Watch Skrillex give a DJ lesson in Jay Z’s ‘Made In America’ movie
This week, Jay Z’s Made In America documentary – which goes behind the scenes on the 2012 edition of his festival of the same name – arrives on DVD and On-Demand.
To promote the release, Rolling Stone has offered up a clip from the film that focuses on one of the biggest names on the line-up that year, Skrillex. In the video, we see the bass ambassador in a backstage tent, schooling the documentary’s director Ron Howard on the basics of DJing. “A song [in a DJ set] is like one guitar string,” the OWSLA boss explains. “It’s how you play the strings together; that’s what makes a DJ set.” We then see some frenetic scenes of Skrillex igniting the Made In America crowd from atop his custom-made space ship.
Jay-Z, who curates the festival line-up, then weighs in on the power of dance music. “EDM music, people are dismissing as a fad, sort of like they did hip-hop,” he says. “I think it’s gonna be a bit more sticky. I think it’s the music of the next generation. They’ll buy other music, but it’s like, ‘OK, this music is ours.’”
Jay-Z’s belief in dance music is apparent on the 2014 Made In America line-up, which hits Los Angeles and Philadelphia on the last weekend of August. Beginning with main stage pros Tiësto and Steve Aoki at the top alongside John Mayer and Kanye West, the list also includes Chromeo, Baauer, Tommy Trash, Girl Talk, Gareth Emery and more. Check out the documentary clip below.