Skrillex Talks Up Dutch Trio Noisia as Masters and Mentors: 'It's Just Pure Art'

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Skrillex performs during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, Calif.

Next time you find yourself jammin' to some music Sonny Moore made, remember you might have Noisia to thank for it.

“Nick from NOISIA was one of the first guys who made me feel like the stuff I was making wasn’t just demo quality,” the producer recently told NEST HQ. “He was like, 'No, that’s good! That’s you. It doesn’t need anything else.'”

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He took some time to stay with the drum 'n' bass trio after his time as frontman in From First to Last. At the time he was working on some solo singer stuff, but his destiny as Skrillex was right on the horizon. Skrillex has become one of the biggest names in dance and pop music, but he still finds Noisia to be a constant source of inspiration. He discussed the Dutch trio ahead of their OWSLA Radio takeover Saturday, Oct. 8.

“If you look at their aesthetic and their imagery and their sound and music, it’s just pure art,” he says. “In EDM you hear a lot of drops and people aren’t really saying anything. It’s just a loud moment, y’know? And sometimes that’s effective live, but when you’re hearing what they’re making, they’re saying something. Like, a good guitar solo — some of it just sounds like noodling, but some of it you’re following. They think about what they have to say and they say it in every song. Without words. It’s not randomness. It’s calculated.”

Read the full interview at NEST HQ.