Skrillex may not be a CEO in title, but he’s chiefly important to modern music.
Skrillex has earned his fair share of accolades for his contributions to EDM over the past decade and a half. His virtually unmatched career arc has landed him in a lot of unexpected places — like the GRAMMY Awards, Berghain, and now Steven Bartlett‘s The Diary of a CEO podcast.
No air date has been announced for the episode; Bartlett has merely hinted at it in social media posts. “OKAY IT’S HAPPENING,” he wrote on Linked.in. “My brother Skrillex stopped by my place this weekend and gave me the best six-hour DJ lesson ever. Y’all are coming to my first show right?”
While Bartlett typically brings on finance and lifestyle guests, Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) won’t be the first famous musician to appear on his podcast. On Sunday, for instance, he and Busta Rhymes discussed the rapper’s rough upbringing, music career, and success in business.
And while the quirky Moore may not carry himself like a mogul, he certainly knows a thing or two about the latter topic. Having first risen to fame as the vocalist of post-hardcore band From First To Last, his foray into EDM picked up major steam when he released the My Name Is Skrillex EP in 2010. He immediate followed it up with the E, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites on deadmau5‘ mau5trap imprint. His obscure yet accessible sound landed him five GRAMMY nominations, three of which he won.
Over a decade later, Moore proved himself just as capable of straddling the line separating the mainstream from the underground. Last year, he released two albums titled Quest For Fire and Don’t Get Too Close back to back. The first included collaborations with artists like Fred Again.. and Four Tet along with songs that cannot be simply categorized. The latter was arguably the cash cow of the two, boasting big-name features like Trippie Red, Kid Cudi, and Moore’s former collaborator Justin Bieber.
Suffice it to say, Skrillex makes perfect sense as a guest on Steve Bartlett’s The Diary of a CEO podcast. We just hope one of them actually put on headphones at some point during that six-hour DJ lesson.