The Palace of Auburn Hills wants to start 2013 off with a band -- THE Bang!, in fact.
And it couldn't have found two artists better suited for the job.
Electronic Dance Music stars Skrillex and Boys Noize are joining forces for The Bang!, rocking The Palace for 10 hours, plus an after-party that will last until at least dawn. Two stages will feature state-of-the-art EDM styles, sound systems and lighting effects, and while Skrillex says that "obviously the main objective if for everyone to have a great new year's," he and Boyz Noize have a deeper agenda for the evening.
"We're just bringing a lot of different sounds together," explains Los Angeles-born and -based Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore), the three-time Grammy Award winner (with three more nominations this year) who's helped bring EDM into the pop mainstream with songs such as "Bangarang," "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" and "First of the Year (Equinox)," collaborations with The Doors, Korn, Ellie Goulding, Sirah, A$AP Rocky and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and along with remixes for Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, Robyn and Nero.
"It's such a diverse lineup that really leans a lot towards the new sort of movement of electronic music but also to the old sounds of techno. that's kind of part of why we wanted to do it in Detroit and bring all these different sounds together."
Boys Noize (aka Alex Ridha) says the idea of a combined New Year's Eve show was hatched earlier this year when Skrillex was visiting him in Berlin. "We hung out at my studio and we were talking about things," Boys Noize recalls, "and he was like, 'Yo, why don't we do this crazy New Year's Eve party together' with my crew and his crew from his label. And then we started thinking about where to do it.
"And (Skrillex) said, 'Let's do it where techno is coming from, where techno was born. So we decided go to Detroit, which is a cool place and is exactly where all the deeper techno stuff began in the late 80s. And where I'm from, there's always been a strong connection between Detroit and Berlin, so it's the perfect place.
"We're gonna make some noise there, that's for sure."
The Bang! after party, meanwhile, also lets the two DJs and producers forward a collaborative project called Dog Blood that they began earlier this year. The team-up has so far yielded a pair of released songs, "Next Order" and "Middle Finger" as well as some low-key live shows, but both feel that's just the tip of the sonic iceberg.
"We have a lot more music, man," Skrillex, 24, says. "Dog Blood...is just another outlet where you can step back for a second and just let someone take over and see what they would do in a situation, and you can always come out with great things. It's some next level (music), so we're going to continue to release stuff and just play when we feel like playing."
Boys Noize says the duo is "about to finish two new tracks that are looking really good," while some remixes of the existing Dog Blood tracks are also coming. The project has to compete with the rest of both men's busy schedule, however -- "It just always depends on where we are and what's happening," Bos Noize notes -- but he adds that may be for the best.
"We want to take it slow," he explains. "We just want to put out fun music for our friends to play, basically. The idea of Dog Blood is to have this new project where we can try out new things outside of his music, outside of my music and not have to worry about what's expected of as (individual) artists."
Skrillex and Boys Noize plan to be busy under their own monikers in 2013, however. The latter's plans are a bit loose; he released his third album, "Out of the Block," this year, and while he feels that "an album gives you more depth as an artist" and he'd like to do another one, he acknowledges that "I haven't made a plan yet."
"I have a couple of new tracks already in the pipeline, so I'll probably look at a new EP or something, which I've always done between my albums," Boys Noize says. "I'm sure I'll lock myself in the studio and do another album, but I don't know when yet."
Skrillex, meanwhile, is preparing to move into a new home in Los Angeles after living in hotels for most of the past two years. Once there he plans to take some time off the road and start making music, building on his film work -- he scored portions of "Spring Breakers" and a scene from the animated "Wreck-It Ralph" -- as well as working on his regular endeavors, including a subscription series called The Nest from his OWSLA label.
"I have so much music, man. I have too many songs to even know what to do with," he says. "I'm just always making music. I just haven't had enough time to really sit down and idle myself and clear my mind and go, 'OK, what's the next thing I want to say, and how's it different from what I've said before?'
"I'm more excited than ever to make music again, so we'll see what comes out of that. I can't wait."
The Bang!, featuring Skrillex, Boys Noize, Flosstradamus, Alvin Risk, D.I.M., Destructo and others, takes place at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $129.50 general admission main floor and $29.50-$79.50 reserved seating. Skrillex and Boys Noize will also DJ as Dog Blood at the HARD 5 Year Anniversary Party starting at 2 a.m. in the Pistons VIP Club at The Palace. Tickets are $25. Call 248-377-0100 or visit either www.palacenet.com or www.bangnye.com.
Send your thoughts and comments to