We made a video for this dude called Skrillex and we’re very, very excited to share it with you.
Two years ago one of our promoter friends asked us if we wanted to put on a party with this unknown dude called Skrillex. Some of us were pretty big into post-hardcore music and when they heard that it was actually the solo project of Sonny Moore from From First To Last, they got stiffies and were all about it – we were 20 and about two months into club promoting at this time and didn’t even know the difference between a CDJ200 and CDJ1000; so everything seemed like a great idea.
We locked down a seedy male strip club as the venue and after all the toy boys had put away their cucumber-filled underwear and the fat, desperate hens night clientele had left to return to their unhappy marriages, doors opened at midnight. The show was awesome. Oliver Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon happened to be playing a show down the road and hopped on stage to scream over a Skrillex remix of one of their songs – the only time this has ever happened. The 400-person crowd were going mental as the bewildered ex-stripper, cowboy hat toting, tazor threatening and daisy duke short wearing, 60 year old owner looked on in disbelieve. Apparently dubstep is crude and in your face, funny coming from a man that gets naked for money. Here’s a bit of footage to give you some idea of how ridiculous it was:
From that weekend on we hung out with Sonny whenever he was in our hometown of Perth or when we were over in the States. These few funny encounters have always been memorable and include one of the boys smoking a Jeffrey (Why’s it called a Jeffrey? Who can be afraid of a Jeffery?) backstage at one of his festivals and proceeding to shit his pants, multiple shoeys which led to him chanting ‘shoey shoey’ as he opened his Perth show, drinking ourselves into a stupor at Hard Summer Festival, 24-hour ounces and general Tom Foolery. Fairly sure his entourage of management, friends and sweaters are sick of us guys by now.
Our favourite memory with the whole team is rocking up on the last day of Miami’s Ultra Music Festival when we knew spirits would be low after the days we had endured – ours definitely were. So we bought 20 cheap Hawaiian/Party shirts and gave them to all the crew who then proceeded to wear, steal and swap shirts for the duration of the day. Party shirts fix everything and Skrillex performing out of a space ship to 140,000 people helped excite everybody just a little bit – cue one of us waking up passed out on his trailer at 2am when the festival had closed.
Somewhere in between all of this Sonny, and his management, saw the video Moonclad Kid of Pilerats had put together for Flume’s remix of New Navy and loved what they saw. Sonny then said “you need to make me a video” and once we got the all clear we set off and this is what we and seven months of work came out with. Awesome kids who have bought our magazine have already seen it, but we’re fucking excited to share it with the wider world:
Thanks for reading and thanks for watching, be sure to check out our full feature on Skrillex in Issue One of our interactive ipad/iphone magazine in the app store now!
Perth-based Pilerats is an emerging creative collective, comprised of promoters, graphic designers, photographers, videographers, marketers and managers.
Photo credit - Rukes.com