Skrillex loves it when folks cover his songs, which is good because there are a billion of them. When we met with the twenty-three-year-old producer in San Diego recently to interview him for this week's cover story -- out today -- he noted that he was particularly impressed with fan-made YouTube versions of his hit "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites."
"The best shit is when you get kids who cover my songs orchestrally," he says.
But employing a symphony is only one way to do "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" justice. Here are our top five favorite cover renditions.
5. The ukulele version
Somewhere in California musician Steve Ambarian -- who also records EDM tracks under the name King Kuula -- turned Skrillex's four minute and three seconds dance floor track into a one minute and twenty-five second ukulele cover. He takes out the dubstep elements of the track, the Cup Stacking Girl sample and distills the song to its basic melody. This short and sweet rendition is charming because it sounds like something playing at a college dorm.
4. The 8-bit version
Two months ago, an artist named 5ug4rfr33 from Kansas City uploaded this 8-bit -- or, chiptune -- version of song. Somehow, it only has 2,000 views! When dubstep travels through the magical world of a Nintendo Entertainment System, it comes out sounding like Mario has gone on some beautifully-mad jumping and kicking spree.