In case you missed it during his summer tour of 2014, Skrillex’s mothership stage made a triumphant return this weekend at Long Beach, California’s ComplexCon. At face, it may have seemed like an odd choice to bring Skrillex on to close out a night at Complex’s two-day festival, which is almost entirely hip-hop acts, but unsurprisingly to many of us, he murdered it. In fact, some may tell you that he completely stole the show. About half the crowd left Kid Cudi’s set (who was fresh out of rehab) to go catch Skrill spin his bangers inside the mothership.
For those that are unfamiliar, Skrillex’s mothership stage is one of the most unique stages out there that has made an appearance in the EDM world. I, personally, was lucky enough to catch one of his stops at Red Rocks in Colorado during the famed tour (with support from RL Grime and What So Not). When the lights went down, a huge curtain dropped down to reveal Skrillex in the cockpit of his huge spaceship that was decked out in graffiti and lined with neon lights, and of course, Skrill’s iconic, bright red logo in the center of it all. As you can imagine, the entire crowd absolutely lit up. It doesn’t stop there, though. A spaceship wouldn’t be a spaceship without an arsenal of lasers, would it? If that’s not enough, add a few nitrogen air cannons and pyrotechnics to the stage for the more epic bass drops, and you’ve got yourself quite the show.
Skrillex didn’t just bring out his renowned stage for ComplexCon this year. In fact, through a collaborative project of himself and Takashi Murakami, the two put out an art installation titled “Baburu,” an oversized air globe with Murakami’s images exhibited over the surface, that responded to your touch. The globe also acted as a type of instrument that as well that responded to touch along with the images. Check out Skrillex himself demonstrating how to play with the massive toy below!
— SKRILLEX (@Skrillex) November 5, 2016
One can only speculate if this special mothership appearance is a sign of more to come. Besides his Jack Ü appearances, Skrillex hasn’t been on an official tour since the mothership tour of 2014. That isn’t to say he hasn’t been busy. If you check out his past shows, you can see he’s been playing almost nonstop, whether it be festival shows, or club sets. Perhaps he’s brought out the mothership this weekend as a teaser for another round of mothership stops around the country, or maybe Sonny was just feeling a bit nostalgic, but we can hope, can’t we?