The Flying Skulls is a nu school, crunked-out production crew that rocks cutting edge dub-step, breaks, and stage-raging electro. Consisting of experienced producer/performers, who all have their own raucous styles and signatures, The Flying Skulls brings the future-soundz of the modern dance music studio and interpolates them through the filter of live performance. The group can captivate a room with melodic, explosive beats, or whip up a dance floor with nasty, floor-melting bass music.
The Flying Skulls first started destroying dance floors in 2008. Originally the brainchild of Lowpro Lounge co-founder Jeff Wareham (J.Tonal) as a way to bring the precision of the recording studio to the dance floor. J.Tonal had been creating music and throwing events in the SF Bay Area for over 8 years, sharing billing with musicians such as DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, Les Claypool, Amon Tobin, Prefuse 73, Shpongle, and Ott. Growing up in the foothills of Northern California, J.Tonal was forced at an early age to go in search of a different sound. After moving to LA and immersing himself in the Hip Hop and Electronic music scenes, he started producing in a style that crossed between those two genres. In 1999 he moved to SF and met up with James Christopher, founding the Lowpro Lounge, throwing over 200 events world-wide, and starting the innovative record label Lowpro Lounge Recordings. J.Tonal’s tracks form the root of the Skulls sound, and by all accounts, they’re getting bigger, badder, and more fun to dance to.
Another longtime Skulls collaborator is San Francisco's quadruple-threat DJ, Producer, MC, and visual artist Citizen Ten (aka The Zap Tap aka Justin Smith). This diabolical scratch-wizard came-up in Southern California, and has been making music and rocking out with other Southland beat junkies like Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer, Samiam, as well as DJing behind Abstract Rude and sharing billing with DJ Logic, The Glitch Mob, and N.E.R.D. Citizen Ten is a well known taste-maker in SF, co-founding the longtime oasis for west coast bass music: Change the Beat with local legend DJ Centipede (aka Mophono), and scratching on remixes for STS9 and Lotus. The man's record collection is dark and mysterious and it's hard to find someone better at complicated melody and rhythm scratching. His fader-gymnastics lends the butter of analog-love to the Skulls sonic weaponry.
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Jarvez Turnage, aka Snareface, is a producer and MPC master who rocks ill'ed-out drum lines and crushing original maneuvers on those famous Akai pads. "I enjoy shaking my ass and get people to shake their asses with me. I like making the walls shake as well." Armed with nothing more than an MPC1000, the kid with the huge afro gets SLUNK, juggling basslines and dropping snares so off-beat you won’t hear them until tomorrow. This SF vet has been working with the Lowpro crew since 2004 and you can see fire in his eyes. Don’t mess.
Jerome Forney is a stuntman-turned-DJ, producer, and a dope rattler of bones from the hot and dry Middle-East of CA. An alum of the X’pressions Media Center, Forney pulverizes floorboards with an arsenal that includes a Korg MS 2000, an Access Virus, and some of the meanest sounds this side of the Rio Grande. " I mean, music is my life. What gets me isn’t the notes themselves, or even the physicality of playing music, but the underlying language-less-ness of being really really crunked-out. I’m a softie for crunkologists." This kid is trying to cram more wobble in your WAP WAP WAP , thank him.
Ribotto is a producer from the great white North who rocks original tracks, live keys, and dirty bass sounds. This producer-extraordinaire came up as a long-haired, six- stringed folk hero simmering in LA's Venice Beach area. His exposure to the Psy-trance scene sent him on another road completely. Now he brings to the Skulls that trance and techno edge, whether on his nasty Mini Moog, or shredding the keytar. (Yes, he has a keytar.)