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Sonny John Moore (born January 15, 1988), known professionally as Skrillex, is an American record producer, DJ, singer, songwriter and musician. Growing up in Northeast Los Angeles and in Northern California, he joined the American post-hardcore band From First to Last as the lead singer in 2004, and recorded two studio albums with the band (Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count, 2004, and Heroine, 2006) before leaving to pursue a solo career in 2007. He began his first tour as a solo artist in late 2007. After recruiting a new band lineup, Moore joined the Alternative Press Tour to support bands such as All Time Low and The Rocket Summer, and appeared on the cover of Alternative Press’ annual “100 Bands You Need to Know” issue.
After releasing the Gypsyhook EP in 2009, Moore was scheduled to record his debut studio album, Bells, with producer Noah Shain. He ceased production of the album, however, and began performing under the name Skrillex, distributing the My Name Is Skrillex EP for free download on his official MySpace page. Subsequently, he released the Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP in late-2010 and More Monsters and Sprites EP in mid-2011, both of which have since become moderate commercial successes. On November 30, 2011, he received five Grammy Award nominations at the 54th Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and won three: “Best Dance/Electronica Album”, “Best Dance Recording”, and “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical”. On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that he had been nominated for their Sound of 2012 poll. On December 12, 2011, he was also named MTV’s Electronic Dance Music Artist of the Year. Skrillex has won eight Grammy Awards and holds the world record for most Grammys won by an Electronic Dance Music artist. Skrillex has collaborated with Diplo and Boys Noize to form the groups of Jack Ü and Dog Blood respectively. It was announced on Moore’s 29th birthday, he reunited with From First To Last and released a single named “Make War”. In 2017, Skrillex produced and mixed 8, the eighth studio album by rock band Incubus. In July 2017, Skrillex released another single featuring debuting solo artist Poo Bear.
Moore was born in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles, but moved to the Forest Hill neighborhood of San Francisco at the age of 2, where he attended elementary school. At the ages of 9 and 10, Moore attended a local boarding school located in the Mojave Desert LV, but eventually moved back to Northern California. Both his parents were scientologists. By the time he was 12, his family moved back to his birthplace of Northeast Los Angeles. There he enrolled in a private academy school specializing in arts, the school used some of L Ron Hubbard’s teachings. Later he was home schooled at the age of 14 due to bullying. In 2004, he learned he was adopted and dropped out of the program when he was 16. While a young teenager in Los Angeles, Moore would attend punk gigs in Mexican American neighborhoods in East and South Los Angeles, and later at electro club raves in the downtown’s Silver Lake and Echo Park neighborhoods.
In 2004, Moore contacted Matt Good of From First to Last about playing guitar for the band on their debut album. After flying out to Georgia, Moore was heard singing by three studio producers, Derrick Thomas, Eric Dale, and McHale Butler, and was then made lead singer, with Good playing guitar. In June 2004, Epitaph Records released the band’s first full-length record with their new bandmate, Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count. After performing on several successful tours, two being the Vans Warped Tour and Dead by Dawn tour, they began recording their second album, Heroine with producer Ross Robinson. The album was released in March 2006 on Epitaph. With high record sales once again, the band found themselves part of many successful tours, until Moore started suffering vocal problems, causing the band to resign from several tours. After going through a successful vocal surgical procedure, Moore informed the band he would be permanently resigning to work on a solo career. FFTL’s last show performed with Moore was in their hometown of Orlando at The House of Blues while touring with Atreyu.
