Skrillex Reviews Songs From Taylor Swift, Radiohead, Grateful Dead & More
Skrillex got together with Rolling Stone to discuss his opinions on a few well-known tracks from enduring artists like Taylor Swift, Radiohead and The Grateful Dead.
The producer is known for incorporating a wide range of genres into his high energy dance music, with influences from Rock to Reggae to IDM. Considering his large repertoire of musical interests, it’s awesomely insightful to hear his opinions on different tracks.
Skrillex compares Taylor Swift's collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on “Bad Blood” to the unexpected Jack Ü song “Where Are Ü Now” featuring Justin Bieber on vocals.
“A year ago, you never would have thought that Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift would make a song together. It's just a fun, catchy song.”
Talking about Radiohead’s “I Might Be Wrong” off the Amnesiac album, Skrillex reveals that it was one of the first guitar riffs he ever learned, while comparing the looping style of the riff to how Hip-Hop is created.
“I have memories of being a kid and skateboarding to Amnesiac, the album, and going home and learning this song on guitar.”
The Recess producer goes on to critique The Grateful Dead’s “China Cat Sunflower,” sharing that they were one of his father's bands and noting the psychedelic quality of the music.
“This song is so psychedelic and free-flowing and deep. It's like it's in 3D.”
Skrillex also talks about Aphex Twin’s “Bucephalus Bouncing Ball” off the Come To Daddy EP. He had previously mentioned that “Flim” from the same EP is his favorite song of all time. Anyone familiar with Aphex Twin’s work can clearly see the influence it had on Skrillex. He describes the spastic track as “a zeitgeist” for his work, stating that he’s memorized every piece of the song’s ornate arrangement.
Stay tuned tomorrow as we report on Katie Couric's new video interview with Skrillex.