He is truly the Prince of Dubstep, a man capable of drawing crowds of hundreds of thousands to a single show. This is an incredible power and Skrillex (Anton Zaslavski) has yielded it in truly royal fashion. He seems to be busy working with every musical artist with a hint of relevancy in every genre. He does his best to aid aspiring DJs and producers, since two years ago he was among their ranks. All the while he is working on recordings of his own and putting on shows across the world, providing every continent a chance to find Skrillex tickets and spend the night partying like rock stars, perhaps even running into a celebrity.
Skrillex is collaborating on projects with Kanye in the recoding booth and putting together festivals with the likes of Pretty Lights, Jack White, and ZZ Top. He is everywhere and it is all thanks to the breakbeat. This is not the only element of his work, but it is the defining element and whenever anybody hears a sudden surge of beats layered over a deep bass they all think they are listening to him.
He discovered this electronic dance method thanks to his experience as a programmer and singer for a UK metalcore band and a tour with Deadmau5. The breakbeat had been born and nurtured in South London and Deadmau5 had been one of the early pioneers. Ultimately, Zaslavski would leave the group and begin a life as a producer, finding his way to the club side of music and introducing American music audiences to dubstep.
The DJ’s most recent release is last year’s Bangarang EP. Though, he has imprinted his influence on many more songs, acting as a straight-up producer or providing a remix for a collaborative album. Reading his discography is like looking at a list of the year’s biggest songs. One would think it would not be possible to have a track released without Skrillex signing off on the master copy. All that he would ask in return would be permission to remix it without any backlash.