Skrillex is on the cover of SPIN Magazine. Is he the #1 DJ in the world? | Hipster Runoff

Skrillex is on the cover of SPIN Magazine. Is he the #1 DJ in the world?

Lately, electronic dubstep ravewave music has become way more popular than 'boring ass white ppl indie music'. SPIN decided to put Skrillex on their cover, which will definitely sell more copies than last month's St. Vincent cover. Skrillex looks good, bb!

Does this mean Skrillex has finally 'won' the throne as the Prince of Dubstep?
Is he the most popular DJ in the world?
Can u believe he is 23 years old and more famous/rich/successful than U?
Do u <3 or h8 Sonny Moore?

I'd say that the article is 'actually worth reading' for an entry-level crash course on the 'electro dance house dubstep rave music' boom in the post-Daft Punk era.

This is a new era in American electronic dance music. And if you want to understand it, keep your eye on Skrillex, regardless of what you think of dance music's current ultracommercial turn, or of dubstep's regressive macho tendencies, or of the genre's 30-plus years of rhythmic refinement threatening to devolve into a Pauly D fist-pump. Dance music fans have been like those ornery partisans in the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups commercials, pre-epiphany: "You got electro in my techno!" "You got commercial in my underground!" Skrillex manically disposes of those dichotomies; his music is like a melted goo of influences, sticky and chemically sweet. And the kids are eating it up.

See Skrillex perform and you understand why Deadmau5 -- the genre's most spectacular, or at least recognizable, act -- has anointed him with his magic mouse pheromones, releasing Skrillex's official debut EP on his own label, Mau5trap. You understand why Atlantic Records has made Skrillex a cornerstone of Big Beat, its recently relaunched dance-music imprint. "It's changing so rapidly, it's just crazy," cool-hunting DJ/producer Diplo shouts into my ear backstage at Electric Daisy Carnival while Skrillex plays. Diplo's T-shirt reads BABYLON IS FALLING.

Are RAVES the future of the modern music festival?

Consider these numbers: The total of 230,000 attendees this year at Electric Daisy Carnival surpassed Coachella, which sold 75,000 three-day passes (a reported drop from 2010's take). In its 12 years, Coachella has grown into a cultural institution, an event whose imprimatur makes stars, confirms legends, and attracts a parade of willowy starlets who are chronicled from the Huffington Post to US Weekly. Electric Daisy Carnival's profile is sketchier, to say the least (see SPIN magazine's "Electric Mayhem," page 54). But even indie-centric Coachella has been skewing its lineup towards electronic dance music over the past several years.

DJs are a more cost-effective act than some dumb boring band with guitars. The kids are going crazie for DJs, and u can sell Red Bulls to underaged kids at massive markups.

"Promoters make a lot more money on the DJ shows," explains Diplo, a few weeks after EDC. "A band plays, it's 45 minutes; DJs can play for four hours. Rock bands -- there's a few headliner dudes that can play 3,000–4,000-capacity venues, but DJs play the same venues, they turn the crowd over two times, people buy drinks all night long at higher prices -- it's a win-win."

Should I stop trying to launch a buzzband, and instead launch a buzzstep DJ project? I feel like I will make more $$$$ instead of just buzzbucks/PitchforkDollars.

Has ravewave gone mnstrm?
What kind of music does Skrillex play?
Is he the #1 DJ in the world?
How do u feel now that electro music is OFFICIALLY more popular than 'RELEVANT WHITE PPL INDIE NPR MUSIC'?
R u gonna go to a rave soon?
Who is more famous: Bon Iver or Skrillex?
Who is more famous: Panda Bear or Deadmau5?
Who is more famous: Diplo or Skrillex?
Who is more famous with ppl under the age of 25: John Lennon or Skrillex?


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