Morrison would sanction Skrillex collaboration, says Doors keyboardist

By | Published on Monday 23 January 2012


This year marks the 40th anniversary since the release of The Doors ‘LA Woman’ LP, and the band’s surviving members have been celebrating the occasion in some style.

Take ‘Breakn A Sweat’, the group’s collaboration with dubstep DJ Skrillex, for instance. The two acts worked together as part of that previously reported film project ‘RE:GENERATION’, which aimed to document diverse musical partnerships between the likes of Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu, The Crystal Method and the Berklee School Of Music Orchestra.

As regards ‘Breakn A Sweat’, Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek seems certain the band’s late frontman Jim Morrison, were he still alive, would approve of the track.

Manzarek informs Billboard: “He’d love it. He was no purist. His words were his milieu. He might be, ‘Don’t fuck with my words’, but he’d be open for all kind of improvisations. He loved that stuff”.

Having said he felt “kicked in the arse” after his studio session with Skrillex, Manzarek predicts ‘Breakn A Sweat’ won’t be the last of his and Doors cohort Robby Kriger’s experimental forays.

He says: “We might do some stuff in that direction. What I’d like to do and what might happen is to do some electronic treatments of the songs, of the multi-tracks we have, Robby and I working with different people. That would be a lot of fun. That’s the new realm of music, electronics. Electronics can go anywhere, so that’s what I’m looking forward to in the future”.

A future that sounds like Skrillex? Count me out. Unless he’s doing the cooking, that is. Here’s ‘Breakn A Sweat’, anyway: