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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

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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.

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