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Sonny Moore was born in California in 1988, and his career as a musician began at the age of 16. Growing up around Los Angeles, and finding himself part of the musically experimental culture burgeoning there, in 2004 he became front man for post-hardcore rock band, From First to Last. They had some moderate success, releasing two studio albums and featuring on several high-profile rock tours in California and the rest of the America. However, after vocal problems caused Moore to require surgery, he resigned from the band permanently to pursue a solo career.
After a couple of short tours and plans for a studio album in his original style, Moore changed direction. At this time, Moore began performing under the stage name Skrillex and moved into electronic music, which was the start of his real musical successes. He began performing live DJ sets around the LA club scene but moved into studio recording in 2009. Influenced by the unusual electronic sounds of deadmau5, Benny Bennassi and
Aphex Twin, he began to develop his own uniquely modern take on the dance music scene. He began receiving industry notice and attracted fans by remixing famous pop hits such as Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and Sensual Seduction by Snoop Dog.
In 2010, after releasing his EP, My Name is Skrillex, as a free digital download, he was signed up to the deadmau5 record label, Mau5trap. Once signed, he released a second EP, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, which featured the hit club single, Kill Everybody. By this time, Skrillex was a name on the lips of all the club kids and he was making news in the mainstream pop music media. After a collaboration with the surviving members of The Doors, which was featured in the documentary RE:Generation, and an appearance on the revived cult TV show Beavis and Butthead in 2011, Skrillex went from an underground hero to a musician of international renown. His third EP, Bangarang and its title single were huge hits in the UK, Ireland and all over Europe.
In 2011, he was nominated for five Grammy Music Awards, winning in three categories. That same year, he received the MTV VMA for electronic dance music artist of the year. Two years later, he won a further three Grammys, winning all the categories for which he was nominated. He has also received recognition in the UK, with the BBC nominating him for their Sound of 2012 award.