Breakout the tinfoil hats everybody—we have a compelling case for time travelers being among us. Or just a strange coincidence on our hands, who’s to say? But the former is a much juicer explanation for how YouTube user BLΛCK SΛMPLE managed to guess that Skrillex would feature on Kingdom Hearts 3‘s opening theme way back in 2016.
Some eagle-eyed Redditors spotted a random comment left on a YouTube video in 2016 that appears to have predicted Skrillex’s critically lauded collaboration with Hikaru Utada, “Face My Fears” which was released earlier this year. Three years ago, user BLΛCK SΛMPLE commented on the official audio for Skrillex, Team EZY, and NJOMZA‘s “Pretty Bye Bye,” with his thoughts, only to spark some bewildered responses years later when the track actually dropped.
The comment also does not appear to be edited in any way making this quite the head-scratcher. Or there’s a possibility of a third scenario—that this comment is in fact the ultimate catalyst that made “Face My Fears” actually come to fruition. That the right person saw the comment and set the pieces into motion to make a Skrillex Kingdom Hearts track a reality. Which is almost equally as wild. Twilight Zone? You decide. In any case, this seems like a good opportunity to revisit “Face My Fears” below.
Skrillex and Hikaru Utada‘s “Face My Fears” has been met with warm critical reception since the track’s official release of January 18. Now, the Kingdom Hearts 3 theme is getting its own animated visual accompaniment, that perfectly narrates one of Skrillex’s most refreshing collaborations to date. The video splices clips of gameplay footage with nostalgic appearances from some of Disney’s most beloved characters with cameos from Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy, Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Captain Jack Sparrow.
The new visual is set to the Japanese version of “Face My Fears,” though it keeps the echoing English hook intact. The track, which lives on Utada’s Face My Fears EP, recently entered the Billboard Hot 100. Speaking to the publication recently, Skrillex explained the collaboration’s personal significance,
“For me, there’s something [Kingdom Hearts] that I immediately connect with my younger self, back when I was experiencing it for the first time. When you turn it on, it feels like you’re in that world, and when it comes to being a creator, everything you do, in a way, is a synthesis of the things you love in life. My goal for ‘Face My Fears’ was to hopefully continue the legacy of that feeling.”
Kingdom Hearts III released the trailer to the highly-anticipated role-playing video game last month which featured a sneak peek at the theme song made by Skrillex and Hikaru Utada. Now, the Japanese-American singer-songwriter has released her Face My Fears EP, which includes the full debut of the Skrillex-produced track in both English and Japanese versions. Superstar gamer Ninja, who took a dip into the EDM-isphere with his Ninjawerks Volume 1compilation project late last year, took to Twitter to praise the song, equating it to the reason EDM belongs with gaming.
Through it’s dynamic and forward-moving hook, the track combines Utada’s serene versework with Skrillex’s signature melodic vocal chops thrown towards a stuttering groove and clicking dance-pop rhythm. Utada also released two additional singles from the EP, “Don’t Think Twice” and “Chikai,” which also feature her stunning bi-lingual vocals.
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.