Sonny John Moore (born January 15, 1988), professionally known as Skrillex, is an American electronic musician from Los Angeles, California, well known for his role as the former frontman for the post-hardcore band From First to Last.
On February 27, 2007, Moore announced he had left From First to Last to pursue a solo career. After months of releasing demos via Myspace, Moore played on the Team Sleep Tour with a full band. Moore made several demo albums available on this tour, limited to about 30 per show. These albums were tour exclusive, and were packaged in “baby blue envelopes”, each with a unique drawing by Moore or bandmate.
In 2008, Moore began DJing under the alias Skrillex at clubs in the Los Angeles area. On June 7, 2010, Moore released his official Skrillex debut EP, “My Name is Skrillex.”
On April 7, 2009, he released “Gypsyhook” EP, a digital EP, which featured three songs and four remixes. Also included was a Japanese version of “Mora” entitled “Kai Sui”. Physical copies of the EP were available at his shows.
In the summer of 2010, Moore provided programming and vocals for English 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.” Later in the year, Sonny released his second EP, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.”
A third EP and first remix collection, “More Monsters and Sprites” consisting of three new tracks and four additional remixes of the title track from his previous EP, was released in 2011.
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.