Posted in dance | music | tour dates on December 21, 2011

by Andrew Sacher

Skream & Benga
Skream

Dubstep originator Skream recently talked to UK mag the Quietus:

Quietus: A lot of people would say with the Skrillex stuff, that it's damaging to dubstep, it's perverting the sound.

Skream: But what are we gonna do, form a united front against Skrillex? Honestly, it's pathetic, I think, it's ridiculous. Either listen to it or don't listen to it. There's still nights playing the stuff those people want to hear. It's just bitchiness, it really is. You haven't got to like his music, you don't particularly have to like him, but there's no reason you can't like what he's done - he's smashed it. He's up for five Grammys. He must be doing something right, you know what I mean?

I think it hurts a lot of people over here because it's a UK sound, but it's been someone with influences outside the original sound that has made it a lot bigger. The bad side of that is that a lot of people will just say 'dubstep equals Skrillex'.

But in all honesty it genuinely doesn't bother me. I like the music he makes. People will fucking burn me for saying that [laughs]. There'll be effigies out in the fucking street! It just is what it is man, you've just got to keep yourself moving. The fact that dubstep, the word - you know I hate saying the word, I love what it is but I just hear it so much now. But even though it's so big now, that means that everybody else is earning a bit more money. Even if you're playing the deepest deepest sound, you're still earning that little bit more money because you're playing dubstep. Whether you want to admit it or not, you are.

Skream is a little more lenient with the Skrillex type stuff than James Blake who called it a "direct misrepresentation of the sound" and Rusko, who said, "brostep is sort of my fault but now I've started to hate it." Rusko told SPIN that his new album, due out in January, is "completely a reaction to the masculine, dance-floor orientated, distorted mess that is the current state of dubstep." Skream's collaborator Benga is also working on a new album that is "different to what's going on at the minute," but like Skream, he says, "I'm not bothered. I'm happy that a lot of people like the music." Skream does admit that the dubstep going on at the moment is a "fad" though, and wants to make sure that when it "dies out, he's still standing."

Skream probably still will be standing, but until that fad dies out he'll be embracing it in NYC on February 4 at Terminal 5 when he and Benga open for Skrillex, along with Koan Sound and FlyLo associate Tokimonsta . Tickets will probably sell right out Thursday (12/22) at noon. They're on AmEx presale now.

(Speaking of Tokimonsta, she recently remixed Eight and a Half, the new project of Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff and members of The Stills who play two NYC shows in February - both on sale this week.)

If the Terminal 5 show is exactly the kind of electronic show you don't want to be at (I wouldn't blame you), Tycho, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Beacon play the same day (2/4) at MHOW and tickets just went on sale.

Skrillex, who is also one of the many electro artists playing a cruise ship in January, also plays Roseland Ballroom on 2/3 (one day before Terminal 5) with Zane Lowe and Spank Rock who also recently toured with Ke$ha, Spank Rock has also opened for Bjork, and who toured with Big Freedia and friends this year too. From Iceland to Bushwick to mainstream pop to brostep, everyone loves Spank Rock. UPDATE: Skrillex plays Webster Hall while he's here too.

And speaking of James Blake, his new video for his cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" which stars Rebecca Hall is below.

Also best of luck to James Blake collaborator Bon Iver who is going up against Skrillex for "Best New Artist" in the Grammys (you know, because Bon Iver was a new artist this year), not that Justin Vernon will care if he loses anyway (as he shouldn't).

James Blake video and a ton of Rusko tour dates (including New Year's Eve in Chicago), below...

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James Blake -- "A Case of You"

