Skrillex was one of the few artists at EDC this weekend that I really like and wasn’t anticipating hotly, because I wasn’t sure how much of his set I’d be able to catch on account of the fact that him and Zeds Dead were booked in roughly the same time slot. This year has been a great one for the 23 year old Los Angeles native, with dozens of original and remix productions, and over half of those becoming huge chart-topping hits. No surprise then that the mostly Californian crew at EDC was out in droves to show their support for the man who has done much to bring dubstep to the forefront of popular music in America.
As it turned out, I was able to catch about 20 minutes of his performance before having to swim through the massive crowd swarming the Neon Garden stage, and the stop off was well worth it. Shuffling was rare as he began his set with his biggest hits, each proving more anthemic than the next with the skanking, 2-stepping, thrashing fans. His opening track was the only real curveball – the debut of a previously unreleased original production. I was permitted to do a short recording of his set and the quality turned out reasonably well, though with some difficulty in processing it at home – we were rather close to the stage as you can see from the footage, and the thunderous bass was so loud that each pulse would compress my chest (and consequently it overpowered much of the rest of the recording).[audio:Skrillex – Unreleased (Live at EDC 2011 Las Vegas).mp3]