What do you think makes Lollapalooza so special compared to other venues you’ve performed at?

It’s cool because it’s set right downtown so I think the backdrop of the city makes it very unique and kind of special. For me, I grew up here and I was born and raised here so it’s one of those cool things.

After a big show like tonight’s, how do you unwind?

It’s pretty easy because I don’t sleep very much so I could actually fall asleep right now. I haven’t been home in three months. I like reading though, it puts me to sleep.

Is there one thing you make sure to do each time you make it back here to your hometown?

I always go get a hot dog. I will get one very late tonight after this show probably.

With so many up-and-coming DJs trying to break out, is there a certain quality that helps one stand out?

I always listen to their music. If they are writing and producing good music then the rest will follow. Fareoh is on tour with me, he’s opening up for me on this 50-city plus tour. I heard his music, loved it and was like, “Hey, why don’t you do some shows with me?”

If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be?

Since we’re talking about music why don’t I say Billy Corgan, a fellow Chicagoan. I’ve loved his music for a long time.

Skylar Grey: I’m so sorry, I have to interrupt. Can I hear how the key changes into the next song?

Photography by Neal Agustin

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