Watch an interview with Skrillex, Porter Robinson, and Zedd from 2011
OWSLA celebrated its fifth birthday this past week. In the half-decade since Porter Robinson‘s now-canonized classic Spitfire EP was released on the newly-founded imprint, Skrillex has expanded his label from a small, homegrown operation into one of the most boundary-pushing artists collectives in in the world.
OWSLA started from humble beginnings — before Skrillex was helming motherships, or Zedd was recording dance/pop music’s biggest hits, or Porter Robinson was challenging electronic music’s status quo, the three producers were finely tuning their yet-to-be perfected crafts together on a tiny tour bus with a simple folding table and black backdrop instead of a huge stage rig.
An interview clip from 2011 catches three of electronic dance music’s biggest stars before a show in Scottsdale, Arizona, where they appear more like bashful teenagers than globetrotting music icons.
In these last five years, Skrillex’s stature may have changed considerably, but his mantra has not. In the clip he maintains that electronic music is a creative platform, not a genre — words that still genuinely resonate now as much as they did back then. He advises aspiring kids watching to be persistent and passionate. Perhaps most entertainingly though is the the overlaying naivety of the whole local news spot altogether. Neither of the daytime talk show hosts, Porter, Zedd, or even Skrillex knew what they were on the cusp of. Half a decade later, a quick look back shows just how far electronic music has come.