3. He makes you feel old
Perhaps Skrillex's most powerful role has been as the official Generational/Cultural Dividing Line. When his name crops up in conversation amongst, say, over-25s, it's usually someone noting how creaky and out-of-it he or she feel upon hearing his music. That effect is magnified by ten when you talk about over 35s: For them, he's the bridge too far, the line they can't cross, the signal they can't unscramble, a noisy signifier that their youth is lost forever and death is afoot. Even in the supposedly cutting-edge indie world, Skrillex elicits an immediate sweating of palms. Pitchfork first mentioned him in a 2012 live review, with writer Carrie Battan framing her experience thusly: "What I did to feel young again after Skrillex fans made me look like a crotchety old woman." Answer: "Secretly passed off my wristband (not allowed!) to a kid who hadn't been able to get into the showcase."