Skrillex Explains Why 2022 Was The Toughest Year of His Life

World-renowned DJ and producer Skrillex, aka Sonny John Moore, celebrated his 35th birthday on January 16th. In honor of his 35th “lap around the sun,” he tweeted out the reason behind his step back from touring and live performances. He shared that 2022 had been the “toughest year” of his life and he had to take time to focus on his personal health and well-being.

He stated that he actually pulled out of Movement Music Festival and Sunset Music Festival last year because “I was working on myself,” despite originally attributing the cancellations to working on a new album.

Skrillex also noted that he lost his mother a few years ago while touring and never gave himself the time to cope with his grief. Instead he “drank the pain away and kept going.”

Mental health has been a popular discussion topic in recent years and, judging from the replies to Skrillex’s tweets, people appreciate him speaking out.

A number of others in the industry responded to his tweets, sending love and thanking the producer for his honesty. “This thread is really beautiful. Allowing this kind of vulnerability and honesty is so healing, and this will inspire so many people. Proud of you for sharing this. Sending so much love your way,” said artist and actor, Simon Curtis.

The Grammy-winning DJ rose to prominence in late 2010 with the release of his third EP, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. Since then, he’s dropped a number of crowd-favorites, including ‘Where Are Ü Now (with Justin Bieber),’ which has more than a billion listens on Spotify, and ‘Bangarang (feat. Sirah)‘ with nearly half a billion listens.

His apparent disappearance from the music scene did not go unnoticed. In fact, if you Google Skrillex, one of the top questions is “What happened to Skrillex?” However, the heavy-hitting DJ has already dropped two new songs this year, ‘Rumble‘ and ‘Way Back,’ so we can reasonably expect to see additional new music from him in the coming months.

Read the rest of his birthday tweet thread below and listen to more of his music on Spotify.