“His production is so fucking clean, but twisted. But the real thing is how he’s shaken everything up without even knowing it. He’s almost done to dubstep what me and Benga did to garage.” — EDM legend Skream on Skrillex.
It can take an entire community to bring an idea to the edge of massive popularity, but sometimes it takes an outsider to absolutely shove it into the spotlight. Sonny Moore, AKA Skrillex, has given the music scene a shake of such intensity, it has changed the landscape of electronic music forever. As an icon for the US explosion in dance music, Skrillex’s sound represents the North American take on traditional UK dubstep. His ground-pounding bass and innovation in production and collaboration have had an enormous impact on dubstep and EDM as a whole.
After growing up in and around the Los Angeles music scene, Moore was recruited at 16 as the singer to go on tour as frontman for screamo band From First to Last. While having released a few albums and having a successful touring schedule, Moore fell out with the band and began releasing solo material before turning his production skills towards electronic music.
After leaving for a solo tour in 2007, Moore was scheduled to begin production on a solo acoustic album, but in 2009, he cancelled and began performing under the name Skrillex. He released the Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP in 2010, and More Monsters and Sprites the following year.
In 2011, Skrillex was nominated for a total of five awards, including Best New Artist, at the 54th Grammys, winning three: Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.
In 2011, Skrillex announced his label OWSLA, which immediately released records from such artists as Porter Robinson and The M-Machine. Later that year, he released the moombahton-flavored Bangarang, which became his most commercially successful record to date. The title track became an immediate hit, charting in more than 10 countries worldwide.
“Barely three years since he reinvented himself as Skrillex, he is the figurehead for the current unprecedented explosion of electronic dance music.” — Joe Muggs, The Guardian.