What’s it like to be such a great remixer, your version of the song becomes even more popular than the original?
Skrillex knows, but he’s a super humble dude, and he’d probably never brag about it. In that case, the job is ours to highlight some of the OWSLA master’s greatest remix moments. His takes on some of the most iconic dance hits in the past six or seven years have become staples of the scene. Skrillex’s song remixes are classics in and of themselves, and these are a few of our favorites.
La Roux – “In For The Kill”
“In For The Kill” was the track the whole world remixed, but Skrillex might have the best one out. It showed off the then-nascent producer’s softer, glitchier side – at least on the intro. It was all monster noises after the drop.
Any time you see Benny Benassi play a set, he’s going to play “Cinema.” In the middle of the original, he’s going to mix into the Skrillex remix, because it is a giant runaway hit that ended up defining the song as much as the original. It wouldn’t be right to hear “Cinema” without that face-melting drop. Even Benassi agrees.
Nero – “Promises”
This is one of the most Skrillex-y sounding things we’ve ever heard, a totally-relevant time capsule of the moment. It was 2011, this Nero song was the biggest thing on the planet, and Skrillex was swiftly becoming one of the biggest names on the scene. It was only right that he slap his bass boom all over this megahit.
Avicii – “Le7els”
This remix runs in that same vein. It saw official release right after the “Promises” remix, and it was a tune the long-haired producer teased in his sets for months before finally letting it loose on fans’ ears. It’s full of mechanical womps and screeching synths. It’s Skrillex does “Le7els” in every way.
Birdy Nam Nam – “Goin’ In”
You may recognize this tune as the backdrop of the A$AP Rocky hit “Wild For The Night.” It’s a bit speedier than what eventually hit radio, and the drop hits with a bit more jagged of an edge, but it’s clear as the musical foundation. That means the song your sister knows all the words to is actually a remix of a remix. Remixception.
GTA – “Red Lips” feat. Sam Bruno
Just like the original, this version starts stark and moody and descends into the turn up. The difference? This Skrillex version goes about three-times harder. You know it’s a good remix when it’s the version that gets the official video treatment, and boy is this video spooky good.
You won’t find the standard Skrillex wonks here. The original is a beautiful, moving acapella. The lyrics are honest and stirring, like a prayer. Skrillex adds a subtle beat and adds Chance the Rapper, among others.