After taking a relative breather in 2018, Skrillex is back in full force this year. In fact, by the end of the summer events circuit, Skrillex will have performed a number of solo shows, a handful of festival-headlining Dog Blood reunions, and now, he’s slated for a special appearance with his former band, From First To Last, at this year’s BUKU Music + Arts Project. From First To Last last performed together two years ago at Emo Nite LA, a performance that at the time ended a decade-long hiatus for the band.
In the time since Skrillex last rejoined his screamo outfit, the band has released two singles with him on vocals— “Make War” and “Surrender.” Now Travis Richter, Matt Good, and Derek Bloom will be joined by their former lead vocalist Sonny Moore once again for a special after party performance at Republic New Orleans. The OWSLA boss will be pulling double duty, also headlining the festival with Boys Noize as Dog Blood. BUKU’s lineup dropped back in December, topped by A$AP Rocky, Excision, RL Grime, and Lana Del Rey.
Dog Blood is gearing up for a momentous return to Ultra Music Festival, the event largely considered to be their major festival debut back in 2013. Six years later, Skrillex and Boys Noize have Ultra in their sights once again, though this time fans in Miami will be treated to more than just their festival performance. LA-based events imprint Brownies & Lemonade is headed to Florida for Miami Music Week festivities, hosting a warehouse takeover at Mana Wynwood Warehouse on March 28, topped by none other than Dog Blood. Along with the “Middle Finger” duo, Anna Lunoe, A-Trak, Whethan, What So Not, 1788-L, and more are lined up for the event. Brownies & Lemonade is promising a night stocked with back-to-back performances, and surprise guests dropping in on the fly.
Beyond their Ultra booking, so far Skrillex and Boys Noize are slated to bring the acid to Buku Music + Arts Project and Sunset Music Festival. Performances from the duo are few and far between, and a warehouse set certainly doesn’t come around often. Brownies & Lemonade is preparing to throw one for the books, if you’re in Miami this spring, this one should not be missed.
This past weekend, Orlando exploded at the Orlando Amphitheater during Rezz’s headlining show. Openers included Bleep Blop, Drezo, and Ekali. During his opening set, Ekali previewed a new collaboration with Skrillex that has us losing our minds. The lucky attendees of Rezz’s Orlando show got to hear this new track and all its glory for the
FORM Arcosanti is back in 2019 for a sixth year in Arizona’s high desert, and this year’s music and cultural programming may result in the event’s strongest outing yet. Leading the lineup this year was Florence + The Machine, kicking off their North American summer tour from the experimental micro-city. The rest of the lineup, now delivered in full, includes intimate performances by Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Pussy Riot, Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA, Bonobo performing a DJ set, Snail Mail, DJ Koze, and TOKiMONSTA.
Skrillex will make his annual appearance at the three-day creative gathering—a favored testing ground for new material, where he live debuted tracks like his “Humble” remix and “Agen Wida” in years past. While Hundred Waters‘ Trayer will perform a solo set, the band is noticeably absent from this year’s lineup, as they’ve performed at each of FORM’s last five editions.
Beyond the music curated for this year’s event, FORM’s cultural programming has been announced. This year’s billing includes a variety of panels, poetry, workshops and discussions covering topics like architecture, design, and social justice with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and much more. FORM 2019 will also feature Between Two Books—a conversation between Florence Welch and authors Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, Ysra Daley-Ward and more, as well as demos of Tónandi, Sigur Rós’s mixed-reality collaboration with tech startup Magic Leap.
FORM is slated for May 10 – 12 in Meyer, Arizona. See the full lineup below.
Skrillex knows a star when he sees one, and his recent backing of emerging Danish vocalist Elohim should be a telling signal. We’re watching a breakout moment unfold for the young OWSLA recruit, behind the recent success of two Skrillex co-signs, “Connect,” and the ensuing “Buckets.” The latter is a buzzing anthem of unrest, and now we have an equally angsty video to round out the pair’s collaboration.
The new Jonas Risvig-directed video for “Buckets,” takes a deep dive into Denmark’s teen spirit, delving into the anxiousness of European youth culture, evoking distant visual remnants of Skrillex’s Lost Boys narrative from 2011’s “Bangarang” video. Elohim’s shrill vocals ride a gritty trap-influenced foundation as the track’s aesthetically dark video feature perfectly complements the Skrillex-produced beat. See the video for “Buckets” below, and keep an eye on Elohim, 2019 is primed to be her year.
Skrillex has been making headlines once again this week. Kingdom Hearts 3 launched last week, and its theme song was a collaboration between Skrillex and Utada Hikaru. The theme song was renowned as an excellent representation of the game, and critically acclaimed almost immediately. In a recent interview with Billboard, Skrillex explained how the collaboration
With the end of 2018 came the end of a much-deserved year off for Skrillex. While the “Buckets” producer maintained an active studio presence and a relatively busy itinerary, 2018 came and went without the release of a major project. The anticipation that has drummed up since Skrillex’s last solo release has reached an all-time high, and while the public is aware something new is coming, hopes of a full-length album may have just been dashed by the man himself.
It’s no secret Skrillex has a trove of new music under the hood. Social media is ablaze with clips of new tracks and fellow top-tier producers hyping yet-to-be-heard instant classics underway. Though in a recent interview with Billboard on the production behind Skrillex’s new Kingdom Hearts III theme, the OWSLA-helmer was ambiguous in his wording about a new project underway. Says Skrillex,
“You know, people have been asking me about when I have a new album coming out, and it’s a little strange, because I never said I was making an album.”
Having reached his thirties and an obviously new chapter in his career, Skrillex reflects on his time off, and the need to “be human for a little bit.” He does assure fans,
“I’ll release some new music soon, but I’m just trying to do it organically. At the same time, I still love to make music, and I’m obviously working.”
While a proper follow up studio album to Recess may not actually be what Skrillex has in store for fans, he’s definitely got new material up his sleeve, and it be seeing the light of day very soon.
FORM Arcosanti is prepping a return to Arizona’s high desert in May, and, coinciding with Florence + The Machine‘s announcement of their upcoming North American summer tour, the band has been revealed to be the festival’s first headliner for the 2019 iteration. FORM, now in its sixth year, occupies Arizona’s unique micro-city, Arcosanti, and just like the host venue, the event has built a rich artistic history of being anything but ordinary in a short amount of time.
Florence + The Machine top this year’s lineup which is expected to land in full in the first week of February. Past headliners have included Flying Lotus, Solange, and James Blake, along with annual performances by Skrillex and the festival’s curators and organizers, OWSLA-signed Hundred Waters. Florence, embarking on a 17-stop run alongside FORM alumni Blood Orange and Perfume Genius, is a a telling, and exciting lead announcement from FORM, signaling another impeccably programmed event slated for May 10 – 12 at Arcosanti.
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.”
Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch fast cars since the Indy 500 began in 1911. Historically, the event is one of America’s most popular sporting events and, over the past few years, dance music has become an essential part of the experience. On Memorial Day Weekend 2019, the 500-mile race will see performances by Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium, and Chris Lake in the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light.
The Snake Pit is located in the center oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, eventually, turns into a full-blown music festival surrounded by speeding race cars. According to their website, “The sounds begin early on Race Day morning and are eventually joined by the roar of 33 race cars in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ creating an unforgettable scene.” 2018’s installment saw performances by Diplo, Deadmau5, Axwell / Ingrosso, and more, proving that these Snake Pit lineups don’t mess around. Watch the 2018 recap video below:
The Indy 500 Snake Pit 2019 takes place on Sunday, May 26. Head to their website for tickets and check out the promo video here.