Rusko Tour Dates
Fri 12/30/11 Congress Theater Chicago IL w/ Switch, Sinden
Sat 12/31/11 Congress Theater Chicago IL w/ Switch, Sinden
Wed 01/04/12 The Music Box Los Angeles CA
Fri 01/06/12 HOLY SHIP!
Sat 01/07/12 HOLY SHIP!
Sun 01/08/12 HOLY SHIP!
Thu 02/02/12 Valarium Knoxville TN
Fri 02/03/12 Cannery Ballroom Nashville TN
Sat 02/04/12 Minglewood Hall Memphis TN
Mon 02/06/12 The National Richmond VA
Tue 02/07/12 Showboat Atlantic City Atlantic City NJ
Wed 02/08/12 Club Zoo Pittsburgh PA
Thu 02/09/12 The Palladium Worcester MA
Fri 02/10/12 Mullins Center Amherst MA
Sat 02/11/12 Albany Armory Albany NY
Sun 02/12/12 Memorial Auditorium Burlington VT
Tue 02/14/12 Town Ballroom Buffalo NY
Wed 02/15/12 Stages Nightclub Kingston ON
Thu 02/16/12 London Music Hall London ON
Fri 02/17/12 Guelph Concert Theatre Guelph ON
Sat 02/18/12 The Bluestone Columbus OH
Mon 02/20/12 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland OH
Tue 02/21/12 The Madison Theater Covington KY
Wed 02/22/12 The Necto Ann Arbor MI
Fri 02/24/12 The Rave Milwaukee WI
Sat 02/25/12 Orpheum Theatre Madison Madison WI
Sun 02/26/12 Canopy Club Urbana IL
Mon 02/27/12 The Pageant St. Louis MO
Tue 02/28/12 Gillioz Theater Springfield MO
Wed 02/29/12 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS
Fri 03/02/12 The Snow Ball Music Experience Avon CO

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All Skrillex dates:
Los Angeles
Tuesday, January 24 @ Dim Mak Tuesday at Cinespace (Skrillex, Alvin Risk, KOAN Sound)
Wednesday, January 25 @ Echoplex (Skrillex vs. 12th Planet, Diplo, Check Yo Ponytail)
Thursday, January 26 @ Exchange (Skrillex, Zedd)
Friday, January 27 @ Avalon (Skrillex, Huoratron, KIll the Noise)
Saturday, January 28 @ The Palladium (Skrillex, AraabMUZIK, KOAN Sound, Munchi)
Sunday, January 29 @ L.A.Live Event Deck (Skrillex, Benga, Nadastrom, Special Guest New York
Tuesday, January 31 @ Webster Hall (Skillex, AC Slater)
Wednesday, February 1 @ Pacha (Skrillex, Zedd, Sazon Booya)
Friday, February 3 @ Roseland Ballroom (Skrillex, Zane Lowe, Spank Rock, Special Guest TBA)
Saturday, February 4 @ Terminal 5 (Skream & Benga, KOAN Sound, Tokimonsta)
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Comments (38)

Barf

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:07 PM

This better be the only time I see the name Skrillex on BV!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:09 PM

i heard james blake is releasing his next album of dad rock covers directly thru starbucks

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:12 PM

Didn't rusko start the whole brostep thing? Fuck em all. Fuck skrillex especially. Dude should go back to being a scene kid and cutting himself

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:14 PM

Dear BV:

Don't ever combine James Blake and Skrillex in the same post ever again. Please. That was painful.

Thanks,
Your Typical, Loyal Hummus-Eating Reader

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:20 PM

JAMES BLAKE SUCKS TOO. BROOKLYNVEGAN NEVER POST ABOUT ELECTRONIC MUSIC AGAIN, WHO IS THIS ANDREW SACHER HACK

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:36 PM

What does Skrillex have in common with, say, Burial. From what I've heard, Skrillex is all chopped up maximalism, and Burial is just ghostly.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:40 PM

lulz

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:42 PM

Who cares whether some artist like some other slightly unrelated other artist? Is it really that much of a revelation compared to, say, dinosaur fossils being found around this area?

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:43 PM

Which band is the Stones and which one is the Beatles?

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:45 PM

NOT everyone loves Spank Rock as a matter of fact very few love Spank Rock...have you seen the numbers of albums sold? Pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:45 PM

the fuck are u talking about dinosaurs for. maybe if they find some pokemon bones

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:46 PM

what is the max amount of tickets you can buy? occupy terminal 5. scalp every last ticket to these music "fans," and make money off of them as well.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:48 PM

"He's up for five Grammys. He must be doing something right, you know what I mean?"

