Jason Nocito Skrillex's music has much more cultural influence than his hair.
It's easy to hate on Skrillex or even just razz the dude. Probably since the erstwhile screamo frontman, once known as Sonny Moore, is sui generis and a polarizing figure in electronic dance music who provides critics with plenty of ammunition. For starters, there's that funky hairstyle (a.k.a. the "Skrillet") and "fuck you" attitude, his largely teenage fanbase, bro-tastic friendship with Deadmau5, and, of course, the demented brand of bass-heavy and fidgety EDM that propelled him to superstardom and, depending on who's doing the dissing, ruined dubstep forever.
Many have sampled the haterade when it comes to Skrillex (like the Burning Man attendees who may or may not have booed him and Diplo after their duo Jack U ended a set with "Turn Down for What," just for the lulz) but would probably agree that when it comes to his overwhelming success, the 26-year-old is unassailable. Like it or not, Skrillex and his style of EDM helped light the fuse on electronic music's resurgence in 2011, gave it a massive paradigm shift, won several Grammys, fostered the careers of producers like Seven Lions and Jack Beats (via Skrillex's popular vanity label, OWSLA), and has made more money in a single year than you'll see in six lifetimes.More »