Skrillex on How Deadmau5’s “Asshole” Attitude Overshadows His Music
Following this weekend’s Mad Decent Block Party, Skrillex stopped by NYC’s 92.3 AMPRadio , where the unfailingly upbeat producer was called on to discuss his misanthropic early mentor and label boss deadmau5 .
Despite their personal and working history (deadmau5 took him on his first solo tour and released his second EP Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites back in 2010), the cantankerous Canadian has taken several recent shots at Skrillex for the “ jack u shit ” he’s been releasing with Diplo, saying the new single “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber “sucks,” and posting a parody of the song replacing the violin sample with a kazoo.
“I’ll always have love for Joel [deadmau5] because he put me on at an early time, but he’s an asshole,” Skrillex said, neither dissing nor mincing words. “Everyone knows that, and he knows that. And that’s kinda his thing.”
Skrillex went on to lament the fact that, while deadmau5 may be comfortable with his negative outlook, it is bound to effect those around him.
“The one thing that is unfortunate about it is that he has a record label. And when you have a record label, you gotta be a leader. And he has people that are like signed to him. And I couldn’t imagine being a leader, you know, going out in the public image being such a negative attitude,” Skrillex, who is known for his overwhelmingly positive outlook, explained.
“I don’t take it personally because I’m secure with myself and what I do, I love what I do. But I almost feel bad that that’s his one way of getting attention rather than going into music and curating. I think his attitude’s changed over the last couple years. I personally have become less connected to his music because his personality is almost overshadowing that, when he is such an incredible artist.”
Naturally, deadmau5 has responded to his former label recruit’s comments on Twitter – but he hasn’t gone on the offensive. Despite writing that he doesn’t “really give a fuck” about the character assessment, he cops to what Skrillex is saying. “I’m aware that I can be a fucking diva,” he wrote. “I am aware that I have more than one complex. Very fucking aware. At the end of the fucking day, if I’m ‘miserable / moody / negative’, then that’s just me dealing with or not dealing [with]internal shit.”[tweet https://twitter.com/deadmau5/status/631302631349051392] [tweet https://twitter.com/deadmau5/status/631302692900442112] [ads1] [ads2]