7. He let metalheads into the party
With his hardcore roots and screamo ambition still fresh, a young Skrillex toured with hair-metal method actor, enthusiastic penis-person, and aspiring DJ Tommy Lee, throwing debauched dance parties in sold-out rock venues. As an avowed Korn fan, he assisted the band on their dubby The Path of Totality album. After Lars Ulrich saw a Skrillex show, Metallica introduced an EDM stage at their Orion festival. Skrillex metal mash-ups vs. Slipknot, Disturbed, and other metal acts are now commonplace. Though Bassnectar made the literal transition from metalhead to dubstepper, Skrillex has been the primary trigger setting off the metal/EDM crossover.