This past week we finally received the long-awaited Skrillex remix of GTA’s ‘Red Lips,” which as accompanied by a sci-fi thriller style music video. Taking advantage of the hype at hand, Skrillex sat down for two separate interviews this week with Beats1‘s Zane Lowe and Pitchfork.
The talented producer touched on a wide array of topics including the recent Red Lips music video, how he approaches music creation, what pushes him towards certain creative projects, the future of EDM and much more. Peep the best bits form the both interviews below.
Skrillex Interview w/ Zane Lowe on Beats1
Skrillex on his belief that what makes an artist is their choice to commit to a distinct artist angle:
“That’s the hardest, ballsiest thing to do as an artist is to commit to something new and create a consistent idea and story… especially as a computer producer, you literally can make any type of music, and that’s the hardest part – that’s what makes the artist, is the choice.”
Skrillex on why he worked with Justin Bieber on his new Purpose album:
“…I got a lot of backlash from some of my fans because they think like, this is a money thing… I make more money DJing, if you want to talk about it. It’s not about money. It’s a lot of work doing records. You’re taking the backseat for someone else. It’s the same reason why I like to do movie scoring… you don’t make any money doing that. It’s a passion thing.”
You can listen to the rest of the Skrillex interview with Zane Lowe below.
Skrillex Interview w/ Pitchfork
Skrillex on the future of EDM:
“…as far as EDM goes—I’m talking about DJs—there’s been a wave right now and you can ride on it. But a platform is really arbitrary when it comes to an artist. An artist creates songs and timeless moments that are reflections that impact culture, and you can do that in any way—with guitars, ukelele, a computer. So, that will never die. It’s always the artist behind the computer, not the computer. You just told me yourself you can tell it’s a Skrillex remix, but there is a lot of music out there that you can play side by side and you can’t hear the personality—that has a timeline on it, for sure.”
Skrillex on the ‘Red Lips’ music video:
“I came up with it with Grant. The first thing that went through my head when I heard the song is that it starts out kind of pretty, but still dark. It feels almost schizophrenic. The way Sam Bruno, the vocalist, delivers the song, it feels like she’s afraid of something. The idea was, what if this girl was sitting here by herself, and when the key changes in the song, the sky just went black and these creatures come out from behind and it’s this nightmare she’s running from? It’s this girl in your head, and this is what she’s seeing.”
Skrillex on why he typically doesn’t appear in his own music videos:
“When you hear the song, it’s so dramatic. In my head, it needed something as dramatic, and I think I would just distract from that in this case. Whenever I am in my videos, it’s rare. A lot of it is, they feel more live and hyper-realist, like I was saying before, rather than fantasy. People would just be like, “Oh, Skrillex is acting in this video,” and it wouldn’t work as well.”
Read the rest of the interview with Pitchfork here.
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[By Sam Waggoner]