On September 29, Sonny Moore, known to many as Skrillex, took to the Boiler Room for the first time. Playing the Boiler Room set is seen as something as a rite of passage and a career make-or-break point for many electronic artists. This set was something of an anomaly, due to Skrillex’s deep-seated establishment as one of the genre’s current (and probably future) top players.
Recess, which released in 2014, is the most recent full length album by the artist, though his collaboration with Diplo under the name Jack Ü, as well as singles such as Purple Lamborghini with Rick Ross for Suicide Squad, as well as his remix of Hundred Waters’ Show Me Love with Chance the Rapper have kept Skrillex in the spotlight. He also produced much of Justin Bieber’s album Purpose, as well as maintaining a leadership role within his independent record label, OWSLA.
As an artist who has played an active role in the electronic music scene, as well as quite literally propelling it to be what it is today, it’s no secret that he’s honed his music and mixing skills, as well as having expertly adapted to the times. The eclectic and varied mix includes songs from many current and popular genres, with songs new and old.
As well as playing many songs of his own creation, Skrillex gave a nod to his fellow OWSLA peers Getter, Josh Pan, and Mija, as well as giving hip-hop a shine with the inclusion of Schoolboy Q, Chief Keef, French Montana, and Meek Mill.
In today’s increasingly oversaturated electronic market, one has to demonstrate uniqueness, as well as abandon genre standards to create new and innovative things, and with this set amongst all of his new releases and projects, it seems that Skrillex has no problem doing just that.
Watch the official recording of the set here: