Last week, Skrillex furnished an exciting collaboration during his set at Fuji Rock 2018 in Japan. During his encore, Your EDM reports, the electronic artist brought out X Japan member Yoshiki to play piano on the group’s 1989 hit “Endless Rain,” while Skrillex played guitar.
During the performance, Yoshiki moved from piano to drums and the duo played “Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites,” which Skrillex released on his 2010 EP by the same name. The climactic encore, with its controlled and nuanced intensity, gave fans a rousing conclusion to the electronic artist’s set.
Skrillex was raised in California and has previously released six EPs including My Name is Skrillex (2010), Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (2010), More Monsters and Sprites (2011), Bangarang (2011), Make It Bun Dem After Hours (2012) and Leaving as well as the LP Recess, released in 2014.
The artist made headlines in 2011 when 2 laptops were stolen from his Milan hotel room. The theft left Skrillex without backed up project files and his new album. During a recent interview with DJ Mag, Diplo spoke about how Skrillex has influenced EDM, saying, “As an artist, he’s so far. For me he’s probably the best out of all the DJ artists. He’s gone as far as anybody, had the most cultural impact [out of] anybody…He changed the face of LA in a way…he did so much for the city in my world”.
Yoshiki formed the pioneering Japanese metal band X Japan in Chiba in 1982. In 2016, the documentary We Are X, about the band and Yoshiki, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The film was directed by Stephen Kijak and traces the group’s history as well as their cultural influence and legacy.
Skrillex is currently on tour with upcoming dates in Australia including Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Yoshiki is also on tour with dates scheduled this coming fall in Tokyo and Chiba.
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