Watch Jack Ü go full rock band in their performance at the Grammys
As electronic music ventures further into the mainstream, producers have began to engage more frequently in television performances. Given the fact that much of the technicality of electronic performances factor into transitions between songs, the notion of a “live performance” from an EDM act can often seem a bit oxymoronic.
For the performance of their now Grammy-winning hit “Where Are Ü Now,” Skrillex, Diplo, and Justin Bieber aimed to proffer a version that was unquestionably unique from their original recording. To prelude the hotly-anticipated showcase, a leopard print-bespoken Justin Bieber showed off his instrumental ability with an acoustic rendition of “Love Yourself”.
Following this brief introduction yellow LEDs flushed the stage as a Bieber joined Skrillex, Diplo, and band consisting of a drummer, keyboardist and string trio. Declining to simply “press play” on a set of CDJs or amend their original song with a few subtle live edits through Ableton, the trio purveyed a total re-imagination of the song. Skrillex abandoned the decks for a Fender Telecaster. while Diplo vascillated between keyboards and a formidable bass-drum. In the body of the song normally filled with a vocal-free drop, Bieber mimicked the flute synthesis — a subtle reminder that Skrillex modulated his vocals to originally create the tropical sound. Jack Ü fully made the transition from DJ-duo to electronic rock band in this performance, and with a sophomore LP on the way, it will be interesting to note how far they evolve this transformation, if at all. Listen to the official Live Version of “Where Are Ü Now” below. Read More: Skrillex has won more Grammys than any other electronic artist Skrillex, Diplo, and Justin Bieber win Grammy for Best Dance recording Check out these photos of Jack Ü and Justin Bieber rehearsing for the Grammys