It's not always easy to see what the future holds. Sure we can look to the past to see where we're headed, but that can only help so much. The New York Times is aware of this dilemma and chose to ask leading industry tastemakers about what they think will happen way down the line. One of these individuals just so happened to be EDM's biggest player in recent history, Skrillex.
The future is an accident. It’s an accident because you explore. You have to go through with a machete and just hack away and find it. You can’t see it — you just have to go somewhere you haven’t been before. It’s not even about being so far into the future; it’s “How do you say what people want to hear next?” I’m always listening to what the younger kids are doing. The most inspiring stuff is what you find young kids doing online. It’s so raw. It’s, like, the singularity, the way children are interfacing with different technologies so seamlessly. I was in South Africa and went to this township, and the kids there had really cheap smartphones, and they could still build a window into another world, then adapt that to their culture. Some kids had D.J. gear in a little shack, and they were making this hack between house and African, like African house. Kids! Like, 8 years old. That’s where I’m getting ideas.
Skrillex is an interesting person to tap for such an article, but he's been a leading figure in the EDM boom that has taken place within the past 6 years and his innovative style set the foundation. He also makes an interesting point with looking to the youth to see what can happen in the future. After all, the younger generations continuously spark revolution in society and it's easy to see how this trend will continue. Whatever happens, Skrillex reacts to popular trends with his musical output. He's already making music with pop icons like Justin Bieber, we'll see what happens next.
To read the complete article, head to NY Times.