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In Defense of Skrillex

Hey Crunk Folks, I’m Tom. I’ve been doing some back-end work for the site over the last month (the rating system on the DJs site was my main project). Nothing compliments writing a few thousand lines of code like some dirty electro.

I’ve written this article in my head at least four times, and seeing the Grammys pushed me to put this out there, on the record.

I have not been in the EDM scene forever. I didn’t know Avicii’s real name. I couldn’t pick Dieselboy out of a lineup. I had to google Steve Aoki’s real name before going backstage in case I ran into him (it’s Steve Aoki, and I didn’t). But I enjoy the music that they make. And I enjoy Skrillex.

Every one seems to have an axe to grind with this guy, and I can’t help but feel that it’s only because he’s successful. You can call his work derivative, fratstep, or dog shit, but at the end of the day, he’s making a living throwing crazy shows that get people moving. And you aren’t.

Skrillex, Bassnectar, deadmau5, and the plethora of DJ/producer hybrids that have been tearing everything up lately are doing everyone that is reading this article a favor. Each time one of these people produce a killer track, more people begin to realize that there’s something more to this family of music. Each little subgenre gains a little more traction, and pretty soon we might even step out of the shadow of techno (If I had a dollar for every time…).

So what the fuck is wrong with you people? Some guy with a goofy haircut that used to scream in a band figured out a way to shed a LOT of light on a genre that was mainly underground. Next time you’re at a show put on by a local producer, look around and imagine how many of those people wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for Skrillex and the other guys. You might not like the
new people brought in, but remember that you’re all there for the same reason. Embrace it.

“A rising tide lifts all boats”

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12 Responses to “In Defense of Skrillex”

  1. B Says:

    Still no excuse for sounding like a dentist office. He would be 100 times better if he would get rid of the high pitched dial up sounds, he has talent but in my opinion fucks it up.

  2. holla Says:

    this guy above me is retarded if you can do better than do it!!!!!! obviously he is doing something right, he has 3 grammy’s, how many do you haters have?

  3. Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer Says:

    The high pitched dial up sounds and the dentist office motif is exactly what we need more of.

  4. tom Says:

    I don’t know if I’d immediately jump to retarded. Skrillex is pretty hard to get into, especially if it’s your first dive into anything of the sort. Kind of like an IPA, but it gets you a different type of wobble.

  5. Jake Says:

    Haters gonna hate, that’s all there is to it.

  6. Gucci Says:

    This article is so wrong, in so many ways, I don’t even know where to start…

  7. SQUARED Says:

    Not really a fan of Skrillex, but I like a few of his tracks/remixes. I appreciate the work he (and every other artist) does to give EDM exposure to the masses. I love being able to recognize a song on the weekend radio shows (mostly pop, but a bit of dance music) and not have to go dig through my CDs or mp3s on my computer to listen to what I want. I can hear it everywhere now, and I love that!

    And, I know the crotchity old ravers that used to only see the original EDM artists at warehouse parties are feeling sour about it, because they lost the “underground” vibe EDM was known for. But this has happened with every genre of music at some point. Rock and roll, hip hop, punk rock, etc…

    I’ve been listening to, and mixing house music for about 12 years and never really stuck to any artists for long. I enjoy just about every subgenre there is out there, so I can’t complain. I can just switch stations on Pandora when I need to hear something new. That’s how I discovered all these (now) big-time artists. Either on youtube, Pandora, facebook (myspace too, you remember that place?), and even the radio (gasp!).

    So I agree with you Tom. Why IS it such a bad thing to be successful in THIS music genre? What makes EDM so special that it CAN’T rise to the top?

  8. tom Says:

    Thanks squared.

    Gucci, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know where to start, pick a spot and go from there.

  9. Gregatron Says:

    Personally, I ♥ the sound of a 90′s dial-up modem getting raped by Megatron while it has a seizure. I’m not being sarcastic. That’s how I described it to my cousin in New Mexico a few years back and now he can’t help but hound me for the newest in Dubstep in Cali. Haters, get a life. Lovers, preach on.

  10. valley Says:

    Unfortunately, tom, this tide appears to only be raising very specific ships and overturning the others. If you talk to people on the streets they’ll only be able to name Skrillex and Deadmau5.

    One or two people sell out, make huge amounts of money and others will alter their sound in the hopes of getting some recognition. Furthermore, this current trend tends to be the death knell of anything pure in a genre. By pure I mean artists who make music because they like it and hope others will, as opposed to hoping others will buy it. One leads to new and varied music. The other leads to “new” and very similar music. Take your pick.

  11. J Andrews Says:

    Seriously, what is wrong with some of you people? I admit that when I first Skrillex I hated his music but also being open to what I was listening to I could tell it was something so extremely creative I told people all the time this dude will blow up. Well, he did blow up and is extremely famous, however by the dude being extremely popular does not = sellout. If you ask most producers who aren’t half retarded, the only sellout is David Guetta. If you were to call Skrillex a sellout then you might as well call A-Trak, Afrojack, Diplo, Steve Aoki, Wolfgang Gartner, Bassnectar, Dieselboy, Kaskade, Laidback Luke, and the million other DJ/Producers sellouts for working with Mainstream Artists. This is the beauty of music being able to form new genre’s and new sounds no one has ever heard before. If we could not do this then music really blow and we would all might as well kill each other. Stop hating on the dude and accept that with all good new artists he brings to the table there will be equally just as bad but at least we will continue to evolve musically.

  12. BamBam Says:

    I’m all for progression and music staying creative. But as a “sound”, I personally, in my own realm of taste and preference, believe Skrillex et al have taken a few steps too far. It was my understanding that dance music structure regardless of genre and bpm. It’s been mentioned over and over by the “dial-up dickheads” who complain [very one dimensionally] about the lack of musicality the type of stuff Skrillex is kicking out. There’s no questioning the impact and light Skrillex has shed on the scene, and he can’t be blamed for the bandwagoners who throw up dub-bass-tech crap. But I’m concerned that the direction of the scene will get replaced by the “be as different and new as possible” mindset which tends to populate developing genres. Also, not a fan of the term “EDM”… Just sayin’…. Cheers

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