Listen to Skrillex’s electrifying set at ACL Weekend 2
Austin City Limits‘ second weekend came and went, and while Eminem hosted a Saturday night headlining live set at the Samsung Galaxy stage, Skrillex was blasting a packed crowd of thousands at his own intergalactic affair across the venue from his infamous Mothership. Having recently benched the colossal touring centerpiece as he embarks on his third tour of the year, the globetrotting OWSLA-naut broke the sub-strapped star ship out for one more joyride.
With thrusters booting up to the tune of Jack U‘s infectious “Take U There” that has established itself as a reliable opener, Skrillex quickly hits full throttle with Bro Safari and Valentino Khan‘s pounding trap rework of M.I.A’s “Y.A.L.A.” From there, Los Angeles’ hometown hero keeps the set at hyper-speed for nearly an hour and a half. Wiring in tracks from Kendrick Lamar, tour mate Asap Ferg, to House of Pain and The Beastie Boys, Sonny delivers a mixed bag set stocked with crowd-pleasers in the undeniable show-stopping fashion he is known for. Working in all of his biggest hits, “Rock n’ Roll” is slashed in half by label mates Moody Good‘s thundering “Hotplate” dubstep/rap hybrid, while “Bangarang” features the quick addition of a Pharaohe Monch sample right before the bulldozing mid-tempo break. It was of Skrillex’s most impressive festival outings of the year.
The sets is also marked by a heaping dose of new material that OWSLA’s commander-in-chief crowd tests throughout the night. Blistering new dubstep by up-and-coming LA-based producer Trollphace comes in at around the 10 minute mark, while a rowdy ID remix of “Ragga Bomb” rushes through the speakers about 20 minutes in. Warping previously unheard edits around fan-favorite Skrillex jams, sprinkling in everything from Congorock to Daft Punk, Jackson 5 to What So Not, Skrillex proves again why he and his CDJ-armed spaceship are one of the most sought-after shows in dance music today. Locked in on his massive crowd of fans for the duration of the set, Skrillex played everything they wanted to hear, and even dropped a couple gems in that people didn’t know they wanted to hear too.
Multicolored laser flack slices through shrouds of smoke as bass kicks roll over the captivated crowd while Skrillex’s Mothship hoists up on its hydraulic lifts to deliver the one-two punch of the weekend. Exuding a remarkably energetic stage presence for the entirety of the performance, Skrillex appears to have just as much fun from the top of his LED-lined space ship as every fan who stood in front of it. Check the video above and catch the full set from start to finish. Don’t need the whole show, just looking for the music? Check the link below to hear the Saturday night session. Enjoy.