Skrillex: 'I didn't even know what the album was going to be called before I turned it in'

Producer and DJ discusses eclectic nature of debut album 'Recess'

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Skrillex has said that he has yet to come to terms with his debut album 'Recess' and feels it is "unfinished" in some ways .

The producer and DJ speaks exclusively to NME as part of this week's new issue, on newsstands now and available digitally.

Debut album 'Recess', which was released in March of this year and features guests including Ragga Twins, Chance The Rapper, Diplo and Passion Pit vocalist Michael Angelakos, was recorded on the road as Skrillex spent the last three years touring.

Speaking about this process, Skrillex says: "It almost feels unfinished in that I don't think it's completely realised yet. I don't even know what it sounds like at this point. What did I make? Maybe it would have been different if I was working in one place, working and conceptualising, but this is more fun."

Discussing the eclectic nature of 'Recess', he continues: "If I'm going to put a lot of music on one record, I didn't want it to all sound the same. 'Doompy Poomp' is one of my favourite songs – that wonky beat, that was just like a 'why not' kind of feeling. That's the thing with the whole record – why not? I didn't even know what the album was going to be called until two weeks before I turned it in."

Skrillex previously discussed his "punk rock and DIY culture" as well as the aggressive reaction some people had to his music early on in his career, saying that physical violence is "not who I am"

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