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The Flying Skulls are a hard-hitting, West Coast production crew that rocks dub-step, live mpc sets, and stage-raging electronic music. The Skulls have made a name for themselves by destroying festival dancefloors and leaving a trail of ecstatic music fans across the US. Since their inception in 2008, their own brand of slippery basslines, crunked out beats, and distorted synths has been captivating rooms and inducing spontaneous dance. It's live West Coast Bass at it's best. The Flying Skulls have shared billing with musicians such as Common, DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, Les Claypool, Ghostland Observatory STS9, Lotus, The Glitch Mob, Shpongle, Ott, Jack Dangers, and UFO!
“A heavyweight collection of nasty synths, wobbly basslines and crunked out glitchy beats so dirty you’d swear they robbed their MPC players off a crack dealer.” - ChromeKids
"Expect ferocious units geared with space age machinery and foot soldiers parading the illest beats. These cats together posses a schizophrenic style that blasts through free-jazz out thereness..." – The SF Bay Guardian
J.Tonal is a well known fixture of the Bay Area Electronic and Controllerist scenes. He is a Flying Skulls founder and producer/remixer/controllerist who bangs out live finger-drumming on the MPC2500.
Esau is a melody addict and synth engineer known for crafting razor sharp bass lines and seen live playing keys on the MS2000, Mikro Korg, or hitting progressive melodies on the MPC1000.
The Flying Skulls have been off the grid most of 2012, and instead of playing shows, they have been in the studio crafting a new live rig which has at it’s heart, a shift to live MPC performance. With the help of 16squarez.com, the Skulls have been outfitted with custom MPCs and have been steeping and fermenting their sound into mashfest of finger-drumming and floor-moving bass.
West Coast Bass: Refixed —- Jan 2013, 1320 Records
Abstracted from the Skulls’ second studio album comes a expertly crafted collection of remixes from some of the best minds in electronic music. West Coast Bass: Refixed features tracks from Mochipet, Project Aspect, The Bins, Shygone Beats, Professor Bang, Nonagon, and more. Until the full release drops on 1320 Records this fall, enjoy a sneak peek courtesy of Colorado bass champion Project Aspect on the Skulls’ website.
Upcoming shows and events can be found on the http://www.theflyingskulls.com/