Skrillex’s Track-By-Track Guide To His Work On Justin Bieber’s New Album ‘Purpose’

Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex, produces five tracks on Bieber’s album. “[Justin] spent hours perfecting it,” he says. “He didn’t slack off and go, ‘Fuck it! I’m gonna be rich, famous and not give a shit’’.

Here Moore discusses the tracks he produced…

Skrillex: “There was a very different version of that track, and after I heard it I wanted to re-produce it so it was more slowed down and emotional. That track is one of my favourites on the album. It has some of the best lyrics on the album. That was one of the songs that he [Bieber] really liked, and we were both proud of.”


Skrillex: “The production is really cinematic and stringy, and this is another record I think is really emotional. It probably has the most layers of any record I’ve worked on in a long time. It was a challenge. Halsey cut her vocals somewhere else. We’d been pen pals through Twitter and we would facetime each other cool ideas and mixes, and I would get her opinion on a mix before finishing it.”

Skrillex: “Me and Blood [formerly Blood Diamonds, who produced Grimes’ ‘Go’] just gave Justin the beat and he wrote the melody and cut the vocals. He’s still a pop star making pop music, but all the stuff I worked on with him had a sense of honesty about it. When you listen to his lyrics you can tell he’s becoming an adult. All I did was just act as support for what Justin was saying and help keep it simple, and record good, memorable songs. He thought ‘Sorry’ was gonna be too safe. I told him it has a very refined simplicity about it.”

Skrillex: “The original version of ‘Children’ was written like a typical EDM song at the writing session we did. It almost sounded like something that Swedish House Mafia could’ve produced a couple of years ago. I don’t mean that in a negative way. It was major sounding too, so I reproduced it to be minor sounding and emotional. It’s a very simple message Justin is conveying through that song. I can’t speak for him, but I think he’s starting to grapple with the fact he’s a role model for a generation.”

Skrillex: “Justin had so much input in this, and it’s one of my favourite ones too. It’s so poppy and hard-hitting at the same time. It’s a perfect summer song. It goes into this weird, halftime drop, and is really poppy and fun. Something we definitely need right now in music.”