Skrillex says sales of debut album 'Recess' are 'trivial'

Producer surprised fans with first full-length record earlier this week

Skrillex says sales of debut album 'Recess' are 'trivial'

Photo: Getty

Skrillex has said that the release of his debut album 'Recess' is "not about politics or major labels", stating that sales figures for the album are "trivial."

The album announcement came as a surprise yesterday (March 11) with fans able to stream the record in its entirety via the Alien Ride app, which was released on March 7. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes now, and will be officially released on March 18.

Speaking to NME about the 10 things you need to know about 'Recess', the producer and DJ said that he has never really promoted his music and that he was not trying to copy Beyoncé's tactic of dropping an album on fans with no warning.

"None of my records have ever had any marketing," he says. "They were all announced the day of release, just like this one was. I just wanted to get it out rather than have all the speculation that can come with albums first. It’s great to see the effect it has on people and the positivity you can create, too. Thousands and thousands of people downloaded the free app, like, 30,000 in the same day. So people who got the record first are the people who actually care." Later on he states: "Record sales are trivial."

Elsewhere, Skrillex talks about the humour in his song titles and explains how he came to work with the likes of Diplo and Chance The Rapper, describing the album as being like the modern equivalent to The Grateful Dead's Festival Express. He stated: "It's about putting that energy back into the music industry. It’s not about politics, it’s not about major labels; it’s about artists getting together and creating something and being free."

On NME Blogs: Skrillex, 'Recess' - Track-By-Track First Listen

Read More On This Artist

More News
U2's Bono thinks he has the solution to music piracy and declining album sales
Butthole Surfers drummer picks up 'Yard Of The Month' award in Austin neighbourhood
Julian Casablancas cryptic about future Strokes shows: 'A tour's a great way to destroy...
Jack White takes pop at Foo Fighters during 'Kanye West-esque rant' at Boston gig –...
Miley Cyrus facing possible jail time after being spanked with a Mexican flag
Mark E Smith on Kate Bush: 'I never even liked her first time around'
Papa Roach frontman: 'my uncle kissed me and he gave me herpes'
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl says he's 'never played a show like this' at...
Seth Rogen hired as Waka Flocka Flame's 'official blunt roller'
Musicians react as Scotland votes in independence referendum
Jay Z fighting lawsuit over use of the word 'oh' in 'Run This Town'
Arcade Fire's Win Butler says he has no plans for retirement
Disclosure and Sam Smith enlist Schoolboy Q for 'Latch' remix – listen
Dr Dre's long-awaited new album will not be called 'Detox'
Iggy Azalea files lawsuit against ex-boyfriend for releasing early masters
September 17 officially declared 'Foo Fighters Day' in Richmond, Virginia
Metallica to release box set of all 2014 live performances
Kendrick Lamar preparing to release new single 'i'
Björk declares support for Scottish 'Yes' vote
Ringo Starr on the future of rock music: 'Bands will always come through'
Creation of Joy Division Twitter account irks former bassist Peter Hook
Honeyblood drummer Shona McVicar leaves group

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today