Sonny John Moore (born January 15, 1988), professionally known as Skrillex, is an American electronic musician from Los Angeles, California.
After moving to San Francisco from Los Angeles when he was nine, Moore received his first guitar, which he would write songs on throughout his childhood. At age 12, Moore’s family moved back to Los Angeles, where he started attending local concerts. Moore started a street punk band called The Riots when he was 13, along with friends he met at these concerts. His second band, Hazel-rah, experimented with a more ambient rock sound. He was also in the band At Risk before he joined From First to Last at age 16.
During his time in From First To Last he released two albums – “Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count” in 2004 and “Heroine” in 2006. With high record sales, 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 surgical procedure, on February 27, 2007, 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“). This led to Moore’s first performance since his leaving From First to Last. On April 7, 2007, alongside harpist Carol Robbins. After recruiting a new band lineup, Moore toured North America on the Alternative Press Tour, supporting 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. During this tour Moore’s line-up consisted of Sean Friday on drums, Christopher Null on guitar, and Aaron Rothe on keyboards.
In June 2008, Moore went into recording for his debut album, titled “Bells“, alongside producer Noah Shain. Although no official statement has been given regarding the album, Moore has been reported in interviews and at events saying “Bells” will no longer be released. 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”.
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” as a free download. 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 began a nationwide tour with Deadmau5 after being signed to mau5trap recordings and released his second EP “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” on 25 October 2010, which became huge hit and dominated the charts with tracks “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites“, “Kill Everybody” and “Weekends“.
Before joining the Mau5trap label, Moore had been signed to both Atlantic and Interscope records to produce a variety of dance remixes for some of the biggest names in the business, including Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars. Under name Skrillex he also remixed Black Eyed Peas “Rock That Body”, La Roux “In For The Kill”, Bring Me The Horizon, Casxio, Frida Gold, The All-American Rejects and Twin Atlantic.