Now, the artist born Sonny Moore has opened up about his highest profile collaboration to date — and revealed his favorite song off the album.
Justin and Skrillex collaborated earlier this year on Jack Ü’s hit “Where Are Ü Now” but their partnership wouldn’t end there. In a new interview with NME, Skrillex talked about how he got inspired to keep working with the Canadian singer.
“If you hear something that inspires you musically, you just want to be a part of it,” he said. "I heard some well-written songs that were really good that they wanted me to do production on and from there, we wrote some new songs. It was an opportunity to try some stuff that I had never done before and we ended up making something really unique."
Some songs on Purpose make it seem like Justin’s “growing up" album, and Skrillex’s comments support that idea. "His album is so honest to who he is right now,” he said. "He’s still a pop star making pop music, but at the same time, all the stuff I worked on with him had a sense of honesty about it. I’m not saying he wasn’t honest before, but when you listen to his lyrics, you can tell he is becoming an adult."
As for his favorite song from Purpose, Skrillex has to go with “Children.” "I think he’s starting to grapple with the fact that he’s a role model for a generation,” he said of Justin. "I can’t speak for him, but I think he wants to be able to spread a positive message for young people."