Skrillex recently sat down with Katie Couric to speak about his career and lifestyle as one of dance music’s most popular and influential figures. In an interview that seems to be directed more towards the casual viewer with less previous knowledge than the average electronic music fan, Sonny gives a detailed account of his childhood, family life, tours, and thoughts on the general scene and community surrounding it. After creating some quick vocal samples for Skrillex to use in a track, they sit down.
To start, Katie reveals that his net worth has now reached an astonishing $20M, due in part to his nonstop tour schedule. In 2011 alone, she says, he played 322 shows. With these kind of numbers, it’s no surprise that his name has been growing more and more common in the “mainstream” over the years. Katie mistakenly attributes this fame to his recent collaboration with Justin Bieber, putting aside his years of endless work and stardom before connecting with the pop star.
After some baby footage, Skrillex speaks about his youth, saying that he was bullied for being an “emo” kid in grade school. He was taught at home during high school, and found out at 16 years old that he was adopted. “At the time, everything feels profound when you’re 16, and intense. That was another reason why I’m like I’m gonna go discover myself and travel and make music.”
He speaks about the recent passing of his mother, and his father’s welcome advice and support before and since her time of absence. He describes his father’s dedication to the Church Of Scientology as well, avoiding the practice himself due to his lack of time.
Katie asks Skrillex about his thoughts on the Zac Efron movie, “We Are Your Friends.” Sonny laughs at the concept of the film and says that it’s an inaccurate representation of his career and life.
He says that he’s always wanted to make music for his 16 year old self: “no offense, but I don’t want to make music for old people.” Then, he goes on to talk about the younger generation of producers on the rise, saying that one day even babies will have the ability to make great music.
He denies any encouragement to take drugs while attending his shows or listening to his music, disregarding a line written in the Guardian. He thinks that his music is far too high energy to be an enjoyable experience while on substances. Like he says, he would never be able to pull off the amount of shows he does if he were taking drugs. “It’s about the music.”
Finally, as the conversation comes to a close, Skrillex gets a call from the mysterious producer on everyone’s radar as of late, Marshmello. Referring to him as “Chris,” Skrillex spends the last couple of minutes talking about the artist.