A major figure of the dance music landscape of the early 2010s, Skrillex enjoyed a meteoric rise from relative obscurity on the Los Angeles club scene to the top of the electronica charts with such hi...
Fatboy Slim, Skrillex, Bauuer and Knife Party will hit the high seas in 2015 as part of two Holy Ship! festival voyages. Setting sail in January and February, the three-day big boat parties will head for the Bahamas from Florida.
Model Jerry Hall and Bob Geldof's partner Jeanne Marine's band Paris-Texas & The Uke helped open this year's (14) Glastonbury festival in England with a performance on the Spike stage. Stylish Hall, whose ex-husband Mick Jagger headlined the festival with his band the Rolling Stones last year (13), hit the stage on Friday (27Jun14) in a black pencil skirt and white blouse.
Paris-Texas & The Uke were among the first bands to officially perform at the weekend-long event in Somerset.
Kaiser Chiefs, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and Blondie were also among the early acts to hit the many stages, while Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini, Skrillex and Elbow are among the Friday night highlights.
Kasabian, Arcade Fire and Metallica will serve as the weekend's headliners.
Sir Elton John paid tribute to late U.S. radio and TV star Casey Kasem as he closed the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Sunday night (15Jun14). The Rocket Man legend brought the curtain down on the rural Tennessee music event by performing on the final night of the 2014 gathering.
The show marked the star's U.S. festival debut and he told the crowd, "This is my first ever festival in America and I know it's the best one." During his career-spanning set, he took a moment to remember Kasem, who died early on Sunday.
Elton John credited the TV and radio star with partly inspiring his music career as he often listened to Kasem's American Top 40 radio countdown in the 1970s. He said of his hero, "Travel safely, my good man," before performing hit track Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me.
The music superstar also welcomed special guest Ben Folds to the stage for a duet of Grey Seal, before his set ended with a fireworks display. Other acts to play at the festival over the weekend (13-15Jun14) included Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, Frank Ocean, Jack White and Skrillex.
Lauryn Hill stunned the Bonnaroo festival faithful in rural Tennessee on Saturday night (14Jun14) when she joined Skrillex for his headlining superjam. The electronic dance music superstar, who had headlined the event on Friday night (13Jun14), and his one-night-only band which featured pal Zedd on drums welcomed guest after guest onstage for a marathon set.
Many stars, like Warpaint, Janelle Monae, The Doors' Robby Krieger and A$AP Ferg, were expected, but Hill, who performed at Bonnaroo earlier on Saturday, was a big surprise, when she took the stage to close the show with a four-song set, which included a cover of Bob Marley & The Wailers' Jammin' and Fugees track Ready or Not.
Other highlights of the superjam included Warpaint's covers of Technotronic's Pump Up The Jam and David Bowie's Let's Dance and Monae's renditions of Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' and James Brown's I Feel Good.
Janelle Monae, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Skrillex will join Grateful Dead star Mickey Hart for the annual Superjam at this summer's (14) Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.
Warpaint, Chance the Rapper, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley and Zedd will also perform with Hart and company at the event in June (14), while Andrew Bird, Chaka Khan, Taj Mahal and Ben Folds will perform with guitarist Derek Trucks at another live jam, and The Hangover star Ed Helms will host the festival's The Bluegrass Situation Superjam, featuring Dierks Bentley, Sarah Jarosz, Lake Street Dive and Yonder Mountain String Band banjoist Dave Johnston.
Last year's (13) Bonnaroo Superjam featured My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, John Oates, R. Kelly and Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard. Bonnaroo 2014 begins on 12 June (14).
Eminem, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Wilco, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam and Outkast will headline this year's (14) Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas in October (14). The two-weekend event will also feature sets from Skrillex, Beck, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Jimmy Cliff, Broken Bells, Lorde and The Replacements.
Eminem and Outkast have been confirmed as the headliners for the 10th annual Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Illinois in August (14). Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Calvin Harris and Skrillex will also perform during the three-day event, which was founded by Jane's Addiction rocker Perry Farrell.
The Frozen soundtrack is refusing to thaw out at the top of the U.S. charts after scoring its biggest sales week since its release last year (Nov13). Boosted by the release of the DVD and Blu-Ray versions of the film last week (ends21Mar14), the album has scored a seventh week at number one on the Billboard 200 countdown with 202,000 sales.
And it's still way out in front of its competition - rapper YG's My Krazy Life debuts at two on the new chart with just 61,000 copies sold in its first week, and Foster The People's new release Supermodel bows at three with 54,000.
New albums by Skrillex (Recess) and The Pretty Reckless (Going to Hell) round out the new top five, while Enrique Iglesias debuts Sex and Love at number eight and Taking Back Sunday enter the top 10 at 10 with Happiness Is.
Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex and Kings of Leon will reportedly headline this year's (14) Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park, Chicago. It will be the 10th year the former touring event has been held in Illinois. The festival takes place from 1-3 August (14).
Electronic dance music superstar Skrillex has followed Beyonce and Kid Cudi's example by shock-releasing his new album via his smartphone app. Ellie Goulding's former boyfriend released the tracks from his new album Recess one after the other on Monday evening (10Mar14), and the tunes are now streaming in full for fans who downloaded his Alien Ride app. Samples of the album are also available on iTunes.
The album will go on full release from 18 March (14).
Recess features an eclectic mix of collaborators, including Diplo, Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos and K-Pop star G-Dragon. It also features his new composition for the Divergent soundtrack, Stranger.
Until Monday night, no one knew that Skrillex, real name Sonny Moore, had completed work on a new album.
A major figure of the dance music landscape of the early 2010s, Skrillex enjoyed a meteoric rise from relative obscurity on the Los Angeles club scene to the top of the electronica charts with such high-intensity EP releases as <i>Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites</i> (2010) and <i>Bangarang</i> (2012). After a brief tenure as singer for the punk group From First to Last, Skrillex delved into electronic music, where his sonic approach - a heart-stopping fusion of catchy melodies that careened against shuddering bass lines - quickly won him favor among the genre's listeners and observers. His second EP, <i>Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites</i>, solidified his star status by capturing a Grammy Award, while his fourth EP, <i>Bangarang</i>, underscored his acceptance in the mainstream by breaking into the Top 20 on the pop charts. Within a period of just three years, Skrillex - along with his DJ peer Deadmau5 - had become one of the world's foremost DJs, a hard-fought position in the relentlessly protean field of dance music.<p>Born Sonny John Moore on Jan. 15, 1988 in the Highland Park neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles, he was the son of an insurance claims officer who relocated the family to San Francisco and the Mojave Desert during his son's early adolescence. At the age of 12, Skrillex returned to Los Angeles, where he enrolled in a private school specializing in the arts. He also began frequenting punk and dance clubs in the city's downtown neighborhoods, which led to early stints in a variety of obscure punk groups. Upon discovering that he was adopted, the 16-year-old Moore became estranged from his family and headed for Georgia, where he became the singer for the band From First to Last. He recorded two albums with them between 2004 and 2005 before vocal problems forced him to leave the band in 2007.<p>The following year, he released a solo EP, <i>Gypsyhook</i> (2009), through Atlantic Records, but he soon shifted allegiances to dance music, performing under the alias Skrillex on the Los Angeles club scene. High-profile remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg/Lion, Bruno Mars, and the Black Eyed Peas substantially increased his profile, which led to a debut EP, <i>My Name is Skrillex</i>, which was released as a free download from his Myspace page in 2010. The EP cemented his particular style of dance music, which blended elements of electronica, dubstep and house with the aggression of post-punk rock-n-roll in a sound earmarked by sudden and alarming bass drops which left the melody and beat unmoored in bursts of chaotic noise.<p>The critical acclaim earned by the EP brought Skrillex to the attention of fellow electronic music iconoclast Deadmau5, who signed him to his mau5trap recordings label. A second EP, <i>Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites</i> (2010), solidified Skrillex's position at the forefront of the dance music scene by reaching No. 49 on the <i>Billboard</i> albums chart, while breaking into the Top 5 on the Dance/Electronic albums chart. A follow-up, <i>More Monsters and Sprites</i> (2011), featured remixes of the previous album's title track, as well as the song "First of the Year (Equinox)," which reached No. 85 on the <i>Billboard</i> singes chart. That same year, Skrillex was nominated for five awards at the 54th Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, and won three, including Best Dance/Electronica Album for <i>Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites</i> and Best Dance Recording for the title track. Collaborations with mainstream artists like Korn on the single "Get Up" (2011) soon followed, as did his soundtracks for television ad spots for Playstation, 3, among others. The year was rounded out by the launch of Skrillex's own label, OWSLA.<p>Skrillex expanded upon his established sound with his fourth EP, <i>Bangarang</i> (2012), which incorporated elements of progressive rock, ska and even classic rock, as evidenced by a collaboration with the surviving members of the Doors on "Breakn' a Sweat." The EP became his most successful release to date, reaching No. 14 on the <i>Billboard</i> albums chart while topping the Dance/Electronic chart. He subsequently teamed with Bob Marley's son, singer Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley on the single "Make It Bun Dem," that same year, then partnered with German music producer/DJ Boys Noize for a side project called Dog Blood, which released a debut EP, <i>Next Order/Middle Finger</i> (2012). <p><i>By Paul Gaita</i>