From The New York Times:
Once marginalized as a novel European import, electronic dance music, or E.D.M., has become the dominant trend in American pop these days. Its lively synthetic beats and booming bass lines are inescapable, and its top D.J.’s draw sold-out crowds to outdoor raves like Electric Daisy Carnival and even rock bastions like Lollapalooza and Coachella, earning them thousands, if not millions, of dollars for a single set.
Skrillex is part of a new breed of D.J., still sought out for festivals and raves, but also wanted by movie insiders to lend outsider edge to establishment projects.
Now several of its stars are turning their attention to what could become their biggest payday yet: Hollywood.
Skrillex, the dubstep D.J. who won three Grammys in February, and who Forbes magazine estimated earned $15 million last year, has composed an original score for the director Harmony Korine’s film “Spring Breakers,” a vacation romp that stars James Franco as a cornrowed drug dealer, which does not yet have a release date. Skrillex, 24, also recorded material for one scene of the Disney animated film “Wreck-It Ralph,” featuring John C. Reilly as the voice of a repentant video game villain, which is scheduled to be released on Nov. 2.
Similarly, Anthony Gonzalez, the mastermind of the gentler, more orchestral French electronic-pop band M83 and creator of its breakout 2011 album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming,” is working on the score for “Oblivion.” The film, the director Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi adventure starring Tom Cruise, is slated for release next year.
Another of electronic dance’s leaders, Kaskade, met with film producers during his summer headlining tour but has yet to finalize a deal. Without denying the potential financial rewards Kaskade (whose real name is Ryan Raddon) said part of his motivation for venturing into film scores is artistic credibility.
“For me it’s about longevity and doing something that’s new, different, challenging,” he said.
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