Today we’d like to introduce you to Skizmatik.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
We’re a 4-piece grunge-hop (grunge and hip hop) group centered around the collective idea that not only can we create dynamic instrumentation but also can power a movement in people.
We started out as four guys working in music separately, from house of blues, to music box, to observatory and even already pronounced in the scene. We saw something vibrational within each other and had to create. Each of our members has a key piece to the group. Ocalypse, a musician in his own right and a veteran walked across the country to raise awareness for veteran’s mental health.
Dirty a well-established bi-lingual local rapper whose talent stunned us, has the heart of San Diego on his back. Rebel City born on the east coast made his way west to create a movement using music as his Barreta And Jon Cox is perhaps the strangest mullet having, half-mustached man you’ll ever meet. But damn is he committed to his craft.
Please tell us about your art.
Since we have multiple members, we all create in different ways. We all come from different backgrounds but we all lean towards a similar taste and with that taste it led us to grunge-hop. It’s a blend of genres but also a feeling we all are simultaneously experiencing and it shows through our art. It’s pretty cool how the art and lyrics we write individually, also becomes a reflection of what we as are going through as a society as a whole. Some of our lyrics are about political change or self-growth while maybe another verse is absolutely meaningless and nothing but a string of very well thought out words that rhyme. Somehow it works out, like meaningless interactions that might lead to something greater. Our music is that separation from the norm and we pride ourselves on that. We all are searching for something better and that’s not an easy road when you’re not mainstream. Creating different music is what we want to do and it fits all of our personalities and the best part is, is that you can pick whatever message you want to get out of our music like those create your own story books you had as a kid.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
We don’t know but if we can guess that success comes from continuously moving forward and if we keep moving forward then to us we are successful. It all depends on the rate. We have different members, and I know that there is at least one of us who’d want to be “famous” tomorrow if he could but then maybe another member who just wants to build a way to make living off doing what you love. But that’s where the fun comes in and we all joke about it and imagine. Success is going to come to us eventually no matter where we all are (even if its living in a shack at the beach) and that’s because we do our best to remain original in our art and to ourselves.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
We are local artists so you can always find us around town. We have our debut album coming out soon so follow us on social media to find out when that’s happening and then if you listen to our music and you want to see us perform just hit us up on social media. Usually you can find us at Hope for Homeless, which is an event for people to bring canned foods and donations for the homeless. It’s held on Wednesdays at Blonde Bar in Mission Hills and usually starts around 5. We have also opened up for Del the Funky Homosapien and more recently Shwayze which has been a lot of fun and we are excited to see who else we can add to that list.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skizmatik_official/
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/skizmatik-official/tomorrow
Tyler Ryan Mann