It strange when a whole festival season comes and goes without much mention of Skrillex. Amid what appears to be a relaxing, productive year off, which many believe Skrillex may be using to write a sophomore album, performances have been few and far between, and festival appearances have become a coveted rarity. FORM Arcosanti‘s billing this year included its annual set from the OWSLA boss, but the only other lineup to bear a Skrillex booking so far this year is Japan’s Fuji Rock, next to acts including Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D., Bob Dylan, and MGMT. Taking on Saturday’s sundown slot, Skrillex decidedly crushes his only major festival outing of the year, giving Japan one of his best performances in recent memory.
Creatively, Skrillex has always kept close ties to Eastern culture, and for his most recent visit, the “Would You Ever” producer connected with Japanese metal band X Japan’s drummer Yoshiki for the final minutes of his Fuji Rock performance. The pair play a live medley of both of their hits, with Yoshiki on paino and eventually drums and Skrillex on the guitar.