Six Sense Records

Skyko

Being an East Coast man on the West Coast does not influence ones sensibilities as much as relocating and spending time in different parts of the world.  Probably the largest influential factor that shifted Skyko’s taste for EDM into overdrive was the move to Europe in 1993.  He explains, “I was writing music for a stage show that was debuting in the West End of London.  Someone took me out to Elephant & Castle and I was transfixed by what was happening there. The Ministry Of Sound? – Whoah! I had never heard music like that in my life!”

A year in England, a month in Amsterdam and another year and a half touring throughout Europe planted an aural seed that began to flourish upon his return to Los Angeles.  The quest for the ingredients to compose these warm, lush, analogue sounds had begun.

A couple of friends had also recently returned from Europe and were as fired up about the music as Skyko was.  Both Steve Castro and TJ Hoban opened a few very successful clubs in Los Angeles and Skyko had the pleasure and privilege to perform at them regularly from about 1994-2000.  Skyko recalls one show that had a particular impact, “We did an ongoing live, electronic show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas in ’97 that was off the hook!  I wrote 45 minutes of original music that was a mix of house, trance and breaks.  We had computers, keyboards, guitars, live and electronic drums onstage with a cast of 10 professional dancers, lasers, costumes and props. Man, those two guys were like 10 years ahead of their time.  What an amazing experience it was to be a part of that back then!”

In 2000 he moved to Japan and added DJ to his menu of musical abilities.  It was then that his productions began to take shape.  Skyko relates his musical progress, “I had classical violin training from a very young age and I also began writing rock music early on as well, so the transition to dance music was not one without it’s share of difficulties.  In many ways all the prior musical experience helped, but it was also difficult to break out of that rock & roll mold. Now with the addition of Dubstep into the electronic arena, I can delve back into those roots and grunge it up a bit . . . you know, get my hands dirty again!”

In this new controversial world of monstrous 50 foot LED screens and pre-mixed DJ sets triggering massive lighting arrays – Skyko is one performer that has been on a 20 year quest to entertain the dance community not by pushing play, but by pushing the parameters of what can be expected of a veteran EDM musician, DJ and performer.

 


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