DJ Skull can be counted as one of the strongest identities fronting the vanguard sound of Chicago’s underground.
DJ Skull can be counted as one of the strongest identities fronting the vanguard sound of Chicago’s underground. His stylistic nonpareil is reflected in his ability to ebb and flow between harder techno and windycity, house music soul. It’s this transient that DJ Skull operates, picked up by the likes of Ryan Elliot for his fabric 88 mix to tougher, old school mixes, 20 years before, by Fumiya Tanaka. A DJ’s DJ also, Skull’s skill set comes through his arc of playing basements parties and lofts to working through Chicago’s clubs to become iconography, during house music’s most epochal times, of legendary venues Power Plant and Musik Box.
Criss-crossing Europe and the US today, the American DJ is a seasoned professional, with over 30 years experience, and live show, internationally demonstrating why he remains a secret weapon in the booth. Thundering a sound that reinterprets the musical tropes of his Chi-Wax releases, Djax bombs, and funk semantics heard elsewhere (Sect, Mentha, Majestic), Skull brings a deep-rooted knowledge and command to the live realm. A luminary behind the controls, and artist who measures in notoriety alongside mentors and contemporaries Ron Hardy, Phuture’s Roy Davis Jnr to Steve Poindexter and Mike Dearborne. Not only is DJ Skull pure essence of the future sound of Chicago, but its embodiment.
Selected discography DJ Skull
Releases: N.R.G. Music 12" Saber Records 1991 Stompin' Grounds 12" Djax-Up-Beats 1993 Met"L"Gear 12" Djax-Up-Beats 1994 Skitzo Frantic EP 12" Red Cat Records 1994 Nuclear Fall Out 12" Djax-Up-Beats 1994 Hard Drive 2x12" Djax-Up-Beats 1995 Raw Form Anger 12" Djax-Up-Beats 1995 Stress 2x12" Djax-Up-Beats 1996 Phuture The Next Generation-Times Fade 12" Djax-Up-Beats 1996 The Graveyard Orchestra (Original & Remixes) 12" Djax-Up-Beats 1997 Phuture 303 12" Warner Bros. 1997 Analog Ritual 12" Majesty Recordings 1997 What Y'all Want 12" Dense Electron-X 1998 When Will I Be Free 12" Majesty Recordings 1998 The Internet Server 211 12" Djax-Up-Beats 1999 Impromptu Analysis 12" Djax-Up-Beats 2000 Chronicle Synopsis 12" Djax-Up-Beats 2000 Ron Maney Presents: Two Entites 12" Relief Records DJ Skull vs. Hyperactive 2x12" Hybrid 1996 DJ Skull vs. ESP 12" Communique Records Intensity 12" Hybrid 1997 REMIXES Mental EP Braindead II (DJ Skull Remix) 12" Plastic City America The Sound of Eukatech Braindeath II (DJ Skull Remix) 2xCD Eukatech Electro Revenge Lovers (DJ Skull & Roy Davis) CD Technoclub Metro (Joey Beltram) Metro (DJ Skull Remix) 12" Tresor The Deb Project Visions of the Future Vol. 2 (Gene Farris) (DJ Skull & Roy Davis 12” Force Inc. US United DJ's of America Vol. 6 Braindead II (DJ Skull Remix) CD Moonshine I Love Techno 3 Visions of the Future (DJ Skull & Roy Davis CD News Arachnophobia Arachnophobia (Akilah Bryant) (DJ Skull & Cari Lekebusch Remix) 2x12" Hybrid Machinery-A Plastic City America Comp Braindead II (DJ Skull Remix) CD UCMG New York Beats 4 Freaks Visions of the Future (DJ Skull & Roy Davis) CD Mooshine Robodisco Visions of the Future (DJ Skull & Roy Davis) CD Papercuts Acid Wiss "L" 2002 Acid Wiss "L" & Remix 12" Technasia CO-PRODUCTIONS Akilah Bryant Urban Electronics Djax-Up-Beats Akilah Bryant Black Widow Djax-Up-Beats III Hydrolic Acid '94 Strictly Rhythm Terrance McDonald Wreck the Floor Djax-Up-Beats Ellery Cowles Sonic Control Djax-Up-Beats Ellery Cowles Hybrid Ron Maney & Cari Lekebusch Intensity EP Hybrid