Skrillex mixes music and drinks at Waldorf Hotel
The Waldorf Hotel has attracted some pretty big names since reopening as a multi-use cultural hub in October of 2010, including Katy Perry, the Black Keys, and Danger Mouse. But where those superstars hit the East Van spot’s famous ’50s-kitsch tiki bar, an equally impressive name recently spent time in the Waldorf’s basement recording studio, which is packed with rare, vintage gear. Following a performance at the Pacific Coliseum on July 22, EDM giant Skrillex checked in for a three-day stint to do some work.
“It’s pretty amazing that the dude is the biggest electronic-music producer in the world, with three Grammys, and he comes to the Waldorf for a couple of days, working in the studio,” Waldorf director Tom Anselmi told the Straight. “He was scoring the new Harmony Korine film [Spring Breakers].”
Those who worship the dance-music star known to his mom as Sonny Moore will be happy to hear that he is anything but a prima donna.
“He was incredibly nice, very gracious—a pleasant guy,” Anselmi said.
How nice? Well, even though he was working, Skrillex wasn’t too busy to make sure the staff at the Waldorf was well taken care of.
“He made everyone drinks at one point,” Waldorf brand manager Danny Fazio added. “Because he was here during the day, the bartenders weren’t here. He jumped behind the bar and made everyone caesars. We had an intern here that worships him, and he almost lost his mind. He was like ‘Skrillex just made me a caesar!’”
The Waldorf is hoping that Moore won’t be the last big-name artist to book the hotel’s studio.
“We’re open to people coming in and working on any project they have,” Anselmi said. “We have all this rare gear, and we’re just looking for it to be used.”
Danny Fazio photo.