By Zachary Swickey
We won’t have to wait long to hear a collaboration between Skrillex and his lovely lady, British songbird Ellie Goulding, as the two recently hit up the studio with members of Swedish House Mafia (who have a big upcoming weekend ahead of them at California’s Coachella Music Festival).
SHM member Sebastian Ingrosso discussed the collab with Billboard, saying, “We made a demo and it was amazing. We had a blast. Ellie is a great artist … her voice is amazing. Skillex, enough said, he is Skrillex.”
The musician even admitted that he and bandmate Steve Angello were quite “scared” before the songwriting session went down, but that went away quickly. “Ellie and Skrillex came in 30 minutes late, and we had already started with a melody. Skrillex freaked out, he loved it, and after a few hours we wrote the song,” Ingrosso explained.
Apparently, the session was arranged by Interscope A&R Dave Rene, who has become an unofficial matchmaker in the EDM community. Rene was key in fulfilling Ingrosso’s request to have OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder add some vocals to Swedish House Mafia’s tune “Calling.”
“Dave is the face of putting people together with love and seeing what happens. I think he’s the most loved guy in EDM,” Ingrosso gushed.
Of course, Ingrosso was also pretty thrilled about Skrillex. “Skrillex is one of the best guys out there, so down to earth,” he said of his collaborator. “He’s exactly what that side of EDM needs. He’s got so much love in him, he will always take care of his friends, and he loves every single kind of music. I think he’s a genius.”
The collaboration is in the bag, but Ingrosso isn’t too positive on where the song will end up, saying, “I think it’s going to be for [Ellie's] album, but in this business you don’t know until you see it on iTunes.”