Sonny Moore aka Skrillex is a record producer, DJ, musician, singer & songwriter from Los Angeles who has won 8 Grammy Awards, been named MTV’s Electronic Dance Music Artist of the Year & holds the record for most Grammys won by an electronic artist. The creative giant began his career as a skateboarding teen who joined iconic post-hardcore band From First To Last in 2004 as lead singer, making two albums with the group before he left to embark on his solo career by age 19. In 2009 he began to distribute his own EP under the name Skrillex for free on Myspace. In 2010 the seminal Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP began the explosion of Skrillex into the scene on a worldwide level with Grammys & sold out venues following soon after.His collaborations include Justin Bieber, FKA Twigs, Kanye West, MIA, Ty Dolla $ign, Kid Cudi, Boys Noize, Camila Cabello, A$AP Rocky & countless others. Jack Ü, his project with Diplo, had their eponymous album reach #1 on the US Dance charts with the track “Where Are Ü Now” ft Justin Bieber going 4x platinum. Skrillex linked with Bieber again for the 8x platinum “Sorry”, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.His label, OWSLA, has launched the careers of some of the most powerful names in electronic music including Marshmello, Zedd, Porter Robinson & Mija. Skrillex changed music and has been hard at work with a body of music made in Los Angeles and Japan over the past 3 years that will continue to shift the landscape of music.
Through both time in the studio and time on the road, Jamie Roberts has dedicated the last decade to developing his alias, Blawan – and in the process, he’s created a universe within techno that’s all his own. Roberts grew up in Barnsley, UK and from an early age was etching out his musical path as a drummer – a relic of the past which should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his productions. Indeed, his discography as Blawan illuminates a natural fluency for rhythm, whether straight, stridently syncopated, or swinging somewhere in between. His other aliases, Kilner and Bored Young Adults, like his collaborations with Pariah as Karenn and with Surgeon as Trade, have provided additional bandwidth for experimentation. Having released across the board of rippling jet-black minimalism, jubilant two-step vocal cuts, and savant grooving techno, the labels Roberts has worked with are appropriately varied: Hessle Audio, R&S, Clone’s Basement Series, Hinge Finger, and Black Sun as Blawan, plus The Trilogy Tapes and Avian under his other solo names. Roberts’ own label, TERNESC, was established in 2015 and has served as the home for his last five releases as Blawan. Having made the move to Berlin in 2015, his analogue-driven studio production and formidable live sets have propelled Roberts into exciting new directions, even as he maintains expert command of more traditional dance floor environments from behind the decks. His latest offering, the full-length Wet Will Always Dry, dropped in June 2018. It’s a breakthrough moment in Roberts’ discipline of auditory alchemy, and a tour-de-force of ambitious, nuanced techno for fans following his ever-explorative career.