The Jack Ü producer also discusses how EDM has been taken over by “businesspeople”.
Skrillex has responded to Deadmau5’s claims that was “used as a goddamn tool” by Justin Bieber on the pop star’s recent Purpose album.
The producer, real name Sonny Moore, produced five out of 12 tracks on the star’s 2015 Purpose album, having also worked together on Jack Ü’s ‘Where Are Ü Now? single. “Made the mistake of listening to this jack u shit with Bieber assuming they at least did something cool… nope,” Deadmau5 tweeted on that track’s release in August last year. “What the fuck is this shit?” He later clarified in a live stream: “I hate that he allowed himself to be a goddamn tool for someone else. But I can’t be too much of an ass about it… he likes to do it, he’s a fucking little hippy and loves working with people, and that’s his thing. I can respect that.”
Talking to Rolling Stone, Skrillex brushed off the comments. “If he was a real friend, he would come to me and be like, “Yo, you shouldn’t be working for Justin Bieber,” rather than blowing it up all over the Internet and going out of his way to make people feel wrong for making a choice in their life,” he said. “And I would say to him, “I enjoy working with Justin Bieber!” I’m a fan of his voice. And if you’re a producer and you get an opportunity to work with someone who’s the biggest artist in the world – for better or for worse – what would you say? Would you say no?”
Skrillex also took the opportunity to tease his new album – “It doesn’t have to be an album anymore. It’s good to re-evaluate and start from the ground up of what it means to make music and what it means to release music” – and discuss the state of EDM in the interview.
Asked if the genre was in decline as some have recently suggested, he said: “A lot of people who ask about the state of EDM don’t know what they’re asking. Are you asking me how long people are going to make EDM? Like what David Guetta’s making? Avicii? Or are you asking how long people are going to make computer music? Because people won’t stop making music on the computer until computers go away. But as far as a certain culture and aspect of EDM, yeah, I do believe that it will go away, because the ratio of businesspeople is trumping the ratio of actual artistry.”