Skrillex shows LA How To Be A Rocker with Class
By Chris Stroud
Skrillex,Skrillex,Skrillex is all I have heard from everyone I know in Los Angeles. After a week long tour of Los Angeles, Sonny is on everyones mind; including their social media pages, & music players. Hell, I think "My Name is Skrillex" after this past week. The Field of Noise Editor and staff had the pleasure to be at the show at the Palladium in Hollywood. It has been a while since I have seen anything like this Show. It reminds me of when I saw Nine Inch Nails in the early 90's in Atlanta. The kids in the crowd were so in-sync that when you looked at them they seemed to be one massive living creature going up & down up & down. I have seen Skrillex 8 or 9 times over the last year and a half. With each performance Sonny seems to read the crowd better and better as he hones his skills as a performer & DJ. Not only has he made a huge leap over the last year but he has also stayed grounded and he remembers where he came from. Sonny is one of the nicest people in the industry and that is what makes him a stand out in the music industry in Los Angeles.
Two short years ago, the Electronic Music scene was just starting to blossom here in Los Angeles and I remember everyone saying, "It won't last. It is just a phase just like in the early 90's when the rave scene was starting to grow." I just said, "The Electronic Music scene is here to stay and Los Angeles is the epicenter." The feeling in the air was and still is the same as it was in the 90's in Seattle when grunge took over. I lived there from late 1993 to late 1999. The scene in Seattle was electric because of bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Mother Lovebone, just to name a few. I thought , WOW! I get a chance to be right in the middle of something special. After I left Seattle, I remember thinking I will never have a chance to be part of something so historic. Well, I was wrong! Los Angeles is all about electronic music & it has quickly spread across the globe. Skrillex is right in the center of it all, Along with DJ's like Gary Richard's aka Destructo, 12th Planet are but a few.
When I think of Dub Step I think of Punk Rock in 80's with bands like T.S.O.L, Black Flag,The Adolescents, Agent Orange, & The Vandals. Dub Step is the Punk Rock of Electronic Music.
Now that I am a little older, I love the feeling I get when I am at a show & it brings me back to when I was younger. The music was my generations release.
It is great to see someone as young as Sonny bridge the gap between different generations. I have seen so many different types & ages of people at Electronic Music shows & it is awesome. Sonny's shows are even more extreme. I can't say that I have seen a more diverse crowd at a singe genre event as I did on Saturday. I mean shit, I saw a guy that was 65 and he was Shuffling right along with the crowd like he was 17.
If you are one of the lucky ones that has had or will have a chance to be a part of this movement then cherish it and hold on to it, because it does not happen to often. Please remember,we all started out on the ground floor so we can't think we are better than anyone else.