Skrillex did a pretty wide-ranging interview with New York's AMP 92.3 that touched upon his work with Diplo, AlunaGeorge, Justin Bieber ("he’s the most talented, gifted kid I’ve ever seen"), and more, but it was his comments on deadmau5 that ended up stealing the show. He made these remarks after the host played deadmau5's parody of "Where Are Ü Now," which Skrillex responded "I actually love this version."
But a moment later (skip ahead to about 5:00), Skrillex got a bit more real:
I’ll always have love for Joel because he put me on at an early time, but he’s an asshole. And everyone knows that, and he knows that. And that’s kinda his thing. I mean, the one thing that is unfortunate about it is that he has a record label. And when you have a record label, you gotta be a leader. And he has people that are like signed to him. And I couldn’t imagine being a leader, you know, going out in the public image being such a negative attitude…I don’t take it personally because I’m secure with myself and what I do, I love what I do. But I almost feel bad that that’s his one way of getting attention rather than going into music and curating. I think his attitude’s changed over the last couple years. I personally have become less connected to his music because his personality is almost overshadowing that, when he is such an incredible artist.
Now, of course deadmau5 could not resist responding when a fan asked him about Skrillex's comments on Twitter in a series of now deleted tweets.
He initially responded, "dont really give a fuck tbh. he should have brought that up when i released his first album for him. whatever. you like what you like."
“At the end of the fucking day, if I’m ‘miserable / moody / negative’ then thats just me dealing with or not dealing internal shit,” he wrote via EW. “I’m aware that I can be a fucking diva. Yes I am aware than I have more than one complex.”
Then it gets a little sad.
"the people you should REALLY fucking worry about, are the people who dont know it," he writes via Stereogum. "So YES @skrillex im SUPER SAD im not as cheerful, and super inspired by life like you. and im so SORRY im an asshole. but how about…you let me worry about that shit.
Personally, it feels like Skrillex made his comments with class, acknowledging the influence of deadmau5 on his career and separating artistic respect for his craft from his current feelings on the guy. If you see it from that angle, deadmau5's response reads unnecessary, and in a way it validates what Skrillex is saying.
Either way, we encourage you to check out the full interview: it goes into a lot of different topics besides this rather-stupid deadmau5 vs. Skrillex spat, and it's best if we focus on the music and other things that actually matter instead of the personal issues between the two.