Are you looking to have some fun in San Diego during Labor Day Weekend? Well, circle September 6th on your calendar because Skrillex is coming to town, and he’s taking over San Diego. The international superstar will be playing two San Diego shows in one day. During the early evening, he will be headlining a show at the Quartyard. LED DJ Klatch, budding techno star Rezz, and OWSLA’s Mija are opening for Skrillex at the Quartyard. Once the sun goes down, Skrillex will head across downtown to play a nighttime set at Parq Nightclub.
Skrillex recently became a mainstay on the radio due to his hit song, “Where Are U Now,” as a part of his superduo Jack U with Diplo. Of course, Justin Bieber’s name recognition and flute-like vocals went a long way in popularizing the song. However, it’s Skrillex’s ear-rattling brand of dubstep—often referred to as American dubstep or brostep—that first propelled him to dance music stardom in 2010. His songs served as an introduction to electronic music for many of today’s most fervent dance music fans. He could have easily remained content as a dubstep superstar, but Skrillex’s passion for pushing the boundaries of dance music as OWSLA’s founder coupled with his undying desire to develop as a producer helped him transform into one of dance music’s most respected tastemakers.
Mija has been a clear beneficiary of Skrillex’s search for the most talented producers. Last year, she was tirelessly working to gain recognition in the Arizona club scene when she made the trek to play a set at Bonnaroo in Tennessee. However, she wasn’t scheduled to play at one of the festival’s massive stages. She was scheduled to play a small set in the Bonnaroo campsite at the Burning Man Art Car at 5:45am. When 5:45am came around, Skrillex randomly rolled up to the art car after finding out that Bonnaroo’s silent disco had already closed. Mija asked Skrillex if he wanted to go b2b, and he indulged her. Their set was uploaded to NEST HQ’s SoundCloud, and an EDM.com article about the situation went viral. Within hours of EDM.com’s article, Mija’s Facebook went from a few hundred followers to a few thousand. The viral article helped show off Mija’s transcendent talent, resulting in a meteoric rise to stardom for the Arizona native.
Skrillex’s open-mindedness about music is one of his most impressive qualities. For example, take a look at the musicians he booked to open for him during his Takeovers last year: A$AP Rocky, Seven Lions, Jack Beats, Alvin Risk, Louisahhh!!!, Craze, UZ, David Heartbreak, Etnik, Samo Sound Boy, GTA, Just Blaze, Lunice, Shift K3Y, AC Slater, Bro Safari, Clockwork, and TOKiMONSTA. That list includes trap, hip hop, techno, progressive house, dubstep, and more. Skrillex appreciates all types of music, which isn’t a very big surprise considering his transformation from the vocalist of a hardcore band into an electronic music star.
His love for all music is evidenced by the DJs opening up for him at The Quartyard. In addition to Mija, Rezz and Klatch will be spinning opening sets. Rezz has recently taken the blogosphere by storm with her grimy, industrial techno sound. She has been described as the “female Gesaffelstein.” That is a gross oversimplification, but it helps you gain an idea of her sound. Rezz will be a household name in techno circles by 2016.
Klatch used to be an LED DJ as one-half of Deth Hertz. He has fine-tuned his sound and developed into a talented producer of sultry deep house. His set will be the perfect way to kick off the show at The Quartyard as the sun still sits high above in San Diego’s blue sky.
You don’t want to miss out on Skrillex’s shows at The Quartyard and Parq. They are the perfect way to spend your Labor Day Weekend.
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