For Skrillex, the Los Angeles producer (born Sonny Moore) widely credited with dubstep's explosion, "real power is subtle. It's generating a movement by inspiring people, not coercing them," he says. Skrillex is No. 5 on Billboard's Top 30 EDM Power Players list.
Skrillex photographed on June 2, 2015 at his home in Los Angeles, Calif.
Skrillex's label OWSLA, a division of...
Skrillex's label OWSLA, a division of Atlantic/Big Beat that launched the careers of Zedd and Porter Robinson, boasts a roster of rising stars including What So Not and Yogi. OWSLA's Los Angeles offices, nicknamed The Nest, are now home to Biz3 Publicity (owned by Kathryn Frazier, left) and the Blood Company management firm (founded by Tim Smith, left), and will soon include OWSLA Studios, an in-house recording hub.
What's the worst thing about dance in 2015? "Drug culture. Kids are going to do what they do, and I'm not judging them, but it wasn't ever like that for me," he says. "That's why I do a lot of mixed-genre festivals. People connect differently. I'm super into that."
When not running his conglomerate, Skrillex plays more than 200 shows a year and maintains two supergroups: Dog Blood, with Boys Noize, and Jack U, with Diplo. In March, he headlined Miami's Ultra Music Festival and brought out Diplo, Usher, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Justin Bieber and others.