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...
Blur and Gorillaz star Damon Albarn has signed up to headline a castle festival in Serbia. The singer will front the EXIT Festival in July (14), joining a line-up that includes Disclosure, Rudimental and Skrillex. The event will take place over three days at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad.
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Divergent is headed our way and there's plenty to get excited about. Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet are all starring in the highly anticipated adaptation of Veronica Roth's dystopian YA novel. The story will be brought to the big screen by director Neil Burger, and we think it's safe to say that the film is in good hands. A big fan of literature and a guy who knows what the young people want, Burger has an interesting story — and some really interesting thoughts on why Divergent is absolutely not the new Hunger Games. Here are a few fun facts about the man behind Divergent.
Former Music Video Director (of the Meat Puppets' "Sam")
We're about to take it back to 1991 for a minute. Burger used to direct music videos for alternative artists like the illustrious Meat Puppets. And if you don't know who they are, there's a good chance you'll be a fan after checking out their video for Sam. The visuals appropriately reflect the very grungey times, so we're mainly just impressed that he was hanging out with these guys back in the day. All of this now explains the dopeness of the Divergent soundtrack, which includes folks like Ellie Golding, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, M83 and Kendrick Lamar.
He's All About the Books
In addition to being all up in the grunge scene, Burger invested some real time and effort in turning his own love for literature into a literacy movement. He worked with MTV, directing PSA-type videos advocating for literacy among the young folks, which he described as "music videos for literature and language." Also, three of his five feature films are book adaptations.
Excellent Taste in Women, Apparently
We don't know much about his wife, but Diana Kellogg is a brilliant architect and you're probably about to get lost in the vortex that is her website. Seriously, this SoHo loft is everything! Here's hoping she had something — anything — to do with the look of Divergent.
He's Got Some Interesting Thoughts on The Hunger Games
Although he knows that The Hunger Games comparisons are inevitable, Burger has told Fandango that he sees some stark differences between Tris and Katniss: "This is a far more complex story than Hunger Games, and if you know the book, she [Tris] starts out questioning her place in society and she ends up questioning society itself, in a real way.” Burger believe that Katniss Everdeen doesn't experience growth in the same way that Tris does. While Katniss is "a good archer to begin with and she’s good at the end,” Tris “goes through this massive journey, this incredibly extensive change from somebody who is very sheepish and kind of wants to disappear and just doesn’t want to be seen to somebody who’s just gonna really stand up.”
Divergent hits theaters March 21. You can check showtimes and purchase advanced tickets at Movietickets.com.
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British singer Ellie Goulding is dating pop rocker Dougie Poynter. The pair sparked romance rumours last month (Feb14) after the McFly star was spotted arriving at the Lights hitmaker's London home on several occasions.
They remained tight-lipped about the status of their relationship, but now Poynter has admitted they have been dating since last year (13).
Poynter tells Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, "We've been seeing each other since last year. Ellie's a great girl, such a lovely person and a breath of fresh air in this industry.
"In the music industry you always bump into the same people, so it's nice when you get to meet other musicians you like and want to spend time with."
Poynter is Goulding's latest celebrity boyfriend, she has previously dated War Horse actor Jeremy Irvine, dubstep star Skrillex, British DJ Greg James and was linked to One Direction's Niall Horan in 2013.
The McFly guitarist dated pop star Frankie Sandford between 2008 and 2010.
Electronic dance music artist Skrillex has been sued by a fan for injuries she suffered following a stage dive. Jennifer Fraissl claims she suffered a stroke after Skrillex, real name Sonny John Moore, jumped off of his DJ table and landed on her head during a performance at The Belasco in Los Angeles in February, 2012.
Fraissl is seeking unspecified damages, medical expenses and loss of income from the DJ and bosses at the nightclub, according to TMZ.com.
