Skrillex, Jauz & Borgore Open Up About Mad Decent Boat Party Tragedy

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Skrillex poses in the press room at the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.  

Since coming ashore from the Mad Decent Boat Party, artists have started speaking publicly about the tragedy that took place aboard the cruise party, when 24-year-old Kaylyn Rose Sommer jumped overboard.

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Following the American Music Awards this weekend, Skrillex answered a TMZ reporter's question about the incident. "It's something that none of us ever foresaw or, like, would have ever wanted to be a part of," he says. "And it affected all of us so much. It's not something we want to be sensationalized."

Watch the full interview below:

Los Angeles artist Jauz took to Facebook to deliver a heartfelt tribute to Sommer, who turned out to be the first fan he interacted with aboard the ship.

In an interview with the Broward Palm Beach New Times, Israeli artist Borgore opened up about the experience and the lack of information available in the incident's immediate wake.

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"We knew exactly what anyone else knew on the boat," he says. "It’s not like the artists had any different information from anyone else. Sixthman, Mad Decent, and the boat crew kept going around the speakers, giving us updates. We didn’t know who fell in the water, and we didn’t know the reason. We only knew that there was a person in the water, and we had to stop everything to look for them. We spent between ten to 12 hours of complete silence on the boat, everyone in their rooms in shock. There were tons of people in the balconies looking for something in the water."

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He continues: "In general, after what happened, it was hard for people to get in a party mood, but at the same time, bear in mind, there were tons of people that didn’t know the person, and they were there to have a great time. They grieved as much as they could, but after all, they were there to party. They were on vacation; they saved their money all year [to go]. But you definitely felt a huge decline in energy.”


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