How a Devastating Personal Loss Inspired Skrillex's "Stranger" Remix
The pain of personal loss can inspire amazing creative work, as we see in Skrillex's new "Stranger" remix.
Sonny lost his mom earlier this year, in the middle of the editing for the Stranger video. Though the pain of this tragedy caused him to put the project aside for a while, when he came back to it he was inspired to create a new version of the song, to give it a deeper meaning. He spoke about this in a short interview with The Creators Project
To be honest, this was an older song and we shot the video a while back. My mom had passed away earlier this year right in the middle of us finishing the edit. A lot of my targets and deadlines went on a halt because I was unable to emotionally finish anything. Stranger kind of fell on the backburner for a while, and obviously this song was older so I just felt like I should rework it, this was actually only like a month ago. Why don't I just flip the song into something else so it doesn't feel irrelevant? And I could release it with more of a purpose than just putting out a song and a video. So it actually turned into something even more special.
He released the song and video on Christmas day, asking fans to give whatever they can to support several charities, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Bridges for Music, and Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community.
Knowing this backstory makes the video all the more poignant, as it takes inspiration from the story of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys - orphaned children living without their parents.
Head over to Skrillex's site to grab a copy of the Stranger remix. It's free for those who can't afford to donate anything, but if you can spare a few bucks to support some amazing charities, we hope you will.