“Rock N’ Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)”
If this song had been released as a single by Daft Punk, it would’ve ended up at the top of most every critic poll in existence. You know it’s true. So just give in, because this is awesome.
Co. Fucking. Sign.
I want to disregard Skrillex. I really do. Problem is, he’s capable of making some really solid music and looks disarmingly like Corey Feldman.
This is at least a bottle of wine and going in but sometimes I wonder if Skrillex and dubstep are a few things. One of them is my moment of being an old and hearing something and dismissing it out of hand because it’s something that, generationally, this is something that either I don’t have all the reference points for, or just don’t connect with the reference points in the same way as “the kids” or whatever today do. It all just sounds like goofy noise to me.
But that brings the point of what the appeal of the music is, and I was thinking on this the other day, my other exposure being through, uhh, Beavis & Butthead. I wonder if the much parodied “Wub wub wub” of dubstep is in some ways people younger than me trying to make a connection to music that isn’t as much rooted so forcefully in the past. Not that it doesn’t sound like a stripped down Daft Punk, as kind of pointed to above. And this is maybe part of a (poor) reading of Retromania. But at any rate, maybe it’s that dubstep is making a more widespread cultural impact in America than before, where it was a largely British phenomenon, like a lot of electronic music outside a few big artists. And it could be because it’s taking a form unfamiliar to mass audiences and Americanizing it. Without a just-above-ground culture to grasp onto, here he can position himself as something of a phenom. Especially by putting a face on things, which I think is important to our audience. Daft Punk, despite their ubiquity, will still remain a cult for the die-hards, because otherwise they’ll just be identified as “that song.” But here, we have a face to that odd electronic music.
Again, these are sort of half formed, but I’ve only recently become at all aware of Skrillex beyond like, Tumblr-user heronqueenblues making Skrillex jokes.
TL;DR: John doesn’t know whether or not he likes dubstep because he is as old as Billy Graham.