The Strokes star Julian Casablancas will serve double duty at the Governors Ball festival in New York in June (14) - the frontman will perform solo and with his rock band. The annual Governors Ball will mark The Strokes' first gig since 2011. They will join the reunited Outkast, Jack White and Vampire Weekend among the headliners at the weekend event, held on Randall's Island. Disclosure, Phoenix, Skrillex and TV on the Radio will also perform.
Electronic dance music artist Skrillex is curating a series of concerts around the world and inviting some of his favourite artists to perform. The superstar DJ has spent most of 2013 in the studio recording his next album, but he has big plans for 2014 by taking his talents around the globe as part of the "Skrillex Takeovers" initiative.
The gigs will start in San Francisco, California in February (14) with A$AP Rocky, Seven Lions, Jack Beats and more.
The celebrity DJ will then visit Brooklyn, New York; Amsterdam, Holland, and Barcelona, Spain, throughout February (14).
Dance star Skrillex has pulled out of a planned appearance at an Australian music festival. The DJ had been due to perform at the Stereosonic touring dance music festival, which kicks off in Sydney on Saturday (30Nov13), as one half of electronic duo Dog Blood, but he has now pulled out of the trek.
He says in a statement, "Due to unfortunate circumstances that are beyond my control, I won't be able to make the Dog Blood Stereosonic dates this year. For the record, I love the Stereosonic team and the... crew who puts on these events and this has nothing to do with them on their side."
Skrillex's Dog Blood partner Alex Ridha will perform on the five-city tour under his other moniker, Boys Noize.
The cancellation comes shortly after British rockers Blur pulled out of another Australian music event, the Big Day Out festival.
Spring Breakers was a decisive film: you either loved it or you hated it. But we can all agree that the parody video, “Fall Breakers,” is the funniest thing we’ve seen since the leaves began changing colors, right?
The video from Lady Products, a women-led sketch group, contains flannel instead of bikinis, pumpkin spiced lattes instead of booze, and girls rolling around in piles of leaves rather than piles of money. All the while, Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” plays in the background and a James Franco character — though with a beard and corn teeth — whispers: “Fall Break, b**ches.”
Then there are brief glimpses of girls eating pumpkin pie with their hands and taking sexy bites out of caramel apples — which we had no idea was actually possible. Plus a girl seductively putting on layer after layer of sweaters, until she finally puts on a scarf and cute hat.
You won’t find any ex-Disney stars dancing around in their bikinis with guns in this video, but you will see Vane$$a Hudgens drinking a pumpkin spiced latte out of a paper Starbucks coffee cup—without a sleeve! How dangerous, how scandalous.
For those of us who love wearing as many sweaters and flannels as possible, and pumpkin carving — though maybe not rubbing the pumpkin guts all over ourselves (ick) — “Fall Breakers” is the perfect representation of our favorite season. Really, don’t we all want to go around laying in parks with friends, pouring apple cider over each other’s heads, and dancing in showers of leaves? Of course we do.
Jay Z's concert documentary following the making of his inaugural Made in America festival is heading to U.S. theatres for a limited run next summer (14). Made In America, directed by Ron Howard, aired on TV last month (Oct13), but executives at Phase 4 Films have since acquired the North American rights to the release, which features interviews with, and event footage of, 2012 performers including Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C. and Skrillex.
Model/actress Carmen Electra is set to release her first single in 15 years. The former Baywatch star burst onto the scene as Prince's protegee in 1991 and now she has revealed she is releasing a new song, titled WERQ (sic), in December (13).
She tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "I'm really excited to get back to doing what I love to do, which is perform and be on stage. That's how I started my career, so everything's coming full circle."
Electra, who was romantically linked to music mogul Simon Cowell earlier this year, opened up about her musical plans a year ago (Dec12), when she told Spinner.com she was hoping to become an electronic dance music pin-up.
She said, "My absolute dream collaboration would be Skrillex. I also love Kaskade."
She released one unofficial new track, I Like it Loud, at the beginning of 2013.
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>