It’s 4:30 in the morning in Washington D.C. and dank pools of sweat are collecting on the dance floor beneath a dripping basement ceiling. I can see Sonny Moore’s heart beating through his shirt. The 24-year-old DJ, whose producing alias, Skrillex, is a major keyword for the new wave of American dance music, just wrapped up an intimate surprise show at U Street Music Hall (my local gateway to electronic music and a place where I also DJ from time to time). He takes a sip of whiskey, still buzzing from the electric mass of fans that has just filed out, turns to me and asks, “So, what’s everyone listening to nowadays?”
It’s a funny question coming from Moore. The short answer I could give is, “Well, YOU Sonny.”
Now that EDM is in the spotlight, those who are on top are figuring out how to stay there and DJs and producers waiting in the wings are looking to capitalize on some of its glow.
Standing next to Sonny Moore, the young superstar DJ trolling for sounds in a muggy post party mist, I interpreted his question not as, “What’s hot right now?” but as, “What’s next?”
Continue reading the rest of the story on NPR