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Keagan Ilvonen 08/03/12 08:40 AM

So Leaving From First To Last Was a Smart Choice
 
According to Forbes magazine, Skrillex made 15 million dollars over the past year.

Submitted by mr_raccoon

BlinkAvAfan21 08/03/12 08:41 AM

holy shit

theskycouldfly 08/03/12 08:42 AM

30% to taxes.. prolly another 25% to recoup/mgt/label..

Cody Nelson 08/03/12 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by theskycouldfly (Post 111386222)
30% to taxes.. prolly another 25% to recoup/mgt/label..

So he only walks away with 7.5 million. Shitty.

StephenYoung 08/03/12 08:43 AM

What's more shocking to me is that someone, at one time gave From First to Last a $3.5 million dollar deal.

Anthony Sorendino 08/03/12 08:44 AM

Insane. Good for him though. I was a big fan of his solo work.

Keagan Ilvonen 08/03/12 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Cody Nelson (Post 111386252)
So he only walks away with 7.5 million. Shitty.

Plus his own label that he puts out other music on. But that's probably chump change to what he makes on his own.

zachff 08/03/12 08:47 AM

Wow.


whiterussian 08/03/12 08:47 AM

I want to make fun of him, but I'm not entirely sure how the "we all press play" thing applies to him.
And even if it does, it's not like it's his fault that's what people want.

3GunGaz 08/03/12 08:48 AM

It makes me laugh how many people shit talk him

- Arguably at the top of his genre, regardless of whether you like it
- Most people who know / knew the guy say he is one of the nicest people (see ETID and others)
- With his record label, he seems to want to help other acts out

Good for him. I'm not ashamed to say I like his music... Nothing groundbreaking and I'm sure it won't have longevity... but for now, I like it.

Keagan Ilvonen 08/03/12 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by 3GunGaz (Post 111386472)
It makes me laugh how many people shit talk him

- Arguably at the top of his genre, regardless of whether you like it
- Most people who know / knew the guy say he is one of the nicest people (see ETID and others)
- With his record label, he seems to want to help other acts out

Good for him. I'm not ashamed to say I like his music... Nothing groundbreaking and I'm sure it won't have longevity... but for now, I like it.

Also busts his ass. He played 150 shows last year. You figure in travel time and that means he was basically touring for the whole year.

zachff 08/03/12 08:52 AM

Also, the best part of the article by far was learning that Skrillex participates in Bros Icing Bros. Awesome.

Dustin Harkins 08/03/12 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Cody Nelson (Post 111386252)
So he only walks away with 7.5 million. Shitty.

:lol:

mikeisonfire 08/03/12 08:52 AM

What I'm sure the rest of the struggling members of From First To Last are thinking...



ThisIsNotDan 08/03/12 08:53 AM

honestly if someone told me in like my freshman year of high school that the FFTL dude would become an international superstar in electronic music, I would have laughed pretty hard.

anyways, not really my thing, but good for him

zachff 08/03/12 08:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Keagan Ilvonen (Post 111386562)
Also busts his ass. He played 150 shows last year. You figure in travel time and that means he was basically touring for the whole year.

A quick setlist.fm search has Skrillex as #1 in most shows of 2011.

Obviously this doesn't include really small acts or other DJs who don't necessarily have "sets" but still.


circletheworld 08/03/12 08:55 AM

wow.. thats cool for him.

Phil507 08/03/12 08:55 AM

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Originally Posted by StephenYoung (Post 111386292)
What's more shocking to me is that someone, at one time gave From First to Last a $3.5 million dollar deal.

That is really shocking.

bladerdude360 08/03/12 08:58 AM

Jeeeeeeez.

Yontsey 08/03/12 08:58 AM

I think his style of music is complete garbage but I respect his hard work and dedication and a congratulations is well deserved to him.

blimpcityhero11 08/03/12 09:00 AM


SmeezyBeezy 08/03/12 09:00 AM

He should give some of that money to FFTL

mikeisonfire 08/03/12 09:01 AM

I gotta give it him though. I've followed his music career for a very long time - about eight years now. And he truly did work hard at every single thing he did. He's a sincere young man who has yet to let fame get the best of him. He doesn't sell the rights to his music to any product who comes knocking and he really does seem to do it just for the fun.
Whether or not people enjoy his hybrid brand of dub-step, you've got to admit that he really did earn every penny of his success.
Congrats, Sonny.

PS. Throw FFTL a couple of bones. I really want another album from them :P

whoaisame 08/03/12 09:03 AM

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Originally Posted by SmeezyBeezy (Post 111387062)
He should give some of that money to FFTL

why?! He earned it, not them.

Jacob Tender 08/03/12 09:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Keagan Ilvonen (Post 111386562)
Also busts his ass. He played 150 shows last year. You figure in travel time and that means he was basically touring for the whole year.


When you can make most of your music while on the bus, why the Hell not? He has the perfect system.

Ohaidere 08/03/12 09:07 AM

All joking aside, good for him. He deserves it.

Jacob Tender 08/03/12 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by zachff (Post 111386852)
A quick setlist.fm search has Skrillex as #1 in most shows of 2011.

Obviously this doesn't include really small acts or other DJs who don't necessarily have "sets" but still.

This surprises me considering BMTH only did shows for half of last year.

richie 08/03/12 09:07 AM

I think he deserves the money he gets, he's really good at what he does — only question I have is: where are we going to end? Why are bands being so ignored? What's wrong? How could we get to the point where people would rather see a dj instead of a hard working band?

