Skrillex Talks Next Pop Collab, Keys to Success and More

Skrillex talks about the future, the keys to success and reveals collaboration with Bruno Mars.
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Skrillex talks about the future, the keys to success and reveals collaboration with Bruno Mars.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Skrillex spoke about everything from new collabs to his thoughts on the industry. With Diplo having recently been quoted as saying the industry is "a sinking ship,"  it's nice to see how his good friend and peer doesn't seem to share the same opinion. 

Skrillex first addressed the personal side of his success, emphasizing how important it is to be a "fucking kid." Advising newcomers to create and release their music for themselves, not solely to gain the attention of the industry elite. 

"Don't care. Don't try to get people's attention. Build your shit, people will find you. Have your essence come through your art and have your art speak loud. And hustle with your art, your image, your brand."  

He moves on to talking about the importance of building a loyal inner circle of friends and creatives, as well as the significance of strong female associates in the industry.

"OWSLA is such a collective. And a lot of my creative comes from me and also other people that we're employing. We're employing a lot of young people and we really empower females in our circle. And we have almost half females and half males working in our crew and especially when you empower females on the creative side with a good vision, like shit is just so on fire."  

"There's nothing stronger then a group of women coming in on a creative platform to all see and work towards a vision. We come from all different backgrounds, cities, paths of life and joined together to create, believe and dream towards something. These are the Ladies that make it all happen. These are the Women of OWSLA. I'm so lucky and fortunate to have these powerful, beautiful and inspiring women on my team. I wouldn't be where I am today without them."

When interviewer Matt Medved asks Sonny about his future work, Sonny talks about how his music production is a stepping stone to bigger things, and how he wants to make things that people have never heard before.

"I'm actually working with Bruno Mars right now. I'm not going to give specifics of what it sounds like, but what we're doing is so f--king different, awesome and next level and sounds like nothing else that's happened before. Every time I get in the studio with somebody else and collaborate, that's when I always have revelations and learn about stuff. And I just love stepping outside of what I know and there's no other music position that can do that."

He explains where he sees himself in 5 years, pushing his creativity in every direction, doing much more than the music itself.

"More directing, more bringing people together to create a vision. And I don't know what exactly that means in five years or less, but it has to be with everything I've already been doing. I want to do everything."

Check out the full interview with Skrillex via Billboard.

[Skrillex photo via Wikimedia]