American-born Sonny John Moore began his musical career in 2004 as the singer for the post-hardcore band From First to Last. He stayed with the band long enough to record two albums before leaving in 2007 to launch his solo career. His new project gained rapid success, and he was soon featured on the cover of Alternative Press’ yearly 100 Bands You Need to Know Issue. Roughly one year later, he disbanded the project and turned in a new direction, taking on the name Skrillex.
After releasing his debut under his new moniker in 2010—the My Name is Skrillex EP—Skrillex found rapid recognition, being signed to Deadmau5’s label mau5trap then joining him on a nationwide tour, releasing a number of tracks that were featured on video games, commercials, and television shows (including the first episode of the Beavis and Butthead revival), and producing tracks for and collaborating with hit artists such as Korn, Knife Party, and Kaskade.
In 2011, Skrillex was nominated for five Grammys, winning three. That same year, the BBC nominated him for the Sounds of 2012 poll. Shortly after that, he was recognized as Electronic Dance Music Artist of the Year by MTV. Since then, he has gone on to win another three Grammys.