Sonny Moore is probably the nicest DJ in the game, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a scary guy who is also the nicest DJ in the game at times. Take his remix of GTA’s “Red Lips,” for instance; the Miami trap duo’s original version is pretty dark on its own, but Skrillex’s take on the song is downright frightening, at least by Sonny Moore standards.
Let’s take a look at the music video. It premiered last week via Apple Music, and it was directed by known weirdo Grant Singer, a.k.a the guy who directed music videos for The Weeknd’s “The Hills” and Ariel Pink’s “Dayzed Inn Daydreams.”
Pro-tip: turn the lights on – it’s pretty spooky. Pr0-tip #2: You have to have Apple Music to watch this video. I know, I know. But just download it. You’ll be catapulted into the modern age. We’ll swap it out with a YouTube or Vimeo vid as soon as it comes out.
I mean, I guess that was pretty creepy. Those creatures in the second act definitely had some horrendously bent arms, so I’m sure that part will ruffle a few feathers – but it isn’t anything we haven’t seen before from Singer, or even Skrillex.
What I’m wondering: what is Skrillex trying to convey here? The video’s not bad, and Grant Singer is a talented dude, but it just seems out of character. I get that the video is supposed to contain types of psychological horror, but what connections are you drawing between the music and the clip; that dubstep is terrifying? Because we already knew that. Believe me, man, the sounds of wobbly, oscillating bass haunt me in my sleep. There have been many nights that I’ve woken, startled and covered in a cold sweat, only to wake my girlfriend before saying, “Babe, I had a dream that all of the good music in the world disappeared. All that was left were shitty dubstep remixes of everything.”
Hopefully, we won’t have to worry about seeing “Composer … Skrillex” on any big budget film credits anytime soon. Although to be fair, he already did that once … but that was for Spring Breakers. And we all remember how mediocre that was.
Long story short: Skrillex’s aesthetic feels more like punk-ass Build-a-Bear than disturbing thought-provoker, so we’re just going to continue to cuddle Pomeranians and puff-glue jewels to our nails why we listen to him. Still love you though, Sonny. Always have, always will.