Rockers Muse have hailed Skrillex as their new inspiration, citing the DJ as the influence behind one of their latest tracks.
The Hysteria hitmakers were so impressed by the 24-year-old dubstep star after watching him live in London last year (11), they recorded the song The 2nd Law: Unsustainable in response.
Drummer Dom Howard tells NME magazine, "We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October. We went, 'F**k, it's so heavy,' loved it. It was like a full metal gig, they had circles of death, people were moshing, I hadn't seen a reaction like that to electronic music before. We took inspiration and came up with The 2nd Law: Unsustainable."
Frontman Matt Bellamy insists the song is a "challenge" to Grammy-winning Skrillex's electronic sound.
He adds, "Some of that hard dubstep and brostep coming from America is capturing the imagination. The mosh pit has moved from guitars and gone towards the laptop, so with that song we're trying to see if we can challenge the laptop. We created something that was dubsteppy but we wanted to see if we could do it with real instruments. We wanted to ask, 'Can rock bands compete with what these guys are doing?'"