Skrillex has become a sensation in the electronic music world, under the real name of Scotty Moore he joined Georgia based screamo band From First To Last releasing a couple of albums on Epitaph Records before his vocal chords packed in.
Interestingly he took the dynamics and the moods of screamo (more proof that the most cutting edge and influential music comes out of rock) and crossed them over with the post Chemical Brothers rush of electronic music and has created a monster that rock kids and dance heads can relate to. Sonja Lenihan saw him turn Manchester Apollo into a party…
Skrillex has just won 3 Grammys. Are you still wondering who he is? Don’t worry, that’s normal, I think, if you’re over the age of 30. None of my friends have heard of him either. Thankfully though, my radar has been functioning well and has once more taken me into the realms of a new musical revelation. If you ever found yourself having a splendid time at a gig such as The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Orbital, The prodigy, Leftfield, Faithless and all those other dance acts that made you feel alive and unified whilst you danced your hearts out, then get Skrillex on your to do list.
For one and a half hours the whole of The Apollo was in the throws of a mental tribal glory that I always crave to see at a gig, sometimes the power of music is the highest high I could ever imagine feeling. The place was absolutely rocking and bouncing to non-stop loud, dirty, gritty yet melodic beats. The odd thing about this gig, for me though, was the demographic. I am only 39 but probably one of the oldest people there. This was the new gig going generation out in force, teenagers and young men mostly.
Impromptu mosh pits were springing up everywhere, but playfully. They had intense passion for the music (rightly so, it was top notch) and it was lovely to see. Music as we know and love it, is far from going to the X factor dogs, there’s still hope. I can’t recommend Skrillex highly enough, and, he even did an after party DJ set at Sound Control afterwards and that was bloody great too, what a top bloke. I think it’ll take a lot to beat that night, and I have a lot of gems to compare it to. Honest, trust me, go and have a ganders. Warning though, if you go to this sort of evening and dance for 7 hours, your legs will ache for a few days afterwards, just sayin’.