Concert preview: Skrillex’s turbo-charged beats inspire dancing and head-banging in equal measure

By Columbus Alive
From the November 7, 2013 edition

In early 2011 Skrillex was an obscure DJ scraping by playing gigs at various Los Angeles clubs. Now he’s a multiple Grammy winner, a film composer (he scored Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” a movie as gaudy and over-the-top as his turbo-charged beats) and the face of a burgeoning EDM movement whose music has been celebrated by the likes of Lady Gaga and Kanye West, who collaborated with the DJ on a still-unreleased track. It’s been a staggering climb for the 25-year-old musician, born Sonny Moore, who visits the Bluestone for a sold-out concert on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Prior to reintroducing himself as Skrillex, Moore enjoyed a somewhat successful career in hard rock. He spent three years fronting the hardcore band From First to Last before touring briefly as a solo artist, and the sense of aggression he embraced in those projects frequently carries over into his electronic guise. Indeed, Skrillex remains one of the only DJs currently working the scene as likely to inspire audiences to throw up the devil horns as to hit the dance floor.

Bro Safari and Valentino Khan open the show.