"Dudes killing each other is not who I am," says dubstep producer
Skrillex has recalled the aggressive reaction some people had to his music early on in his career, saying that physical violence is “not who I am”.
The producer and DJ speaks exclusively to NME as part of this week’s new issue, on newsstands now and available digitally, from today (May 7).
Discussing the difference in audience reaction to his music in the America and Britain, Skrillex admits to being taken aback when playing early shows in the UK. “It was funny,” he says. “In the US I’d play and there’d be girls in their bras on the front row. The in the UK it was fucking dudes killing each other. I’m not trying to be above anybody, but that’s not who I am. I don’t want people to beat the fuck out of each other.”
Skrillex previously discussed his “punk rock and DIY culture” and the way he is hoping to give up and coming producers a leg up in the industry.
Skrillex released ‘Recess’ in March of this year. It features guests including Ragga Twins, Chance The Rapper, Diplo, Passion Pit vocalist Michael Angelakos plus OWSLA stars Kill The Noise, Alvin Risk and Milo & Otis.
Speaking to NME about ‘Recess’ prior to its release, the producer and DJ said that the true measure of its success will be apparent when he performs live, as he feels record sales are “trivial”.