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Californian electronic dance music producer, DJ and singer-songwriter Skrillex has a licence to thrill at Stereosonic in Brisbane this Sunday
It’s no shock famous people can skip queues at nightclubs, restaurants and even airports. But American Skrillex has discovered yet another upside to being one of the most popular DJs in the world – being fast-tracked through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Skrillex, born Sonny Moore, was renewing his licence in California when he found there’s even a velvet rope at the DMV if you know the right people.
“I had a hook-up and did a bit of queue jumping,” Skrillex says. “It was like I had a jetpack on and flew over everyone. I didn’t even know that was possible, it was a little treat.”
The magic bump came in handy – Skrillex, 26, is insanely busy. He’s been circling the globe on the back of finally releasing a debut album, Recess. The DJ’s live show features the kind of production you’d expect from a rock band.
“DJing is the most fun thing for me,” he says. “It’s a real simple art form, its like playing acoustic guitar. You can only play so many chords, but it’s how you choose to create that story.
“DJing is a different experience to watching a band. People want to hear new music and they don’t hear dope music on the radio so they come to their favourite DJ to hear it. No smoke and mirrors, everyone knows we’re DJs, we’re mixing records and it’s fun and people love to go to the shows. It’s very simple.”
He’s now working on another project, Jack U, with fellow electronic icon Diplo, with an EP due soon.
“It’s dope,” Skrillex says. “We’re working with some crazy artists on this EP – there’s Usher and 2 Chainz and some people I can’t talk about yet. I’ll play some of them at Stereosonic.”
Skrillex says DJing is a simple art form that he enjoys as much as his audiences.