2017 was not the most prolific year for Skrillex as a performing DJ. Parking his famous spaceship for a while, he’s cherry-picked special live moments rather than play the consummate touring headline monster he’s been in recent times.
Highlights include a legendary Dog Blood reboot with Boys Noize at HARD Summer, a get-together with his old emo band From First To Last, an appearance at the ACLU fundraiser, and key festivals such as Burning Man and experimental gathering Form Acrosanti.
While he hasn’t been quite so ubiquitous on the line-ups, he’s more than made up for it with productions. This year has been a bass bonanza for Skrilly fans as he’s continually dropped collaborations, remixes and originals of all shapes and forms.
From the jacking bass-house blunderbuss ‘Chicken Soup’ with Habstrakt to a reunion with his ‘Make It Bun Dem’ sparring partner Damian Marley on Ty Dolla $ign’s ‘So Am I’ via the delicate pop haze of ‘Would You Ever’ and the gully Jersey club bangs of ‘Saint Laurent’ with DJ Sliink and Wale, there’s been a new Skrillex production almost every fortnight since the summer.
Each production defying expectations of what his sound is, and where he’s going, he’s operated with a cool unpredictable air throughout the year.