You know you’ve come to the right party if you dig dancing with a bunch of like-minded music freaks to Skrillex‘s bass-rattling dubstep. It doesn’t matter how you’re going to dance to his song, you’d be in a state of absolute bliss along with everyone else who shares the same passion in music as you.
But if you have been following Skrillex since his meteoric rise to fame, you would know how his work has changed over the past few years.
Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) was once the lead singer of a rock band named “From First To Last”. He would later become the “rock star” in the EDM scene, with dubstep being his signature music style.
At the age of 27, he has already won a total of 6 Grammy Awards for his unconventional music style. He also won MTV Video Music awards for the “Best Visual Effects” for his work on “First of the Year (Equinox)” and “Where Are U Now“, a song he collaborated with Diplo featuring Justin Bieber.
With his continued success in the EDM scene, the talented DJ kicked off his Asian tour recently, with the first stop being Singapore and the second stop in Japan. He made his Malaysian debut last Wednesday (23rd September) and the show saw over 2,500 fans gathering at KL Live, Life Centre.
Sharing the stage with Skrillex that night were local DJ H3 and Skrillex’s label mate, Amber “Mija” Giles. The show began at around 8:30pm with H3 (real name Harith Hisham Hashim) opening a bass-heavy set to the enthusiastic crowd.
Having played alongside international DJ acts like Dillon Francis and Caspa, H3 has a huge following in the local dubstep scene. Jumping between several different genres within a single set, he gave the crowd an unforgettable experience with his lively 90-minute set.
Next up was Mija, who instantly caught our attention with her bright blue hair. The LA-based female DJ/producer is one of the most talented upcoming artistes on OWSLA and Mad Decent. Her addition to Skrillex’s Asian tour heightened the young fans’ anticipation and this is evident as her set attracted a youthful crowd.
Officially the warm-up for Skrillex, she played a set featuring some of her most popular mixes. She received an overwhelming response from the crowd and at one point, they went wild when she played Diplo’s “Doctor Pepper“.
Clearly, the night was still young. Towards the end of her set, the roar from the enthusiastic crowd grew louder as Skrillex was about to take over the stage soon.
The crowd immediately broke out in rapturous applause when Skrillex finally took the stage at KL Live.
Bouncing back and forth between fast-paced songs and deafening dubstep beats, the DJ certainly did not disappoint as he managed to keep the crowd’s energy high at all times. The crowd went crazy for the bass madness as every track that he put out was louder and heavier than the previous.
The EDM extraordinaire even had fans singing and dancing along to some of his popular tracks such as “F*** That” and “Where Are U Now”.
Whenever he dropped the bass, he would jump on top of the DJ console to get fans jumping along to his songs. He also had fans waving their hands in the air and spinning around when he played a remix of Beyoncé‘s “7/11“.
It was truly a dream come true for those who’ve been wanting to watch Skrillex play in Malaysia. For a 90-minute set, the DJ never once took a break and displayed his incredible showmanship by giving us one of the most highly energetic shows we’ve seen this year.
The lighting rigs and visuals of the show are pretty impressive, with the screen behind him showing various video footages. A short portion of “Dongo” aka the “Indian Thriller” served as the background for his remix of “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” titled, “Scary Bolly Dub“.
Perhaps the most touching moment was when Skrillex played “Cinema” – he climbed onto the DJ booth once again and proudly waved the Jalur Gemilang aka Malaysian flag. The crowd sang along to the song and waved their lit-up phones, instantly turning the venue into a beautiful sea of lights. Mija chimed in, waving the Skrillex Recess flag on top of the DJ console as well.
Before officially ending their set, they took photos with their fans. Skrillex’s set was electrifying from start to finish as he effectively brought the house down with his music and a little dose of wildness.
Once again, we want to thank The Livescape Group for organising the “Skrillex Live in Kuala Lumpur” show and for the media invites. It was an entertaining night for all as the entire performance from the Grammy-winning DJ gave us a vivid experience.
We can’t wait for him to come back to KL for a bigger and better show ;)