Skrillex Discusses His First Influences And Collabing With Indian Artists
Skrillex recently spoke with Mid-Day, a local Indian newspaper, for an interview that saw the producer discussing his debut Indian tour, how fame has affects his life, and what it's like being an in-demand collaborator.
While discussing being successful early in his career, Skrillex talked about what motivates him to keep moving and what inspired him to start making music.
"I first heard Aphex Twin when I was young and realised that you can do something all by yourself, and let your imagination run wild and use a computer or electronics as as instrument. That really inspired me to become a producer. When I heard Michael Jackson, I wanted to be a singer, and when my dad took me to see Metallica, when I was nine, I wanted to play the guitar."
"If you constantly choose your next path, it will keep you busy, motivated, hungry and productive. You will be where you need to be. It’s all I did in my life and will continue to. I wanted to leave home so I could make music right away and that was the first and quickest step."
He also discussed the process of collaborating with so many different artists over the years.
"It is all very new but not difficult. It’s crazy because everybody works differently. [For me] No matter who I collaborate with, I always learn something new about myself and how to approach making music. For instance, while doing the song with The Doors — they were the strongest ones — Robby (Krieger) and Ray (Manzarek) were jamming together, so I made a drum loop and they were jamming; from there, we pieced stuff together. It’s how they like to work. Online collaborations are a new way of making music."
Skrillex will be embarking on his first tour of India this month, and discusses his agenda while he's visiting the country.
"I am excited to take some Bollywood music back home. I love it. I watch Bollywood movies on flights."
Lastly, he explains his exposure to Indian music:
"I have heard of the artiste Yo Yo Honey Singh. I know he is blowing up right now. His stuff is pretty cool. But maybe I’ll find new artistes when I get to India and collaborate, to make a big hit."