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19 Facts You May Not Know About Skrillex  

Ryan Davis
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Electronic music has reached a status of legitimization after years of skepticism from American consumers. While youth culture has fully embraced EDM and all its various sub-genres, many others have been much more apprehensive, unable to decide whether the sound can be anything more than lowbrow. But artists like Skrillex have transformed the EDM subculture into a much more respected artistry. Initially the lead singer of emo band From First to Last, Skrillex ventured out to pursue a drastically different sound (one that somehow still complimented his gothic look). Electronic music became Skrillex's ticket to superstardom, something that music critics never would have expected. 

Despite being one of the best known DJ and producers in the world, not a lot is publicized regarding Skrillex's personal life. Here you'll find some of the most interesting things you likely didn't know about Skrillex. Aside from being that guy who writes banger after banger, there's a lot more to know about who Skrillex really is. Consider this a 101 on Skrillex's bio. Whether you're a huge fan and want to know more about your favorite EDM musician or you are wondering "who is Skrillex?" these facts will interest you.
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His Real Name is Sonny

Happy birthdays to this magical being @listentokai .

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You probably assumed that there's no way Skrillex could have been the guy's real name. Obviously, you were right. Skrillex's real name is Sonny John Moore
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He Was Adopted and Doesn't Like to Talk About It
He Was Adopted and Doesn't... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 19 Facts You May Not Know About Skrillex
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Skrillex found out he was adopted after he was confused for a family friend's child in a grocery store. The DJ's parents adopted Skrillex when he was a baby from a woman that he knew as a family friend growing up. His real mother would often come over and spend time with the family, but Moore had no idea it was his biological mother. After he discovered the family secret, he was enraged at his parents' betrayal. According to Skrillex, he doesn't like to retell the story, and the revelation put a heavy strain on his relationship with his parents for a long time.
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He Dated Ellie Goulding
He Dated Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 19 Facts You May Not Know About Skrillex
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Sonny Moore dated Ellie Goulding dated for almost a year, but there was no bad blood when the relationship fizzled. Skrillex and Goulding have both opened up about their romance, describing each other as "very similar." According to Skrillex, "The hardest thing was [their] schedules were just as crazy as each other's schedules, so it was so hard to see each other. There were times when [they] got to spend time. When [they] met she was off cycle, writing, hanging out, she'd come on tour with [him], it was a lot easier. As soon as she got really busy it was impossible."
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He Has His Own Disney Character
He Has His Own Disney Characte... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 19 Facts You May Not Know About Skrillex
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After Disney producers approached the DJ about making music for Wreck-It-Ralph, they offered Skrillex to make his own cameo in the film. One producer shared: "We asked him if we could do it. We went to him first and said, 'Hey, we have this party scene... and we have a DJ and we think it would make a nice cameo if we put you into it.' And he was ecstatic." Being turned into a computer-animated character would be cool for anyone, even Skrillex.

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