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Warren Haynes & Skrillex Talk Grateful Dead

November 22, 2013

Warren Haynes and Skrillex headlined a panel at Billboard's Touring Conference that discussed the lessons learned from the Grateful Dead. Along with Paradigm Agency's Jonathan Levine, former Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully, Bay-area promoter Gregg Perloff, Windish Agency rep Sam Hunt and agent Lee Anderson, Haynes and Skrillex dished on all things Grateful Dead and how the band helped shape the touring model many bands still use today.

Skrillex, who explained he grew up in San Francisco and that his parents were Dead fans, said he too regularly employs the Dead’s improvisational ethos. “I don’t just hit play on the space bar and let it play the whole set,” he said, “I mix every song--and I do mess up. I’m changing my set every night and producing new records on the tour bus to test out -- so it is very much in the moment.” Haynes credited the Grateful Dead as the inspiration for his band's "Mule Tracks," which offers soundboard quality copies of every show.

Other topics discussed included the benefits of in-house ticketing, major labels, mainstream media, and touring models. Watch a clip below.


Wow nice slam there on Deadmau%

By Tom - 11/22/13

I see he fixed his teeth.. He was angry when he was younger… I hope that changed… peace

By pete - 11/25/13

well, everything skrillex’s manager said as well as what skrillex said has completely missed the point of what the grateful dead did. edm and organic music are 2 completely different worlds. to say that they have anything in common besides the fact that there are lights and big sound systems is kind of silly. when you’re at a jamband show history is being made—they could be taking a song into directions it has never been taken before right in front of your eyes. edm shows are just big parties (not saying they aren’t fun). besides remixing, it is difficult for edm guys to recreate those types of moments. and they will never be able to do that on the fly mid-set like a band can. the marketing and the branding of it all is also not a great comparison because while semi-accurate, it’s not what the band was about at all—while 90% of the electronic music scene depends on the market and brand, the dead and other legendary bands depended on the experience and following the band around to see how they played/how the set would differ each night. the logo and brand just kind of came along as a secondary thing after that.

By Alex - 08/04/14


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