The Flying Skulls


The Flying Skulls is a nu school, crunked-out production crew that rocks cutting edge dub-step, breaks, and stage-raging electro. Consisting of experienced producer/performers, who all have their own raucous styles and signatures, The Flying Skulls brings the future-soundz of the modern dance music studio and interpolates them through the filter of live performance. The group can captivate a room with melodic, explosive beats, or whip up a dance floor with nasty, floor-melting bass music. 


The Flying Skulls first started destroying dance floors in 2008. Originally the brainchild of Lowpro Lounge co-founder Jeff Wareham (J.Tonal) as a way to bring the precision of the recording studio to the dance floor. J.Tonal had been creating music and throwing events in the SF Bay Area for over 8 years, sharing billing with musicians such as DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, Les Claypool, Amon Tobin, Prefuse 73, Shpongle, and Ott. Growing up in the foothills of Northern California, J.Tonal was forced at an early age to go in search of a different sound. After moving to LA and immersing himself in the Hip Hop and Electronic music scenes, he started producing in a style that crossed between those two genres. In 1999 he moved to SF and met up with James Christopher, founding the Lowpro Lounge, throwing over 200 events world-wide, and starting the innovative record label Lowpro Lounge Recordings. J.Tonal’s tracks form the root of the Skulls sound, and by all accounts, they’re getting bigger, badder, and more fun to dance to.


Another longtime Skulls collaborator is San Francisco's quadruple-threat DJ, Producer, MC, and visual artist Citizen Ten (aka The Zap Tap aka Justin Smith). This diabolical scratch-wizard came-up in Southern California, and has been making music and rocking out with other Southland beat junkies like Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer, Samiam, as well as DJing behind Abstract Rude and sharing billing with DJ Logic, The Glitch Mob, and N.E.R.D.  Citizen Ten is a well known taste-maker in SF, co-founding the longtime oasis for west coast bass music: Change the Beat with local legend DJ Centipede (aka Mophono), and scratching on remixes for STS9 and Lotus.  The man's record collection is dark and mysterious and it's hard to find someone better at complicated melody and rhythm scratching.  His fader-gymnastics lends the butter of analog-love to the Skulls sonic weaponry. 


Other Flying Skulls collaborators include Abstract Rude, Audio Angel, Snareface, Ribotto, and Jerome Forney.


The Flying Skulls have played with STS9, Lotus, Kode 9, Ott, Telepath, Boombox, Ana Sia, and Nick Thayer, at The Fox Theater CO, The Great American Music Hall SF, 1015 Folsom SF, Temple SF, Rialto Theater AZ, The Paegant MO, The Independent SF, and shared the bill with acts such as Ghostland Observatory, Common, The Black Keys, and Bassnectar.


  • Shared billing with DJ Logic, The Glitch Mob, and N.E.R.D.
  • Chromekids illustrated them as “The Kings of Improvisational beat-bashing”
  • Electronic musician Chris Clark described their sound as “melodiously mesmerizing and explosive beats…Innovative arsenal of dynamic drums and live precision”