In February 2008, Alternative Press Magazine announced the second annual AP Tour, with All Time Low, The Rocket Summer, The Matches, and Forever the Sickest Kids, as well as Sonny Moore. The tour started in Houston, Texas on March 14 and went through North America, ending in Cleveland, Ohio on May 2, with the majority of the shows being sold out. All bands playing the tour would be featured on the cover of Alternative Press Magazine’s annual 100 Bands You Need to Know special, and would be interviewed on the Alternative Press Podcast. During this tour Moore’s line-up consisted of Sean Friday on drums, Christopher Null on guitar, and Aaron Rothe on keyboards. On April 7, 2009, he released Gypsyhook, a digital EP, which featured three songs and four remixes. Physical copies of the EP were available at his shows. After going on tour with Innerpartysystem and Paper Route and opening for Chiodos on their European tour, Moore performed at Bamboozle on May 2. He performed on Bamboozle Left’s Saints and Sinners stage on April 4. He toured with Hollywood Undead in April 2009 performing under the band name Sonny and the Blood Monkeys, with Chris Null (electric guitar), Sean Friday (drums, percussion & beats) and Aaron Rothe (keyboards, synthesizers, programming & turntables). Moore has stated that the album Bells will not be released.
In June 2011, “More Monsters and Sprites” was released on Beatport, an EP consisting of three original tracks, including “First of the Year (Equinox)” and two versions of his original track “Ruffneck”. A leaked track entitled “Ruffneck Bass” had been leaked on the internet months prior which used the same sample as in the new “Ruffneck” tracks on the EP. Skrillex released a music video for “Rock n’ Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)” on his official YouTube page on June 20, 2011. On August 17, 2011 Skrillex announced his label, OWSLA. “The label’s first releases will come from Bristol-based dubstep producers KOAN Sound, electro-house newcomer Porter Robinson from North Carolina, singer-songwriter Alvin Risk, and San Francisco-based M Machine (formally Metropolis).” Skrillex released a music video for “First of the Year (Equinox)” via Spin.com on August 19, 2011. In late August 2011 it was released that he would be appearing Knife Party’s first release, collaborating on a Moombahton style track entitled “Zoology”. A preview was released on YouTube. In late September 2011 he created the track “Syndicate” as promotion for the video game of the same name. Kaskade’s 2011 album Fire & Ice features a collaboration between Kaskade and Skrillex entitled “Lick It”. The video for Skrillex’s song “First of the Year (Equinox)” appears on the first episode of the Beavis and Butt-head revival.
Skrillex confirmed at a show in January 2013 that he will release a new LP in the summer. On January 2, 2013, Skrillex released his 7th EP, Leaving, on the OWSLA subscription service, Nest IV. He later released the single “Try It Out” with Alvin Risk.
On March 7, 2014, an App titled “Alien Ride” was put up on Apple’s App Store which contained a secret folder with 11 hidden objects and a countdown ending March 10 at 6:30EST. Moore’s website was updated with the App’s picture on the front page and it was later revealed the folder contains Google Play and iTunes url’s which eventually were revealed to be 11 new songs available to stream that comprised his debut LP, titled Recess. The album was made available for pre-order at midnight and was released on March 18, 2014.
Skrillex was getting into the K-pop industry by collaborating with girl group 4Minute. On January 25, Cube Entertainment released the track list and individual teaser images for the members. The first track, “Hate”, was composed and arranged by Skrillex.
On January 15, 2017, Moore tweeted “Happy Birthday” with a link to a new From First to Last song which featured Moore on vocals. He later joined the band in Emo Nite LA for the first time in nearly a decade. In 2017, he released the songs “Chicken Soup” with Habstrakt, “Would You Ever” with Poo Bear, “Saint Laurent” with DJ Sliink and Wale and “Favor” with Vindata and NSTASIA.
In July 2018, Skrillex teased fans by collaborating with Missy Elliott on a snippet nicknamed “ID”, a release date for the single has yet to be announced.
On October 24, 2018, Skrillex previewed a song titled “Arms Around You” on Instagram. It is a collaboration featuring XXXTentacion, Lil Pump, Maluma and Swae Lee. The full single was released on October 25, 2018.
Skrillex, Poo Bear, and Japanese-American singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada collaborated on an opening song for the video game Kingdom Hearts III, titled “Face My Fears”, to be released in January 18, 2019.
Directed by: Colin Tilley
Produced by: Andrew Lerios and Skrillex
Executive Producers: Luga Podesta, Brandon Bonfiglio
Director of Photography: Rob Witt
Edited by: Vinnie Hobbs and Skrillex
Colorist: Ricky Gausis
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