After Deadmau5 took aim at Skrillex last October for “supporting bullshit” by working with Justin Bieber, the Jack Ü producer didn’t hold back when he tweeted that Mau5 was “shrivelling in his own pile of hateful shit” shortly after.
Now Skrillex has gone even further in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, outlining why he worked with Bieber on his 2015 album ‘Purpose’, whilst also offering his thoughts on the future of EDM as a whole.
On Deadmau5, Skrillex, real name Sonny Moore, said, “If he was a real friend, he would come to me and be like, ‘Yo, you shouldn’t be working for Justin Bieber’, rather than blowing it up all over the Internet and going out of his way to make people feel wrong for making a choice in their life.
“I would say to him, ‘I enjoy working with Justin Bieber!’ If you’re a producer and you get an opportunity to work with someone who’s the biggest artist in the world – for better or for worse – what would you say? Would you say no?”
Going on to speak about the future of EDM, Moore told Rolling Stone, “A lot of people who ask about the state of EDM don’t know what they’re asking. Are you asking me how long people are going to make EDM? Like what David Guetta’s making? Avicii? Or are you asking how long people are going to make computer music? Because people won’t stop making music on the computer until computers go away.
“But as far as a certain culture and aspect of EDM, yeah, I do believe that it will go away, because the ratio of businesspeople is trumping the ratio of actual artistry. The most dangerous music right now is electronic music and hip-hop. It’s like, ‘We don’t have enough money to get a whole studio and a whole band, so we just do the shit ourselves in our bedrooms’. But the kids are going to inevitably start punk bands again. It’s going to happen.”
Skrillex was recently voted at No. 9 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll for the second year in a row.
You can read his full interview with Rolling Stone over on their website.
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