Skye Strickler is an American singer-songwriter and producer based in Austin, Texas. He grew up in rural Kansas and discovered his passion for composition through the local theatre. He moved to Texas in 2012 to focus solely on his melodic obsessions.
He soon found himself in a notable downtown residency, of which Austin.com said “he pulls you into the songs he sings and doesn’t let you go..” Since releasing his debut EP “DNA” in 2017, Where Did You Go and Dance the Night Away have won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize and a separate, affiliated showcase performance on the NAMM Show’s Grand Plaza Central Stage. The Iola Register calls the track “a torrent of notes, glittery, synthetic, a light show for the ears” and The Orange County Register and Austin.com called him a “rising star”. He has headlined Portland Pride, represented local Austin talent at the 2ND Street Soundcheck Festival, multiple showcases during SXSW, has released a track with Dancing Astronaut, has joined the Austin Music Foundation’s Artist of the Month alumni, and will be partnering with Facebook during the nationally recognized Austin Pride Parade on August 26th with his song Dance the Night Away.
With each song on DNA of a different sub-pop genre, they perfectly depict the larger picture Strickler had been challenging; to disembody his songwriting from any performance expectations and permanently push the bounds of his comfort zone. From piano ballad to electronic dance, big band swing-pop to a rap feature, and noted along the way with uplifting messages and self-empowerment, there’s little uncovered in Strickler’s first five tracks. Pushing his borders, his bubblegum empowerment pop is continuing to grow both through performance and collaborations. Expect to hear more great feel-good tunes coming soon.
Super-short bio: Austin’s emerging pop artist Skye Strickler is breaking barriers with his cross-pop, genre-bending songwriting skills. His EP “DNA” has won him the John Lennon Songwriting Contest twice this year, and Austin.com & The Orange County Register both called him a “rising star” last month. He’s been named Austin Music Foundation’s May Artist of the Month, headlined Portland Pride Festival, and is partnering with Facebook at Austin Pride this August.
At 24 years old, the budding pop star promises all pop, all positivity, all the time. Embracing a bubble gum beat, his music is infused with optimism – and it sets him apart.. More than just a pretty face, Strickler writes his own songs and musical arrangements, helps produce the tracks, and prepares them for live shows.
..around the 48-second mark, it breaks open, achieving a new speed — a torrent of notes, glittery, synthetic, a light show for the ears. But it’s that voice again — still controlled, but more powerful now, louder, lifted on a raft of ecstatic sound.
“Skye was a phenomenal artist to work with in every way! His energy on stage had the crowd pumped up from start to finish. His vocals and music were spot on! He even went to far as to help one of our festival goers plan a surprise marriage proposal during his set! We would highly recommend booking him and look forward to hopefully having him back to Portland Pride in the future!”
– Artemis Chase, Entertainment Chair of Portland Pride, 2017
“Skye was a wonderful musical addition to our annual Frost Fest event. As a city government we have certain restrictions on contracts and he was able to accommodate our needs which made the booking process easy and seamless. Skye was patient with all the changes we needed. He performed the music we asked for and had great interaction with the crowd. Working with an easy going, talented musician makes the event planning process much easier.”
– Heather Buller, Activities Coordinator, City of Harker Heights, 2017
“He’s got a lot of creativity! He is a great songwriter. It’s [DNA EP] absolutely fantastic. The songs are great. The performances are great. The production’s great. It’s a great, great, great EP, and a great way to come out!”
AUSTIN’S ARTIST OF THE MONTH BRINGING POP FLARE TO PORTLAND PRIDE; RELEASES FIRST MUSIC VIDEO
(AUSTIN, TEXAS – April 2017; source: Horison Entertainment) – He was just named Austin Music Foundation’s Artist of the Month in May, yet he rarely performs in the “Live Music Capital..”. Instead, he holes up in the studio and collaborates with producers internationally, crafting deliciously fresh yet tantalizing cross-genre pop and EDM anthems. But this June, Austin’s emerging pop artist Skye Strickler is making his festival and Pride debut on the Pride Northwest Mainstage and he’s bringing with him some energetic flare atypical of an independent artist.
The Orange County Register calls him a “rising star” with his lead single Where Did You Go, reviewed as “a light show for the ears” (The Iola Register). That and Dance the Night Away are two songs from his debut EP DNA which have won awards from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest this year alone. Along all he’s accomplished, though, he’s not a fan of one word: indie. And jumping onto one of the largest Pride Stages in the nation, he explains, “As an ‘indie’ artist, people seem to expect if you don’t go major, you’ll whittle away. I don’t want negative connotations associated with my career from labels I didn’t create. I want to push my boundaries as far as I can, wherever that may take me, and as whomever I may become.”
In a community almost counterintuitively laden with labels, it seems to be one of the few topics Strickler pushes back on. “I really hope some day soon we can just call ourselves the ‘Pride’ community. We’ll coalesce as all who were burned out for being the others the entire time.”
His music mirrors his pledge to promote inclusivity, opening the world to conversation, and remaining label-free. And he’s just released a music video, albeit of an acoustic rendition of his banger “I.C.E.”, showcasing his “breezy and smooth vocals” and accompanying guitar in the studio in his live recording (Austin.com). Watch the video, out June 11th, here. Even as an independent artist, he has managed a wildly fresh and consistent sound across multiple genres: a catchy big-band swing anthem in one song to an RnB beat accented by Saxophone EDM drops adjacent a rap feature in the next. All “Skye Strickler.” But what he does as a solo, emerging artist at his live shows is also rarely opted for emerging acts.
“I don’t mind performing without a band. At this stage in my career, I need to focus on making the best possible records in the studio and sharing those messages the most appropriately I possibly can live.” There’s no loss of marksmanship in sound design when translating the EDM drops to the stage. “I strive for sonic clarity, so I want people to hear the music the way it was designed. No loss in translation. Allows me the chance to focus on the connection with everyone else, not the band.”
The EP contains five original tracks, all but one boasting full production. The sixth track is a remix of a single released in April of 2016, Dance the Night Away, which Strickler says “originally gave me the push to finish the EP. I wanted to work with local Austin talent, and I’m glad it all came together. Every song is so different, but each song is one hundred percent me.”
You can listen to Skye Strickler’s debut EP DNA on any major streaming platform. Watch the new music video and learn more at skyestrickler.com