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Skrillex in 2012
Background information
Birth name Sonny John Moore
Born January 15, 1988 (1988-01-15) (age 33)
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Dubstep, electro house, post-hardcore
Occupation(s) DJ, music producer, guitarist, singer
Instruments Vocals, bass, turntables, drum machine, synthesiser, sampler, sequencer, personal computer
Years active 2002–present
Labels Atlantic, Big Beat, mau5trap, OWSLA
Associated acts From First to Last, deadmau5, Diplo, Kill the Noise, Porter Robinson, Dog Blood

Sonny John Moore (born January 15, 1988) is an American electronic music producer, DJ and singer-songwriter. He is better known by his stage name, Skrillex.


Early career

Moore started his first band when he was 13, which was called The Riots. He also started a second band called Hazel-rah. He joined the band "From First to Last" when he was 16. Moore left From First to Last and announced that he would be starting a solo career.

Production career

He was signed by deadmau5 to his label, mau5trap recordings, where he released his second EP, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. His song "Kill Everybody" was featured in the trailer for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. He also made a song called "Reptile Theme" for the soundtrack to Mortal Kombat.

On August 17, 2011, Skrillex announced that he was starting his label, OWSLA.

In 2011, he was nominated for five Grammy awards. He won three for "Best Dance/Electronica Album," "Best Dance Recording," and "Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical".

His song "First of the Year (Equinox)" was featured in the first episode of the Beavis and Butt-head revival. He released his fourth EP Bangarang on December 23, 2011.

He made a song titled "Bug Hunt" for the 2012 animated film Wreck-It Ralph and also made a small and brief cameo as a DJ.

The song "Make it Bun Dem" with Damian Marley was used as a looped variant and plays during the single player mission 'Kick the Hornets Nest' in the 2012 video game Far Cry 3.

He released his sixth EP titled Leaving on January 2, 2013 for OWSLA's subscription service called The Nest.

On March 14, 2014, Skrillex released his debut studio album Recess.


Studio albums

  • Recess (2014)

Extended plays

  • Gypsyhook (as Sonny) (2009)
  • My Name Is Skrillex (2010)
  • Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (2010)
  • More Monsters and Sprites (2011)
  • Bangarang (2011)
  • Make It Bun Dem After Hours (2012)
  • Leaving (2013)


Grammy Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2012 Himself Best New Artist Nominated
2012 "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" Best Dance Recording Won
2012 "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" Best Dance/Electronica Album Won
2012 Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go – "Cinema (Skrillex Remix)" Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical Won
2012 "First of the Year (Equinox)" Best Short Form Music Video Nominated
2012 "First of the Year (Equinox)" Best Short Form Music Video Nominated
2013 "Bangarang" Best Dance Recording Won
2013 "Bangarang" Best Dance/Electronica Album Won
2013 "Promises" (Skrillex & Nero Remix) Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical Won

MTV Video Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2012 "First of the Year (Equinox)" Best Electronic Dance Music Video Nominated
2012 "First of the Year (Equinox)" Best Visual Effects in a Video Won

Annie Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2013 "Wreck-it Ralph" Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production Won

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