The last time electro-pop extraordinaire Ellie Goulding was at Hangout Fest she was just a guest of then-beau Skrillex on one of the small stages. A year and a couple of RIAA gold and platinum-certified selling singles under her belt later, the British bombshell was rocking the three-day event’s largest venue Sunday.
Every artist has a different pre-show ritual. While some opt for a quiet night in and gallons of coconut water to look red carpet ready, Skrillex isn’t afraid to mix business with pleasure. The annual Clive Davis party is the place to be come Grammy weekend, but Mr. Moore just revealed he skipped out early Saturday night to catch ex-girlfriend Ellie Goulding‘s L.A. show. Say what?
When electro-producer Skrillex and ascendent pop star Ellie Goulding split, most of all what wanted to know was: will we still get to hear any of those bed-room style collaborations they’ve been teasing? Goulding has insisted in interview after interview that “we’re still big fans of each other, and nothing changes that,” and we got a taste of what the two could do together with “Bittersweet,” their dreamy contribution to the Breaking Dawn — Part 2 soundtrack. And last night the visual for “Summit,” the song that supposedly first brought the two together for the first time, arrived.
The video is comprised mostly of his exceedingly attractive friends (none of whom seem to have Skrillex-ed their hair) running around barefoot at night, playing with black-lights, eating glow-in-the-dark cotton candy and just generally goofing off. Skrillex makes a few brief appearances — hanging at a bonfire; dj-ing, duh – but Goulding doesn’t show. We can’t help but wonder when Ellie sings sort of mournfully about how “If you can hear my now, why don’t you recall / I was the one who cared after all,” if it might really mean something now.
Now, as for the rest of those collaborative tracks, guys…
It’s a sad love story in Ellie Goulding‘s “Anything Could Happen.” Something tragic has left a pink haired Ellie on a rocky beach searching to piece back the broken fragments of whatever has happened to her. Filled with sadness, a teary eyed Ellie sings, “After the war we said we’d fight together.” When her lover appears he’s bloody and bruised, which leads to Ellie’s own nose bleed. As she looks over her deceased lover she reflects back to the accident. The car crash has left both of them injured, but more than the physical injuries the collision is a metaphor for their dying love. Read more…
This is some interesting news: Skrillex is collaborating with Kanye West on West’s new album. Or so says Skrillex in this new interview with the Daily Beast. “I did some music with Kanye, from what I know, it’s actually going to be the first song on his new album,” said the dubstep king. He didn’t say much more, but the aside was enough to drum up excitement about the internet. West hasn’t really spoken on this next album yet, but his long time producer and collaborator No I.D. says that it’s happening and that it’s “everything you don’t expect.” And so, assuming that 1. there really is an album happening, and 2. that it’s far enough along that West already thinking about a first single or thinking about sequencing, this collaboration could totally happen.
A year ago, back when Skrillex was but a thing for the young people and the radio still played songs that weren’t heavy with drops, we might have been scratching our heads at this. But the times have changed. It’s 2012 and we are now living in a dubbed out, womp-womp sort of world. And always the pioneer, West has already made himself at home here. 2007′s “Stronger” featured a Daft Punk sample, and Watch The Throne was rife with dub-flavor between that massive drop at the end of “N****s In Paris” and the admittedly dubstep-inspired “Who Gon’ Stop Me.” Not to mention, West’s been a Skrill fan since his YEEZYWORLDPEACE days, when he called “Cinema (Remix)” “one of the greatest works of art ever made.” ‘Ye usually gets what he wants, and we feel confident that should this happen, he’ll totally make it work.