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:48 PM

wow, that post is utter garbage, i don't even know where to begin. this is so fucking disjointed it isn't funny, it's like six degrees to kevin bacon or something. you just probably add him, actually, and insert his metadata tag to make this post seem even more wonderful.

that interview is absolute shit, too.

fucking fail!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 2:52 PM

Well, Nick DiPaolo DOESN'T like Skrillex so that automatically deems Skrillex as uncool.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 3:23 PM

honestly, have you HEARD skream? it's really not too far off from Skrillex and just as bad, so this post isnt really too surprising.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 3:34 PM

this is clown shit, as they say

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 3:50 PM

WOMP WOMP WOMP WOMP WOMP WOMP WOMP

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 4:05 PM

I heard that Frohawk confronted Rusko about brostep last fall. James Murphy almost had to intervene so it wouldn't get out of hand.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 4:23 PM

Dubstep is in 2011 what drum'n'bass was in the mid to late nineties.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 4:54 PM

Soon the genre of dubstep will join other graveyard genres like "2-step" and "speed garage"...
Just wait it out. This dubstep shit has about 6 months left before the entire thing is swept under the rug.
The only electronic genres with lasting power are, techno, house, and dnb.

Posted by The Music Sniffer! | December 21, 2011 4:59 PM

Is this stuff like acid jazz?

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 5:16 PM

yeah its all about witch house and seapunk, dubstep is sooo over and out

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 5:23 PM

dnb has been over for years

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 5:25 PM

^ dnb is better than its ever been, IMO.

Also - dnb has never reached the fad level that dubstep has. I agree with the previous poster about dubstep being like speed garage and 2-step..... its such a signature sound that eventually all the tunes sound the same.

BTW Fuck James Blake!! That shit sucks more than anything. B O R I N G.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 6:25 PM

I heard that James Blake, Rusko, and fucking James Murphy are trying to start a revolution. The revolution is against the music industry, the microverse thar celebtrates them, and bringing the funk to the whole world.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2011 9:02 PM

FACTS

1) I love skrillex. Haters gon' hate but he's the best at what he does.

2)SKRILLEX IS NOT DUBSTEP. SKRILLEX DOES NOT CLAIM TO BE DUBSTEP. The way I see it, it's basically glitch-house. With wubz.

3)WUBZ IS NOT DUBSTEP. Wubz are making it basically all electronic based music this year and all of a sudden the music is "dubstep influenced."

4)I love Skream. I love Benga. When I saw them play Terminal 5, it was basically a Flux Pavilion set. And if you don't know what that means, basically they sounded like they had trouble starting their car for 2 hours. Not that I dislike "brostep" (stupid word), but I was definitely hoping for a deeper set from the 2. Can't blame them I guess, just networking to a NY audience. And it was all 16 year olds. Who never heard of Skream. I asked one girl how she found out about it, "everyone from my high school is going." True Story. I think I made out with one of them.

5) Yea, the aggro dubstep is gonna fade pretty soon, you go to a dubstep DJ they basically rehash the same songs over and over again. (A couple of Nero songs, bass canon, bassnectar, etc.)

6) It's fuckin fun people. Lighten up. Music is meant to be enjoyed. Get laid.

\:/

Posted by Stephen Whitfield | December 22, 2011 12:36 AM

^this dude's got bullet points! bullet points!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 12:56 AM

Hey Steve, head to sleep. You have high school in the morning.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 12:57 AM

Drum and Bass has so much more power then dubstep.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 1:25 AM

As a fan of king tubby and the scientist, I hate that these hacks utilize the word "dub" in their shitty genre. It all sucks. I haven't heard a single dubstep song that even remotely interesting. Perhaps some burial stuff is ok, but it's also not that original. I have mo-wax records that were dine years prior and sound light years better.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 2:15 AM

12:36, right on. I got your back!

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 10:27 AM

dub step is drum'n'bass for generation Y

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 1:07 PM

of course roseland/terminal 5 are sold out but webster hall is still onsale. rtards

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 1:28 PM

stephen whitfield,

bragging about making out with 16 year olds is pretty much as "brostep" as you can get.

YOU get laid

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 5:35 PM

of course roseland/terminal 5 are sold out but webster hall is still onsale. rtards

Posted by Dora | November 2, 2012 10:51 AM

james blake rules

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 1:31 PM

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