With reporting by Andrew Maclean
"We're writing great songs, take all the production away and just break it down to the melody and the vocal... we're writing really great songs," Skrillex told us. "For me, at least, I feel like 'Where Are U Now' was his first step into real songs, almost like timeless songs. No matter what you think about who he is, you can't deny that he wrote a great song and thats what we're doing, and that's what the goal is for this record."
Justin did tease that his upcoming single, "What Do You Mean," is along the same lines as his hit with the EDM producers, saying that its sound is "super cool," "fresh," and something "no one has done" before.
"I think he already took the biggest risk releasing his first single in a long time with Diplo and myself, and it had such a great response, and now it's just very freeing because thats what we're chasing after, just making good songs," Skrillex said. "I think that when you hear his voice... there's something that happens. I really like the stuff that we worked on together and we'll see what the world thinks when it comes out."
Luckily, Justin has been keeping us well-informed of when that single is going to drop, with the help of his numerous celeb friends who've been counting down the days.
Skrillex had nothing but good things to say about his collaborator, revealing that the two have gone skateboarding together as well as hit the studio. Yet, there is one thing he learned about the Biebs during their time together, and that is not to challenge him... to anything.
"He's probably one of the most talented people I've ever met. I don't care how good you are at anything, he will beat you at it, he's just so competitive. He's good at skateboarding, he likes pool, basketball he plays every instrument, drums, and when he goes into the vocal booth, you know we'll be working on a track and we'll have some piano line or melody and the beat, and then he'll start free-styling," he said. "I don't think people really understand that it's not an accident that he got to where he is."