Sky Blu of Grammy nominated party-boy duo LMFAO has been busy in the studio twerking on a solo album. His his new Latin-meets-EDM single "Salud", features vocals from Sensato, Reek Rude and Wilmer Valderrama - yes, the guy who played the lovable Fez in "That 70's Show". As a grandson of Berry Gordy Jr., the founder of Motown Records, Sky spent his life around some of history's most influential musicians. He chats with VIBE about culture-mixing through music, a higher power, and some ideas he's been toiling with for the future of his music.
Stream the new single "Salud"
VIBE: What do you feel like you’ve been able to accomplish artistically, independently of LMFAO?
Sky Blu: I think what I am doing now is just the tip of the iceberg. I don't feel like I have really accomplished much as a solo artist. I have been releasing new music but I have a long way to go.
Did you have any intentions with your solo project of departing from the crazy party-boy reputation you’ve established for yourself with LMFAO?
I actually intend on increasing that party-boy reputation, and adding a few more to the list.
What is striking about Wilmer Valderrama?
He has many hidden talents that many people do not know about, but will find out about soon. Aside from his talents, he is such a great person and inspiration to be around.
What elements of the Latin culture really struck you/inspired you to make “Salud”?
I really admired the love for music the culture had. I grew up around it, and had many Latin friends, but after my first DJ set in Paraguay, I was hooked. I feel extremely honored to contribute music to the culture.
Do you feel like what Diplo does, and now what you have done, by experimenting with sometimes obscure multi-cultural sounds does more for raising cultural awareness, or does it produce an inaccurate reading of a culture for the audience?
I believe that it helps the evolution of music. Music is the voice of a generation, and pushing the boundaries of creativity is the basis of evolution.
What do you think of the future of electronic music?
I think it will become an ingredient to future music. It just takes that one artist to take the chance to create the next wave of popular music. I plan on being in that kitchen.
Do you think that the globalization and inclusion of multicultural sounds will keep electronic music alive and fresh or mainstream or something else?
The truth of the matter is, I believe anything can happen, in any way. It just takes someone with a strong vision and focus to start a new trend. But since the world is closer than ever because of the Internet, the next trend will have a worldwide platform.
What genres are you looking to reach deeper into?
Honestly, I've always heard artists like Michael Jackson and the Beatles say that music comes through them, as if they were tapping into a higher power. I want to feel what they felt, and I think the way to do so, is to have an open mind and never box yourself into a genre.
Anyone that you would love to collaborate with in the near future?
Wiz Khalifa, Danny Brown, Miguel, Pink, Sugar Free, Snoop.... and Taylor Swift.