Music Hall of Williamsburg


AC Slater, Shift K3y, Melo-X

Tue, February 11, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY


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"I've been deep into electronic music my entire life. The first records I ever owned were ‘Fat of Land' by the Prodigy and ‘Come To Daddy' by Aphex Twin," raves Sonny Moore, better known as emerging electronic visionary Skrillex. "Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails were also early influences. I've been dabbling in making electronic tracks on programs like Fruity Loops since I was 14 years old."

For fans of Moore's past incarnation as the lead singer of hardcore band From First To Last, the bass bin crushing dance floor beats of Skrillex might come off as something of a shock. But Skrillex is part of a new generation of artists that refuse to be restricted by preconceived notions or outside expectations. "Genre has never been important to me," he insists. "I've never thought about music that way."

Describing his current sound as "a mix of dubstep, electro and glitch all thrown together," new Skrillex release "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" reflects all of the above and beyond. The uplifting post-trance synth melodies of "All I Ask of You" (featuring the soaring vocals of Penny) stands in stark contrast to the face-melting electro bass blasts of the massive electro-dubstep hybrid "Rock 'n' Roll (We Will Take You to the Mountain)."

"I've listened to so much music for so long, it's more about instinct than influence," Moore explains about his sonic inspirations. "Coming up, I was into a lot of artists on the Warp record label like Autechre, Squarepusher, and Aphex Twin, so Skrillex tracks are inclined to have more changes than most dance tracks normally have. I can draw influences from almost anything. I just like to mess around and create cool new sounds and noises. I just go where the music takes me."

After just one hugely successful independent release, "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" is the first Skrillex release on fellow electronic revolutionary Deadmau5's freshly minted Mau5trap record label in conjunction with Big Beat records.

"For years, the artists needed the record labels. I don't feel that way at all," Moore stresses. "Skrillex has been 100% independent until now. I think it's so important to be self-sufficient as artist. Signing with Mau5trap/Big Beat allows us all to work as a team and expand on what's already been built."

Following its release on Beatport, the 9-song EP dominated the charts on the site, with the title track claiming the site's #1 slot (the first time a dubstep track has ever done so), 8 songs breaking into the top 10, and multiple tracks claiming the #1 slots on several of the site's subgenre charts, including Dubstep, Electro House, Progressive House.

Aside from the immediate success of "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" Skrillex has also made a name for himself as a highly sought-after remixer. He's already produced officially commissioned remixes for such A-list artists as the Black Eyed Peas ("Rock That Body"), Lady Gaga ("Bad Romance" and "Alejandro"), and La Roux ("In For The Kill").

Skrillex stands not only at the vanguard of electronic dance music, but the perpetually evolving new music industry as a whole.

"For me, it's important to believe in and love the music you're making. I gave away my first EP on my manager's website, just so people could hear the music," he enthuses. "It was downloaded by the thousands in just a couple of months, and it hasn't let up since. That's all the inspiration I need to keep making music.

"Skrillex can be anything I want it to be," he continues hopefully. "There are so many different avenues for music now. Video games, movie scores — the possibilities are endless, and I'm excited to be a part of it."
AC Slater
AC Slater
AC Slater has established himself as one of the most in demand remixers and producers in the world right now and his growing reputation is showing no signs of slowing down. Raised on 90's Hip-Hop and nourished by old school rave, AC has cultivated these influences to give birth to his own style of music production. A pioneer in the current electro and heavy bass sound, AC is one of the most talked about and sought after dance artists around. His tracks consistently top the Hype Machine and radio airplay charts, most notably his remix of the international hit "Show Me Love" by Robin S and his remix of underground classic "Turn The Music Up" being voted one of Moby's top 10 tracks of the decade.
MeLo-X is an Emcee, DJ, Producer, Audio Engineer and photographer from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY. MeLo-X is renown worldwide for not only his own music but also for custom Remixing of current classics.

MeLo is known for bringing a new approach to all of his work and has released a wide range of music projects from remixed albums with original production to custom blends over studio and live performances. His remix of Maxwell's Grammy Award winning album BLACKsummers'night, reached a worldwide audience and was the topic of the day for many blogs and traditional press outlets. Maxwell himself, raved about the remix over Twitter so much that Sony Music purchased it for use during his world wide tour. MeLo's mixtape Mustafa's Renaissance was praised by industry influencers and tastemakers alike. All of this buzz, led him to a performance in London for Gilles Peterson's Summer Bubblers Showcase as well as performances in premier NYC venues such as SOB's, The Blender Theater, Webster Hall and more. His remixes and original music hit Londons BBC 1Xtra and several online radio shows as well as dozens of blogs. In 2008- 2009 MeLo supported up and coming artists, Mickey Factz and Theophilus London as their tour DJs and in late 2009 to 2010 he was once again asked to tour with Kid Sister on her worldwide tour.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211