Skrillex’s remix of “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott finally – finally – dropped this week, making it the third year running that Skrillex has had a major collaboration of some kind with a rapper (2016: Purple Lamborghini, 2017: Humble remix). Of the three, his “Sicko Mode” remix is by far the weakest, but that won’t stop bass DJs across the board from playing it out until our ears become numb to it.
Both artists spoke with Billboard about the remix and the process behind it. Skrillex admits it was a tough song to remix, with so many parts already embedded within it. For Scott, he wasn’t even aware that a remix was coming.
“From my end, I saw a little video of him fucking around with it in the studio. I was like, ‘Damn, this shit is fire.’ I didn’t even know if he was going to drop it or not,” Scott shared with Billboard.
Skrillex also explains the somewhat odd nature of the remix, in so far as keeping so many elements of the original intact while going ham on just that middle section. “I ended up kind of re-sounding some of the main elements, because I wanted to take it on kind of a journey and take it to new places after about halfway,” Skrillex told Billboard. But yeah, it’s a tough song to remix you know?”
However, one of the more important questions during the interview came as Billboard asked if there’s a possibility for any more collaborations down the road.
Scott: Hell yeah! He was playing me some beats and that shit was crazy.
Skrillex: When we were kicking it and working a little bit on the remix, we were kind of hanging out in the studio and I ended up playing him a ton of more beats. I like taking in everything organic and making everything natural. Doing something together in the future is definitely on the horizon, you know? It’s a vibe for sure.
Well, you heard ’em.
With a new perspective on the remix and the hope of future collaborations down the line, listen again to Skrillex’s remix and let us know if you think a from-scratch tune would sound dope or not.