The Apoca-Label: Skrillex Makes FOAM a Mixtape

L.A. dubstep artist Skrillex unleashes the roster for the end of the world.

Tuneage // Cristina Black // 01/09/12
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By Bruno Postigo

Sonny Moore, a.k.a. Skrillex, chills by the water.

Sonny Moore is talking about rabbits. But it’s only because the 23-year-old DJ/producer known as Girls That Look Like Skrillex” Tumblr, offer clues about his musical past. He once fronted the emo band From First to Last, though he swears he was into e-music, and all kinds of other stuff, all along. That kind of open-mindedness carries over into his label managing philosophy. “I want to build something that’s forward-thinking, that expresses the fact that I like all sorts of music, not just any one style,” he says. Plus, he’d like to pass on the good will that Deadmau5’s stamp of approval won him. “I like taking someone that’s unknown, having faith in them and watching them hit it out of the park,” he says. “There’s no better feeling.” We got Skrill to tell us why the artists on OWSLA are awesome:

HOME: Bristol, England
SOUND: the Prodigy swimming through syrup
Skrill says:
“They’re only 18, 19 years old and I look up to them in terms of production. A lot of dubstep and electro house is between 128 and 140 BPMs. They came out with the really funky, hip-hoppy, 100 BPM down-tempo sound, but it’s really aggressive and totally dancefloor. There’s nobody else doing that.”

Home: Kaiserslautern, Germany
Sound: the awesomest part of a European sports flick
Skrill says:
“Last year, I happened to check my Myspace the day Zedd emailed me. He was like ‘Yo I’m a fan, check out my stuff.’ I heard his stuff and it was so incredible so I had him remix ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,’ which did really well. He mixes big, anthemic hooks with very sophisticated electro production.”

HOME: Los Angeles, CA
SOUND: the apocalypse arrives, but the party don’t stop
Skrill says:
“He’s been doing this for ten years, but he’s never had a proper platform. Now his production has completely outdone everything he’s done before. It was perfect timing for the label. It’s a cool feeling.”

HOME: San Francisco, CA
SOUND: Regina Spektor goes clubbing with Eurhythmics
Skrill says:
“The M Machine stuff is different from the other OWSLA releases because it’s a bit more indie geared. People are making a connection with them beyond the dance floor with songs, lyrics and melodies. One of them sings live. It’s very personal.”

HOME: Chapel Hill, NC
SOUND: epic A.D.D. dance party
Skrill says:
“He’s someone that can play at [New York-via-Ibiza club] Pacha or hammer out some groovy-gnarly bass show. He’s so versatile. He can do any BPM, any genre. He’ll drop you off a cliff, and then bring you back to life. And he’s only 19 years old.“

HOME: London, England
SOUND: Kanye and La Roux conceiving a child in the VIP booth
Skrill says:
“He’s a legend. If it weren’t for Skream, I wouldn’t be making music. He actually hit me up though! He was like, ‘Hey do you want this song?’ It’s called ‘Anticipate.’ It’s about the birth of his first child. It’s just gorgeous.”

Originally published in February/March 2012

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