Skrillex, Alvin Risk, Koan Sound, Dan Sena
Better than... Seeing Skrillex at a festival
Skrillex's six night hometown tour began yesterday, when the local boy-done-good held court before a sold out crowd at Cinespace. It might have seemed like an unusual venue choice; he normally plays for thousands at festivals, while Cinespace is an intimate spot where you often catch DJs hanging out at the bar.
But the Hollywood venue -- home to Dim Mak's famed Tuesday night parties -- strongly influenced a young Sonny Moore back in the mid-'00s. As he noted last night, without the party and its founder Steve Aoki, there wouldn't be a Skrillex.
The crowd was definitely psyched for this homecoming. Skrillex played in the back room, aka Dim Mak Studios, and filled every possible crevice. Arms flailed at the DJ/producer's command and perspiration filled the air when he opened with "Breakn' a Sweat," the track he did with the surviving members of The Doors for the documentary Re:Generation.
Meanwhile, in the lounge, a handful of people danced in on a nearly empty floor as Skrillex's set was projected on the walls of the room. As with most of his gigs, he spliced together his own music with others' tracks. Typically, he likes to tease the crowd with snippets of his monster hit "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" long before he plays it. Indeed, last night he worked in some clips of the tune shortly after his 12:30 a.m. start time, but didn't actually drop it until just before 2.