:
“It’s such a grey area. The Ramones knew four chords, they were considered illiterate musicians. They were criticized.”
On relationship with Ellie Goulding:
“The hardest thing was our schedules were just as crazy as each other’s schedules, so it was so hard to see each other. There were times when we got to spend time. When we met she was off cycle, writing hanging out, she’d come on tour with me, it was a lot easier. As soon as she got really busy it was impossible.”
On current dating life:
“Right now it’s such a dope, awesome, crazy time in my career. There’s so many things changing and expanding, so many projects right now, I’m so focused on making music.”
Listen to the highlights or the full 42-minute interview below.