If Skrillex isn’t playing a tiny venue at London’s Shacklewell Arms, then he’s dating Ellie Goulding and including her in his soundtrack for Harmony Korine’s recent film Springbreakers. As both emblems of the rise of the underground, the sinking of the mainstream and the atomisation of everything, it’s interesting that the Superstar DJ would work on an album with the freaky Texan artist, Riff Raff, who bares a remarkable resemblance to the rapping gangster, Alien, played by James Franco in Korine’s film.
Like life imitating fiction and vice versa, things go pretty meta when you consider James Franco’s “performance art” piece, playing a character called ‘Franco’ in General Hospital in 2009 (because he’s an artist, don’t you know). And that’s not mentioning the fact that RiFF RaFF performed with ginger teen rapper Kitty Pryde on ‘Orion’s Belt’ the latter of whom also has a song ‘$krillionaire (feat Travie McCoy)’ where she says “why you fuckin’ wanna undercut me like I’m Skrillex hair” and a tumblr that features an avatar of the mega dubstep producer for a cursor. Are we reading too much into this? Probably but that’s the internet for you. **