Jeff_Ryan 08/03/12 09:08 AM

I don't like his music at all but his interview on Pitchfork made him seem like a very down to earth guy

Still, I'll never forget how god awful his set was on the AP tour back in 07 or 08 where he was just "Sonny"

Keagan Ilvonen 08/03/12 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by richie (Post 111387372)
I think he deserves the money he gets, he's really good at what he does — only question I have is: where are we going to end? Why are bands being so ignored? What's wrong? How could we get to the point where people would rather see a dj instead of a hard working band?

Because electronic music is being accepted by the mainstream. Mainstream is what sells. Doesn't matter how hard a band works. If they don't get on the radio there isn't a whole lot more they can go up.

cubine 08/03/12 09:10 AM

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Originally Posted by mikeisonfire (Post 111386762)
What I'm sure the rest of the struggling members of From First To Last are thinking...



I don't know about Matt and Derek but Travis seems to be pretty entertained by the whole thing based on his facebook/tumblr. Frequently pokes fun at Sonny. Maybe he's resentful, who knows.

bradsonemanband 08/03/12 09:13 AM

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Originally Posted by ThisIsNotDan (Post 111386812)
honestly if someone told me in like my freshman year of high school that the FFTL dude would become an international superstar in electronic music, I would have laughed pretty hard.

anyways, not really my thing, but good for him

oh, seriously. i would have laughed my ass off! so crazy.

i still hate FFTL and Skrillex though.

Searos 08/03/12 09:18 AM

How hard can it be to tour when your music is just a bunch of sounds. you could just run it off your laptop and eat a cheeseburger.

Jake Jenkins 08/03/12 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by richie (Post 111387372)
I think he deserves the money he gets, he's really good at what he does — only question I have is: where are we going to end? Why are bands being so ignored? What's wrong? How could we get to the point where people would rather see a dj instead of a hard working band?

are you insinuating DJs arent hard working?

fran.182 08/03/12 09:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Searos (Post 111387982)
How hard can it be to tour when your music is just a bunch of sounds. you could just run it off your laptop and eat a cheeseburger.

:clap:

Searos 08/03/12 09:21 AM


gonna go become a millionaire now

SupMikecheck 08/03/12 09:24 AM

Matt Good and Derek arent the type to get mad about Skrillex's success, FFTL was my favorite band aside from blink. Matts been doing a funky new dubstep project now that D.R.U.G.S is gone, maybe one day he will do a show with Skrillex in the future. I really wish Derek was up to something he was an incredibly talented drummer and extremely underrated.

wtfaaron 08/03/12 09:24 AM

I listen to his music on and off. I can't tell if I like it or not, or just get random urges to listen to something different now and then.

Numero10 08/03/12 09:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Searos (Post 111387982)
How hard can it be to tour when your music is just a bunch of sounds. you could just run it off your laptop and eat a cheeseburger.

You are stupid.

ACA 08/03/12 09:26 AM

I don't enjoy his music (I tend to prefer live instrumentation), but good for him.

He found a niche and exploited it; he also worked his ass off all year. He's smart with marketing and clearly motivated and determined.

It's a fad (albeit a popular one) like most genres.. he should cash in while he can.

Searos 08/03/12 09:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Numero10 (Post 111388262)
You are stupid.

sorry if I wubbed you he wrong way

rollerman4221 08/03/12 09:27 AM

I remember reading this article when it came out a while back, He was #2 behind tiesto because of his rediculous touring schedule. Congrats to him.

tacosforcharles 08/03/12 09:27 AM

Not a fan of the music, but good for him.

JosephMarro 08/03/12 09:28 AM

Sonny once jumped on the hood of our van and put a small dent in it. can i have 1 mil to fix please?

Keagan Ilvonen 08/03/12 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by JosephMarro (Post 111388452)
Sonny once jumped on the hood of our van and put a small dent in it. can i have 1 mil to fix please?

hahahahaha

rollerman4221 08/03/12 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by ACA (Post 111388302)
I don't enjoy his music (I tend to prefer live instrumentation), but good for him.

He found a niche and exploited it; he also worked his ass off all year. He's smart with marketing and clearly motivated and determined.

It's a fad (albeit a popular one) like most genres.. he should cash in while he can.

-ACA


Your view of this kind of music as a "fad" is probably how people overseas view country music in america......

ACA 08/03/12 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by JosephMarro (Post 111388452)
Sonny once jumped on the hood of our van and put a small dent in it. can i have 1 mil to fix please?

Sonny once made me sit through an entire From First to Last set to see Motion City Soundtrack, can I have 1 mil to compensate?

jasonisasleep 08/03/12 09:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 3GunGaz (Post 111386472)
It makes me laugh how many people shit talk him

- Arguably at the top of his genre, regardless of whether you like it
- Most people who know / knew the guy say he is one of the nicest people (see ETID and others)
- With his record label, he seems to want to help other acts out

Good for him. I'm not ashamed to say I like his music... Nothing groundbreaking and I'm sure it won't have longevity... but for now, I like it.

I don't like the music he makes as Skrillex, however when my old band opened for him when he toured on the Gypsyhook EP he was one of the nicest professional musicians I've met. We talked with him in the back/outside of old Emo's (Austin) for at least an hour before the show about anything and everything. He was geniunly excited and grateful that we opened for him and thankful he was getting to play the show. Great guy.

Numero10 08/03/12 09:32 AM

Genres of music are a fad

- ACA

Keagan Ilvonen 08/03/12 09:34 AM

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Originally Posted by rollerman4221 (Post 111388642)
Your view of this kind of music as a "fad" is probably how people overseas view country music in america......

did you add the - ACA when you quoted? Because it made me laugh.