OWSLA founder and prolific gamer, Skrillex, has been tapped by Kingdom Hearts to help create the theme song for their forthcoming third installment of the game.
Skrillex has been a devoted fan of the action role-play video game—which was originally launched by Disney and Square Enix back in 2002—for years, posting a still of the characters to his Instagram back in 2016.
The theme track, dubbed “Face My Fears,” is to be co-written by Poo Bear, as well as J-pop queen, Utada Hikaru, who championed the Kingdom Hearts instant-classic, “Simple and Clean,” (originally written for her Japanese audience as “Hikari”) more than 10 years ago. It’s unclear if Skrillex’s amped-up, bass-friendly bearings will pervade into the new theme; but nonetheless, the dubstep pioneer’s affinity for gamey sound design renders him an exemplary candidate for the task.
No doubt Vindata have made a name for themselves on Skrilex‘s OWSLA imprint. With notable label contributions like their 2015 EP, Through Time and Space, all the way through their latest single, alongside their label head and NSTASIA, “Favor,” the LA-based duo have successfully planted their flag as forward-thinkers in the electronic space.
Now, the pair will soon make their very first longform outing, as the “Better” producers announced their debut full-length album With Open Eyes is underway. Announcing the news on social media, the duo explained,
“Since day one, our main mission as Vindata has been to express and to inspire through our love of music. For our next project, we wanted to make something that comes from our soul, and we’re proud of what we’ve been cooking up.”
Vindata did not declare a release time frame for the album but noted that they will “soon” share the expected landing date, along with with album’s artwork. View the full statement below.
This month, Skrillex‘s LA-based artist collective, OWSLA, celebrates seven years in business. In those seven years, Skrillex went from promising mau5trap recruit, to burgeoning label head, to one of the most ubiquitous talents in electronic music history — and in turn, one of the most renown A&Rs in the game. Skrillex has achieved icon status as one of the most popular producers on the planet. His catalog speaks for itself. But perhaps more a testament to Sonny Moore’s abilities, and possibly what could wind up making a larger impact on his legacy than his own music, is the body of work he’s curated since OWSLA opened its doors seven years ago.
As the story goes, the label, named for the rabbit army in Richard Adams’ Watership Down, came into existence in 2011, shortly after Skrillex connected online with an emerging Porter Robinson. The young wunderkind instantly gripped Skrillex’s attention, and it wasn’t long before he was making plans to launch his own publishing imprint in order to host some of Robinson’s earliest, and most prolific works. Seven years later and here we are. Dancing Astronaut rounded up some of our favorite highlights from OWSLA’s first seven years, including work from Zedd, Anna Lunoe, Kill The Noise, Louis The Child, and many many more. Good people, good times.
Skrillex‘s OWSLA label blows out the candles celebrating seven years this month, and if the collective’s seventh anniversary is expected to impart any luck, then new Skrillex music might be on the way — and sooner than fans expect. Venerated audio engineer Randy Urbanski, whose credits include Skrillex, Beyoncé, and Katy Perry, took to social media to pay tribute to OWSLA in a way that may have implied that Skrillex is eyeing his impending return to the release ring, perhaps as early as October, 2018. Urbanksi included an image of Skrillex performing at XS in 2015 and captioned the visual with a particularly cryptic caption.
“Time flies when you’re having fun. And this year was slow. Can’t wait till this guy is back changing the game next month.”
Fans will remember Diplo spilling the beans on a new record in the works from the OWSLA head honcho earlier this year. Beyond that, the “Parachute” producer’s recent bookings at New Year’s Eve events, Snowta and Decadence, and an annual trip to Burning Man, signal the producer’s return to the festival circuit, a comeback that would naturally coincide with the release of new music, perhaps even a fleshed out project. For now, it seems the waiting game may be nearing an end though.
Skrillex made a cameo not on a Ty Dolla $ign track, but during the rapper’s recent arrest in Atlanta on September 5 — the same evening that Dolla was to jointly headline for G-Eazy‘s North American Endless Summer Tour at the Cellairis Amphitheatre. Newly released video footage from the arresting officer’s body cam shows Skrillex follow the rapper out of the car as Ty Dolla $ign exits his Mercedes van to speak with the officers present at the scene.
The footage captures Dolla’s admission that he smoked weed earlier in the day, in response to one officer’s comment that he smelled marijuana. The video also follows the officer’s pat down of both Skrillex and Ty Dolla $ign, but only one of the two artists would emerge unscathed. Police immediately arrested the rapper for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of cocaine after finding the drugs in Dolla’s bag. Ty Dolla $ign was released on bond on September 6, and is scheduled to appear in court on September 20.
