Skrillex and Bruno Mars Are Collaborating on Pop Music’s Next Banger
Prepare to hear pop music’s next banger.
Here are the 6 biggest things we learned from his recent interview with Billboard.
He and Mars are doing something revolutionary together.
I’m not going to give specifics of what it sounds like, but what we’re doing is so f–king different, awesome and next level and sounds like nothing else that’s happened before.
On collaborating with a diverse pool of artists, he loves being able to choose his “own story.”
Every time I get in the studio with somebody else and collaborate, that’s when I always have revelations and learn about stuff. And I just love stepping outside of what I know and there’s no other music position that can do that. Like as a singer, you’re in a band. I think what we are musically in our head space, there’s no other way. I can step outside my box anytime and that wasn’t possible before. I guess that’s aligned with the exponential growth in technology and knowledge, the fact that everything there is so accessible now, you can just f–king choose your own destiny. Goosebumps that shit. (creepy voice) Choose your own story.
His advice to aspiring EDM-ers and newcomers is to “be a f*cking kid” and break the rules.”
Don’t care. Don’t try to get people’s attention. Build your shit, people will find you. Have your essence come through your art and have your art speak loud. And hustle with your art, your image, your brand. How cool is that? … And those are my favorite artists. When I hear it, it’s like “what the fuck were you thinking when you made this?” This was not done before, like you’re not allowed to put melody with that sound… I want that. Break rules. Break them all.
His greatest weakness is girls.
Girls probably. Like if I’m really feeling a girl, I just don’t want to work. I want to hang out with her. Maybe that’s like a partial weakness. My greatest weakness is bad vibes. Like if I know someone’s losering around and there’s just bad vibes it can really throw me off a lot. You got to be careful with that, you have to understand when it’s just not the right flow…
One of his greatest accomplishments was getting that No. 1 for “Sorry,” amongst other things.
Hard to say man. Getting a No. 1 for “Sorry” with Justin Bieber was pretty f–king sick, because my own personal music got big in a different way. We sell records, but it’s not on radio and to have a song that’s like that on radio… even “Where Are U Now” and other Jack U records, that shit’s pretty cool. And where the label has grown, that’s a big accomplishment.
A bunch of shit man, just being alive today. I’ve always tried to look at least five or six years ahead of me, and even though it’s kind of like a sketch on a canvas, I kind of see the end point in 13 years or so. And so that’s cool, to be here right now and still see all this opportunity.
Five years from now, he sees “just more creativity.”
More directing, more bringing people together to create a vision. And I don’t know what exactly that means in five years or less, but it has to be with everything I’ve already been doing. I want to do everything. I want to do everything in art. And I want to travel the world more. I want to go skydiving more. F–king make a bunch of people happy and I want to have my friends with me, you know. That’s really what it’s all about.