Skrillex defends working with Justin Bieber: ‘I’m a fan of his voice’

The producer also says rock music lacks danger

Skrillex has defended working with Justin Bieber.

The producer had been criticised by Deadmau5 for his collaborations with the pop star, saying he was being “used as a goddamn tool”.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Skrillex responded to those comments. “If he was a real friend, he would come to me and be like, “Yo, you shouldn’t be working for Justin Bieber,” rather than blowing it up all over the Internet and going out of his way to make people feel wrong for making a choice in their life,” he said.


He continued: “And I would say to him, “I enjoy working with Justin Bieber!” I’m a fan of his voice. And if you’re a producer and you get an opportunity to work with someone who’s the biggest artist in the world – for better or for worse – what would you say? Would you say no?”

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Skrillex, who began his career in emo band From First To Last, also commented on what he thought was wrong with current rock music. “Music’s gotta be dangerous, and that’s what I feel like rock has lacked,” he explained. “The most dangerous music right now is electronic music and hip-hop.”

He said it was inevitable that young people would still form punk bands, despite EDM’s domination of the mainstream music scene. “The best artists take limited resources and create the most out of them, and that’s what people are doing with computers and samplers,” he said.

“It’s like, “We don’t have enough money to get a whole studio and a whole band, so we just do the shit ourselves in our bedrooms.” But the kids are going to inevitably start punk bands again. It’s going to happen.”