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Sonny John Moore, better known as Skrillex, is an American electronic music producer, DJ, and former frontman for the post-hardcore band From First to Last. He grew up in the northeast of the city of Los Angeles. In 2004, he joined the American post-hardcore band From First to Last as the main singer, and recorded two studio albums (Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count-2004 and Heroine-2006). In 2007, he began to pursue a solo career, and his first tour launched later that year. After creating a new team, he joined the Alternative Press Tour to support bands such as All Time Low and The Rocket Summer. They also appeared on the cover of Alternative Press on "100 bands you need to know."
In 2009, he released Gypsyhook EP and planned to shoot his debut Studio album (the Bells) with producer Noah Shainem. The production of the album, however, stopped and he began performing under the name Skrillex. After having issued a minialbum My Name Is Skrillex, which was a free download on his official website on MySpace, he released the EP Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites later in 2010, and the EP More Monsters and Sprites in mid-2011. Both albums were commercially successful. On December 30, 2011 he was nominated for five Grammy Awards, including a nomination for best artist (54th Grammy). He won three: best dance/electronic album, best dance recording and best remixed recording. On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that Skrillex was nominated for their Sound of 2012. On December 12, 2011, MTV named Skrillex as the artist of the year, along with rising artists such as David Guetta and Deadmau5.