Skrillex is an American electronic dance music producer, DJ, singer and songwriter.
Let’s find out some interesting facts about him!
1. Sonny John Moore was born January 15, 1988 in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles.
2. He moved to the Forest Hill neighborhood of San Francisco at the age of 2, where he attended elementary school.
3. 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.
4. Both his parents were Scientologists.
5. By the time he was 12, his family moved back to his birthplace of Northeast Los Angeles.
6. There he enrolled in a private academy school specializing in arts, the school used some of L Ron Hubbard’s teachings.
7. Later he was home schooled at the age of 14 due to bullying.
8. In 2004, he learned he was adopted and dropped out of the program when he was 16.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. After going through a successful vocal surgical procedure, Moore informed the band he would be permanently resigning to work on a solo career.
15. FFTL’s last show performed with Moore was in their hometown of Orlando at The House of Blues while touring with Atreyu.
16. Moore announced he had left From First to Last to pursue a solo career. He then launched a Myspace page displaying three demos (“Signal”, “Equinox”, and “Glow Worm”).
17. This led to Moore’s first performance since his leaving From First to Last. On April 7, 2007, alongside harpist Carol Robbins, Moore played several original songs at a local art building.
18. After months of releasing demos via Myspace, Moore played on the Team Sleep Tour with a full band. The tour also featured supporting acts Monster in the Machine and Strata.
19. Moore made several demo CDs available on this tour, limited to about 30 per show.
20. These CDs were tour exclusive, and were packaged in “baby blue envelopes”, each with a unique drawing by Moore or bandmate.
21. 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.
22. On April 7, 2009, he released Gypsyhook, a digital EP, which featured three songs and four remixes. Also included was a Japanese version of “Mora” entitled “海水” (“Kaisui”).
23. 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.
24. In 2008, Moore began producing and performing under the alias Skrillex at clubs in the Los Angeles area. Previously, he had been known on the Internet as Twipz.
25. On June 7, 2010, Moore released his official Skrillex debut EP, My Name Is Skrillex as a free download.
26. Moore provided programming and vocals for UK metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon on their third studio album, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret.
27. Later in the year, Sonny began a nationwide tour with Deadmau5 after being signed to mau5trap recordings and released his second EP, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.
28. Moore kicked off the “Project Blue Book Tour” in 2011 with support from Porter Robinson, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero as well as appearances from Sofia Toufa for a new song titled “Bring Out the Devil”.
29. On April 15, 2011 KoRn joined Skrillex on stage for his set at Coachella 2011. On April 18, 2011, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEA) development studio Naughty Dog released a trailer for the multiplayer component of their PlayStation 3 game Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, featuring “Kill EVERYBODY” from Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.
30. 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”.
31. On August 17, 2011 Skrillex announced his label, OWSLA.
32. “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).”
33. 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”.
34. A preview was released on YouTube.
35. 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”.
36. On November 8, Skrillex stated that he intended to release an album entitled Voltage. For unknown reasons, however, the album was never released, however on December 21, 2011, Skrillex unveiled the Bangarang EP for a Beatport release on December 23, then on August 12, 2012, his new side-project formed with Boys Noize called Dog Blood released an EP called Next Order/Middle Finger.
37. Skrillex composed the song “Bug Hunt” for the 2012 animated film Wreck-It Ralph, as well as making a brief cameo as a DJ in the film’s first act, and in December 2012, “Make It Bun Dem” is used in as a looped variant during the single player mission ‘Kick the Hornets Nest’ in the video game Far Cry 3.
38. Skrillex confirmed at a show in January 2013 that he will release a new LP in the summer.
39. 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.
40. 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.
41. 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.
42. In February 2012, Rolling Stone reported that Skrillex was dating the artist and singer Ellie Goulding, who provided vocals for the track “Summit” on the Bangarang EP. In late October 2012 the couple had split up, citing an inability to make their long distance relationship work.
43. In a 2015 interview, Moore stated that although his parents practiced Scientology, he does not. He gave the reason of music taking up most of his time.
44. His mother died in June 2015.
45. Skrillex’s primary musical influence, Aphex Twin, is also one of Thom Yorke’s (of Radiohead fame) favorite musicians.
46. Ιt’s not all funny hair and ‘banging tunes’, he’s a pretty earnest guy. He says stuff like: “I don’t like hype cluttering art.”
47. Like Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Rachel’, his haircut has become famous in its own right. Shaved on one side and hairy on the other, it became quite the barnet of 2011.
48. Skrillex is the king of the celebrity death hoax. One of the most famous ones involved a freak yachting accident in Bermuda. ‘RIPskrillex’ became a popular Twitter hash tag for a while.
49. His forthcoming album disappeared when his laptop was stolen out of his hotel room in April last year. He wrote on his Facebook “I spent a week pulling my hair out, but now I’m just focusing on the future and re-making my album.”
50. He got punked by Deadmau5 at the recent Grammys, when the mouse-masked DJ wore a T-shirt with Skrillex’s personal mobile number on it.
51. His ‘do’ is so famous that there’s a fake Skrillex hair Twitter. @Skrilleyshair Tweets stuff like: “Ahhh I love NYC. It makes me greasy in a very good way.”