Profile: Skrillex

November 2016

Key Facts

Date of Birth: 15/01/1988
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Status: Active
Career: 2004 – Present




Sonny John Moore, known professionally as Skrillex, is an American electronic dance music producer, DJ, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He grew up in Northern California and was adopted at birth. A fact he discovered aged 16. Both of his adopted parents were Scientologists, although, he’s not. While a young teenager in Los Angeles, he joined a 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.


In 2007 He began his first solo tour after recruiting a new band line-up. 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. However, he ceased production of the album and began performing under the name Skrillex, distributing the My Name Is Skrillex EP for free download on his official MySpace page. Before adopting this alias, he had used the name Twipz, but only online. 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. These two EPs where released on mau5trap recordings, who he’d signed with after touring with label owner Deadmau5.


2011 saw the launch of his own label, OWSLA. This new label’s first release was Bristol-based dubstep producers KOAN Sound. He finished 2011 with five Grammy Awards nominated including Best New Artist. He won 3: “Best Dance/Electronica Album”, “Best Dance Recording”, and “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical”. Also, at the end of 2011 he was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll and was named MTV’s Electronic Dance Music Artist of the Year.


His 7th EP – “Leaving”, dropped Jan 2013, on the OWSLA subscription service, Nest IV. He later released the single “Try It Out” with Alvin Risk. Always pushing boundaries, March 2014, saw 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. Over the years he has collaborated with Diplo, Boys Noize to form the groups of Jack Ü and Dog Blood respectively. On Moore’s 29th birthday in 2017, he reunited with From First To Last to release a single named “Make War”.




Skrillex has won 8 Grammy Awards, the most ever won by an Electronic Dance Music artist.



Fun Facts

Skrillex is an ambassador for the non-profit organization Bridges For Music which supports disadvantaged communities.


He’s the king of the celebrity death hoax. The most famous one involved a freak yachting accident in Bermuda.


Skrillex once dated the artist and singer Ellie Goulding.


The name Skrillex means absolutely nothing!