Skrillex Debuts Free Music Label with AC Slater EP
By Scott T. Sterling
Skrillex is looking more and more like the busiest man in EDM.
After the surprise release of his debut album Recess earlier this year and debuting his new super-group Jack U with Diplo at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, the man born Sonny Moore has launched a new label, Nest HQ, that will offer all of its releases for free.
“The concept of Nest HQ is simple really,” the label’s manifesto reads. “It is a transparent vantage point into this culture that we all share and have created together… It isn’t just a Skrillex-centric or OWSLA-centric site either. We really want to show and SHARE the passions we have for stuff that we like and that just makes us feel good. And that’s what life is about.”
“Back to the Floor is just a statement of where my head is at musically,” Slater said regarding the release. “Taking the focus from the superstar DJ concert back to the clubs. The whole ‘put your hands up’ and sh– is cool, but it’s kinda played out for me personally. I want to focus more on the music and how it makes the individual feel.”
Skrillex and Diplo will be taking Jack U on the road this summer, with the duo scheduled to perform at select dates on this year’s Mad Decent Block Party tour, which will also feature such marquee acts as Outkast and Sleigh Bells. Jack U is currently only announced for the tour’s Dallas, Texas, date on Aug. 31.
Skrillex’s Recess hit No. 1 on the U.S. Dance Albums chart upon its release, with 48,000 first-week copies in the States.