UPDATE: HARD has confirmed this lineup is not the official lineup
Los Angeles electronic events giant HARD recently made headlines with the return of their once defunct Day of the Dead property, bringing the festival back to its original home at LA Historic Park this November. The news set the rumor mill ablaze, speculating which HARD alumni might make their return for the festival’s re-inauguration, and now a lineup poster has surfaced. At first glance, it looks like one of the most stacked dance billings of the year, though upon closer examination, some minor fractures in the unconfirmed lineup may reveal this one is too good to be true. No harm in putting our eggs in this basket for the time being and hoping it actually materializes though.
The rumored lineup features a rare 2018 performance from Skrillex — fans might remember the last time Sonny Moore rested the Skrillex project to link up with Boys Noize for Dog Blood in 2013, Moore’s comeback performance was at none other than Day of the Dead. Boys Noize is featured on the lineup as well, and anytime Skrillex and Boys Noize are in the same hemisphere, there arises a glimmer of hope for Dog Blood fans. Gesaffelstein is tapped as a DJ headliner and a Bixel Boys reunion in the undercard are some red flags. Again, this could either be the greatest lineup of the season or a certified fake. Deadmau5, Kaytranada, Bloody Beetroots live, and Baauer all make appearances on the rumored roster as well, with a grip of additional dance music power players. For Day of the Dead’s highly anticipated return to LA, we’re betting HARD pulled out all the stops — fingers crossed this one is confirmed official.
It has been a long four years since Jack Ü‘s heyday and EDM seems to move much faster nowadays. Now Diplo manages to sprout a new supergroup every few months, but his original side project team up with Skrillex was a particularly fun moment for dance music. The two superstar buddy DJ’s make a meal out of their short lived partnership, roping in headlining slots across the world, a Madison Square Garden affair, halftime performances, and of course a legendary performance at Burning Man. Skrillex and Diplo brought a special Playa-primed version of their Jack Ü collaboration to Camp Questionmark, and of course an unforgettable two-hour back-to-back set ensued.
Ah, the summer of 2014 — a simpler time. A few months prior, the two co-headlined Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Skrillex was just months off of his debut LP Recess, and Diplo was dominating the airwaves with “Express Yourself.” Everytime Jack Ü hit the decks it was a party. It was an amusing slice in time for dance music, so with this year’s edition of Burning Man now drawing to a close, a revisit to one of Jack Ü’s most memorable outings is certainly in order.
“Complicated” has proven to be one of Mura Masa‘s most brilliant productions to date, and the producer continues to expand on the song with an acoustic rendition. The collaboration with Skrillex has already received an emotionally moving music video, but now, Mura Masa gets together with frequent collaborator NAO (who not only provided the vocals for the track, but also sang on hit singles such as “Firefly“) for an acoustic rendition of “Complicated” performed live.
The performance not only showcases NAO’s powerful vocal ability, but also puts Mura Masa in an entirely new setting, playing some smooth electric guitar riffs over a subtle bassline. Prior to the jam session, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look of Crossan and the British singer/songwriter discussing the track and their past discography.
Every year, fans can expect some wild performances at Burning Man, and this year proves to be no different. Leading the pack, we have Diplo and Flume plotting a special back-to-back set from the Playa this year. While Diplo will deliver several different sets during the course of the week-long event, he will notably appear alongside the Skin producer on August 31 for a 12:00 to 2:00am.
Diplo and Flume’s joint appearance won’t be the only exciting performance at Black Rock City this year. ZHU, Skrillex, Seven Lions and more will also take the decks at Burning Man, with Skrillex slowly revamping his presence on the events circuit as the year winds down. Skrillex recently appeared on the lineups for Arizona’s Snowta and Decadence festivals, and now he’s making his annual trip out to the burn. With people currently flocking to the Nevada desert for this year’s iteration of the event, expect a number of additional high profile artists to spring up at Burning Man too.
These days, a Skrillex set is hard to come by. However, this New Year’s Eve, fans will help him ring in 2019 at not only the previously-announced Snowta in Minneapolis, but at Arizona’s most coveted NYE experience, Decadence the day before.
Skrillex is no stranger to Decadence, either. He and Diplo closed out the fest in 2015 together in the height of their short-lived stint as Jack Ü. This year, Skrilly will join Porter Robinson as Decadence co-headliners to be announced thus far.
While the rest of the lineup for Decadence has yet to be announced, previously-booked acts have included Kaskade, deadmau5, Disclosure. Needless to say, the event is an inexorable can’t-miss for Arizonian EDM enthusiasts.