15 Things to know ahead of the Skrillex tour to South Africa.
The Skrillex Tour to South Africa has got fans in a tizz for what is expected to be sold out shows across South Africa.
Skrillex, real name Sonny Moore will be in South Africa for the very first time this week-end. Unless you’ve been furiously ignoring mainstream electronic music, you’ll know that Los Angeles based Sonny has been dominating the global commercial scene known to the world as Dubstep. For his offerings he has accumulated millions of fans the world over. His South African fans get to revel in his glitch and bass-y glory in a few short days. See tour dates and details below.
1. Skrillex was enrolled into a private academy school specializing in arts when he was twelve. After just two years he suffered from severe bullying that resulted in him being home schooled at the age of fourteen.
2. If that wasn’t tough enough, he discovered he was adopted at sixteen.
3. The first albums he ever bought were Marilyn Manson’s ‘Antichrist Superstar’ and Nine Inch Nails ’Broken’ the EP.
4. In 2004, he contacted Matt Good of ‘From First to Last’ about playing guitar for the band on their debut album. After they heard him sing they made him the lead singer.
5. After he left ‘From First to Last’ to pursue a solo career, he launched a Myspace page with three demos “Signal”, “Equinox”, and “Glow Worm”.
6. The first time he performed live on his own he played with a harpist.
7. He only started performing under the alias Skrillex in 2008 at clubs in Los Angeles. Before that he had gained a reputation on the internet as Twipz, his other alias.
8. Skrillex is undeniably multi-talented and is experienced in many different genres such as Dub Step, Drum & Bass, and Electro-House. On 7th June 2010 he released an EP titled “My Name Is Skrillex”.
9. After My Name is Skrillex EP was released for free as a download as a little gift to his fans, he released the Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP later on in 2010 and More Monsters and Sprites EP in 2011.
10. He established his own label, OWSLA in August 2011.
11. His biggest influence came about when he was just twelve when he discovered Warp records.
12. Despite his Dubstep label, Sonny considers his stuff a combo of dubstep, electro-house, and fidget.
13. His half shaven head is famous all on its own. ‘Girl, You Got Skrillex Hair’ is a track especially made by band, Electric Valentine in honour of it.
14. He’s been a fan of Korn since he was nine and got to produce a few tracks on their Dubstep influenced album ‘Path Of Totality’.
15. He is best friends with none other than dark eye pencil wearing front man of ‘30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto.
Who’s excited now for the Skrillex Tour?
Skrillex Tour South Africa Dates
1 March – The Ostrich Farm, Cape Town
2 March – H2O Johannesburg
3 March – Wave House, Durban
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