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19 Facts You May Not Know About Skrillex

Updated September 23, 2021 397 votes 71 voters 9.7k views19 items

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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    He Was the Lead Singer of an Emo Band

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    Skrillex joined the angsty rock band From First to Last after he reached out to Matt Good about playing guitar for the group. Rather than playing guitar, Skrillex wound up as the band's lead singer. Only 16-years-old at the time, Skrillex toured and released two albums with the band. Talk about some stellar luck.
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    He Has Synesthesia

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    In an interview with BBC 1's Annie Mac, Skrillex described how his music is affected by his synesthesia, which is a merging of the senses. People who have synesthesia can see colors when they hear songs, taste flavors when they read words, or feel textures when they see numbers. Skrillex says that he sees light yellow when he hears his song “Take Ü There.”
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    He's A Pretty Big Sci-Fi Geek

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    Skrillex is a self-professed science fiction nerd. He even described his most popular song, "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," as "Transformers’ meets Final Fantasy." In a Reddit AMA, Skrillex also expressed interest in scoring science fiction films if the opportunity ever arose. He even made a sci-fi inspired music video for his remix of "Red Lips." 
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    He Has His Own Disney Character

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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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