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Here Comes The Son(ny): Skrillex As The Beatles of Electronic Music

Growing up with my family there was, and is, an everlasting argument; what music is going on that damn car radio? On one hand, my mom thinks she lives in the 1950’s listening to nothing but cassettes of Frank Sinatra. On the contrary, my father would listen to “The Dark Side of the Moon” on repeat if no one shook him every once in awhile; (a great record, but try something new dad). Incidentally, my little sister and I were stuck in the backseat with our headphones screaming Britney Spears and Rage Against the Machine respectively; give me a break, Britney was just a phase.

One thing that could leave peace in the minivan was a little dose of those famous scrubs from liverpool, The Beatles. I wasn’t happy about it at the time, but Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band could even shut up my rebellious cries of anarchy. As funny as it sounds I think Skrillex has done just as much for electronica as The Beatles did for rock and roll. Now I’m not saying my mom is going to blast “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” on the way to soccer practice, but Sonny Moore does have something fundamentally in common with those British boys. Both artists seem to have found niches in their respective genres that many people find ways to relate to.

I have to admit electronic music has not always been a peak interest of mine. Actually, if you asked me two years ago the difference between house and trance music my response would have probably been, “That’s techno, right?” But, after listening, attending and immersing myself within the electronic culture, I have found that a Skrillex song will most likely fly at any show, with and DJ, at any club. From hip-hop to house and all the way to dubstep Skrillex seems to quietly, probably the wrong word for the job, work his way into most sets. Whether your favorite DJ is steady like Deadmau5 or as mind melting as Excision, you probably have the stylings of Skrillex somewhere on your Ipod.

Skrillex has found a unique style that by definition puts him in the genre of dubstep. The simple problem with this is electronic music very rarely likes to follow rules and regulations. From the outfits that we love, but should barely be allowed in public, down to the musical theory that exists within chainsaw samples, electronics music was built by people who love to break the rules and try something new. Skrillex seems to still be able to excite fans of heavy dubstep while keeping it dancy enough to please the next generation of high school ravers.

Now, you may be one of those people who are frankly fed up with, lets face it, children talking about how sweet Skrillex is. And I hear you. I feel that a dubstep DJ throwing down a Skrillex song can come off as a cop out. Though, somehow, someway, as corny as it may come off, I find myself getting excited when I hear the intro to one of his songs. Plus, you cannot argue the fact that Sonny has progressed the listening of electronic music far beyond the rave and thrust it into mainstream culture. Some people think that this kind of exposure can hurt the scene by bringing people in who don’t necessarily enjoy the music. However, I think the more people that listen to a genre strengthens it. Everyone has different reasons for leaving the ordinary on their desk on fridays and end up partying all night. I think the more the better.

In any case, I don’t think that Skrillex has accomplished anything near what The Beatles were able to, and his single Grammy means he has a long way to go to reach The Beatles seven. In any case, Sonny Moore has eclipsed all other American electronic producers up to this point and I for one am curious on how much further he will push dubstep into the everyday culture of our generation. To different personalities music shows up with incredible connections to a diversity of artists and genres. Who knows? Maybe one day my children will find a magical peace to Skrillex in he minivan.

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