Skrillex and Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart team for epic Bonnaroo SuperJam
January 20, 2015
Of all the experiences you can have at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, there’s one tradition that simply cannot be missed. Every year, the SuperJam brings together various artists from all walks of life and various genre onto one stage for a jam session chock-full of once-in-a-lifetime surprises. Last year, EDM heavyweight Skrillex led the collaborative extravaganza, bringing along acts like Big Gigantic, Thundercat, Warpaint, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and more to deliver a jaw-dropping performance that defied all expectations.
Episode two of the series, premiered exclusively on Consequence of Sound, focuses on a particularly left-field collaboration, as Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart joined Skrillex’s crew for a distinctive version of the Dead classic “Fire on the Mountain”. The 14-minute video “provides a revealing glimpse into Mickey’s history, championing his innovations in percussion as he works with Skrillex to blend analog with digital to create, as A$AP Ferg describes it, ‘new history.'” It also features rehearsal footage, interviews with various participants, and an introduction to Hart’s unique personalized instrument. Dubbed the RAMU (Random Access Musical Universe), it’s an electronic Frankenstein conglomeration of pads, strings, a theremin, and even Hart’s own brainwaves!