Skrillex: Changing Music
By Lydia Regan
Sonny John Moore, also known as Skrillex, is a popular known electronic musician, singer and songwriter. He was raised in California. He went to boarding schools, then a private school in California, and soon was home-schooled because he was bullied. Skrillex left his home when he was sixteen when he found out that he was adopted. During this time he would go to punk gigs in the Mexican American neighborhoods of East and South Loos Angeles, and a little later he would go to electro club raves in downtown. Skrillex did not start as a dj, he was a guitarist and lead singer for the band From First to Last and then left in 2007, to purse a solo career.
Since then Skrillex has become independent and has been creating all kinds of music. He has been in partnership with Deadmau5, which lead to worldwide tour. Skrillex has recently been nominated for Best New Artist, Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Remixed Recording Non-Classical, and Best Short from Music Video, from the Grammy’s. He won Best Dance Recording with “Scary Monsters and Nice Spirits,” Best Dance/Electronica Album with Scary Monsters and Nice Spirits, and Best Remixed Recording Non-Classical with his remix of “Cinema” by Benny Benassi. He was also nominated by the MTV Music Video Awards for Best Electronic dance Music Video, and Best Visual Effect in a Video. He won Best Visual Effect in a Video with the video of “First of the Year (Equinox).”
I recommend Skrillex for anyone who is willing to try something new. The first time I heard it, I was not the biggest fan. But now I have almost all of his songs on my itunes. His songs are different, because there are words, but his music does not follow the standards of pop. It is Electronic, and is is always the happy and fun “Sandstorm” type of music, it has crazy womps, and is sometimes dark. I suggest listening to his remix of “Levels” and “Cinema” and then “Bangarang” and “Kyoto.” These are just a few of my favorite songs by him.