The New York Times thought it would be a good idea to ask some of the world’s prominent thinkers about what they think the future holds. It brought in economists, CEO’s, biologists and farmers just to name a few. The publication also wanted to know what the future of music is looking like and they brought in one of the most influential producers in the world, Skrillex. The ‘Future Issue’ focuses on the issues, dilemmas and missteps of our current generation and how we can improve upon these things years down the road.
This is what Skrillex had to say about the future:
“The future is an accident. It’s an accident because you explore. You have to go through with a machete and just hack away and find it. You can’t see it — you just have to go somewhere you haven’t been before. It’s not even about being so far into the future; it’s “How do you say what people want to hear next?” I’m always listening to what the younger kids are doing. The most inspiring stuff is what you find young kids doing online. It’s so raw. It’s, like, the singularity, the way children are interfacing with different technologies so seamlessly. I was in South Africa and went to this township, and the kids there had really cheap smartphones, and they could still build a window into another world, then adapt that to their culture. Some kids had D.J. gear in a little shack, and they were making this hack between house and African, like African house. Kids! Like, 8 years old. That’s where I’m getting ideas.”
Skrillex seems rather optimistic about the future of music. He talks about how he is inspired by the forward-thinking kids who are always pushing musical boundaries. Additionally, Skrillex mentions that we need to explore the future and that we shouldn’t become so invested in the present.
You can see what the other influential leaders and trendsetters had to say here.