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Skrillex stays prolific as a producer and Vegas resident DJ

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Sonny Moore returns to XS this month.
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From his stint as the singer of Tampa band From First to Last to an appearance alongside the Joker in the video for a Suicide Squad soundtrack collab with Rick Ross, Sonny Moore has taken some wild career turns.

Better known as EDM wunderkind Skrillex, the LA native has won eight Grammy awards—most by any electronic dance music artist—including Best Dance Recording for “Where Are Ü Now,” the 2015 smash hit produced with Jack Ü cohort Diplo, featuring Justin Bieber. Skrillex also co-produced four of the Biebs’ other tracks on 2015 album Purpose, including Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Sorry.”

That’s not all Skrillex has been up to lately. This year, he played Coachella, opened Guns N’ Roses’ Houston reunion show and dropped the short film Still in the Cage with Dutch DJ Wiwek.

“I never want to make music that everyone understands,” Skrillex told Billboard in June as he was collaborating with another pop titan, Bruno Mars. “Every time I get in the studio with somebody else and collaborate, that’s when I always have revelations and learn about stuff.”

If you missed Skrillex’s last set of the summer at Encore Beach Club last month, the DJ returns to Vegas this month for his XS residency. Skrillex knows how to get the party going.

And for those who think DJs just press play, Skrillex has some words. “I kind of like the misconceptions,” he told Billboard. “It makes me feel younger when people still think that you press one button and a whole song happens.” Skrillex at XS, October 8, 22 & 29.

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