Skrillex (born Sonny John Moore, 15.01.1988) Skrillex is an American electronic artist whose biggest hits include 'Bangarang' feat. Sirah and 'First of the Year (Equinox)'.
Childhood: Skrillex was born in Highland Park, Northeast Los Angeles before moving to Forest Hill, San Francisco aged 2. He attended a boarding school in the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas aged 9 and 10 before moving back to California and attending a private academy of arts. After being bullied, he was home-schooled from the age of 14 and found out that he was adopted in 2004. He attended punk gigs and raves as a teenager in LA.
Career: Skrillex started out his musical career in the rock band From First To Last in 2004 after asking frontman Matt Good if he could take up guitar on their debut album. However, he was made lead singer with Good on guitar after producers heard Skrillex's vocals. He released two albums with the band: 'Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count' and 'Heroine' before leaving in 2007 to pursue a solo career.
During his time in the band, he suffered vocal complications which were later corrected through surgery. He then released three demos on Myspace and made several others available on his tour with Team Sleep. In 2008, he toured alongside All Time Low, The Rocket Summer, The Matches and Forever the Sickest Kids.
He released his first EP 'Gypsyhook EP' in 2009 and later appeared at Bamboozle as part of the band Sonny and the Blood Monkeys. Having previously been known as Twipz, he released his debut EP, 'My Name is Skrillex', in 2010. He featured on Bring Me The Horizon's third album and toured with Deadmau5 after signing to his label on which he release second EP 'Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites'.
In 2011, he collaborated with Korn on their track 'Get Up' and later performed with them at Coachella 2011. Later in 2011, he released his third EP 'More Monsters and Sprites' and launched his record label OWSLA. He also collaborated with Knife Party and Kaskade. He announced in November 2011 that he was intending to release his album 'Voltage' but it never came to fruition. He later released his 'Bangarang' EP.
In 2012, he got involved with a side project called Dog Blood with Boys Noize and they released an EP, 'Next Order/Middle Finger'. He also released a limited edition triple vinyl box set and wrote the song 'Bug Hunt' for the animated movie 'Wreck-It Ralph'. Altogether he has so far won three Grammy awards.
Personal Life: Earlier in 2012, Skrillex was reported to be dating singer Ellie Goulding after working with him on his track 'Summit'. However, due to their busy schedules and long distances apart, they split in October.
The duo had been performing a marathon DJ set together when they unleashed the new material.
EDM duo Skrillex and Diplo,aka Jack Ü, have surprised fans by releasing their debut album during an attempted 24 hour long DJ set. Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü hit iTunes an hour before its scheduled release on Thursday and features guest appearances by a host of artists, including one Justin Bieber.
Bieber features on ‘Where Are Ü Now’ off Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
The duo celebrated the album’s release by embarking on a marathon DJ set in Los Angles, which ended up being shut down by police at 6am after the party had already been going for 18 hours, according to Diplo’s twitter.
Merissa Davis and Adrew Keegan - PatsLegacy.com throws a star-studded surprise birthday bash for Skrillex at the Million Dollar Theater at Million Dollar Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 15th January 2015
To celebrate the release of Divergent on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray we are giving you the opportunity to win a copy of the DVD and the amazing soundtrack featuring the work of Ellie Goulding!
The hit action flick Divergent hit cinemas with a bang earlier this year. Adapted from the popular trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth and set within a dystopian, post apocalyptic Chicago with a population divided into distinct factions based on their human virtues, it was only a matter of time until words were transformed into a slick, action packed big screen adaptation.
The young and talented Shailene Woodley was the actress carefully selected to tell the thrilling story of Tris Prior who learns that she is Divergent and therefore will never be able to fit into any of these factions whilst quickly learning that there is a sinister plot brewing in her seemingly perfect society.
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Sonny Moore AKA Skrillex is a name you'll be familiar with if you've so much as been to a club or a party with dance music in the last few years, given the popularity of singles such as 'Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites' and 'Bangarang' defined by huge bass drops, that get people going crazy. After several EP's Skrillex, has finally brought out a full length in the shape of 'Recess'. You wonder why now? Given that Skrillex has been a big name for a good few years now. Hopefully it's because he's been honing his craft, or it could just be that it's the right career choice at this point in time.
Starting with 'All Is Fair In Love And Brostep', it seems that Skrillex isn't taking a huge departure from his heavy bass sound of old. UK jungle act Ragga Twins feature on the track, and help make it a harsh, but fun song. 'Stranger' has a good use of low key clicking and assorted percussion sets you up for a high pitched burst of electronics, that is less predictable than a usual massive bass drop. The intro to 'Coast Is Clear' has something of a smooth jazz vibe to it in the pianos, but synths soon create something a little more familiar. Chance The Rapper lends his voice to the track and it's the best vocal performance on the album however the lyrics are pretty poor though with 'do you wanna f**k?' repeated a lot. 'Doopy Poomp' sees Skrillex unleash his inner Aphex Twin with a pretty solid ambient track, featuring chilled out, yet playful beats, warm synths towards the end and even a 'BOING' sound effect. That's the positives of 'Recess'. Now for the negatives.
'Try It Out' has a tasteful intro that promises a good song, even Alvin Risk's meaty vocals aren't exactly an ideal match for the track but they don't cause too much distress to the listener, then a 'good' old fashioned drop and flickering electronic noises completely ruins any chance the song has of being anything special. 'F**k That' has a fairly interesting beat that is quite laid back, but is way too repetitive with little variation. This makes a 3 and a half minute song feel like a 7 minute one. 'Ease My Mind' containing samples of Niki & The Dove's 'DJ Ease My Mind', has a decent dance beat in the chorus, but otherwise is boring with the slow piano style being so obvious for the vocal sample it's being put aside on, that sings of love lost. The album ends on 'Fire Away', something of an ambient house song, which is interesting for the first minute or too with icy drum tracks, but soon the song just sounds tired and you're left waiting for it to finish, tempted to even skip it altogether.
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Made in America Festival is an annual music event founded by rapper and businessman Jay-Z in 2012. Following its inaugural year, it was announced to take place in Los Angeles for the later events and its arrival has since become an important symbol of unity. Jay-Z created the festival in a bid to join together musicians of all genres, creeds and cultures to emphasise the bond between music-lovers regardless of any animosity that may have existed between hip hop artists, rock artists and pop artists in the past. It is an attempt to build a world of peace and diversity because, in the words of Run DMC star Darryl McDaniels, 'Music succeeds where politics and religion fail'.
'Made In America' is a music documentary based on the new festival of the same name founded by Jay-Z who is also the movie's executive producer. It has been directed by double Oscar winner Ron Howard ('The Da Vinci Code', 'Apollo 13', 'Rush', 'A Beautiful Mind') and features behind-the-scenes clips and interviews of various music superstars including Run DMC, Rita Ora, Kanye West, Janelle Monáe, Tyler The Creator, Skrillex, Santigold and The Hives. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for 'Outstanding Television Documentary' at the Black Reel Awards.
Made In America is available on VOD and DVD 19 May 2014