Skoyz is an Electro-industrial duo from Lyon, France.
…After several collaborations with some industrial, rock or cold-wave bands in the 80s, Stéphane A. discovered Frontline Assembly and Front 242 in 1988. 1995 – with a small synthesiser and an old sampler, Stéphane starts to create the spirit of what will become the musical style of SKOYZ. He meets Nico who takes part to the project and Stéphane B. joins the band with his guitar. 1996 – the first demo-tape, “Sofistik 8”, presents 4 EBM and crossover tracks. The first reviews are very enthusiastic. SKOYZ play their first “big” concert as support-act for Inertia. 1999/2000 – after 2 years of silence and movements in the line-up (Stéphane B. leaves the band), SKOYZ are back for 2 concerts as support-act for VNV Nation and publish a 5-track demo-CD “Lies”. 2001/2002 – the band sign a contract with the German label Trisol/Matrix Cube. 12 April 2002 – release-date of the first album, “Decay”. 2003 – SKOYZ appears on several compilations and magazines (Orkus, Sonic Seducer…) The band plays many concerts, one of them as support-act for Funker Vogt. 2004 – Several gigs (Lille, Rouen…), many remixes (Beta, Schattenschlag, Infekktion, Void Kampf…) and sampler appearances 2005 – Cortex Records becomes the official booking agency of SKOYZ who play with their friends Neon Cage Experiment in Stockholm. SKOYZ write remixes for Implant, The Crystalline Effect, Syrian, etc. The second album, “Hologram”, is announced to be released by Black Flames Records in September… unfortunately, this label disappears! The band asks its agency, Cortex Records, who did release the CDs of Neon Cage Experiment and Wired Brain in the past. Cortex Records book SKOYZ for a gig with Haujobb, Psyche, K-Bereit, N.C.E., Punish Yourself, Tamtrum, Clan of Xymox, etc… at the 5th Heaven’s Gate Festival. 2006 – the consecration Daniel B. himself invites SKOYZ to play in Brussels in March in front of 2000 persons for the 25th anniversary celebration of Front 242. For this event, Cortex Records released “Hologram”, this long awaited second album of SKOYZ, including 9 new tracks + 6 remixes by Interlace, Neon Cage Experiment, The Crystalline Effect, Polygon, SKOYZ themselves and Daniel Myer (Destroïd / Haujobb). At the same time, the American label BLC choosed one track of SKOYZ (“Distorted Dreams – Condition Zero Mix by Schattenschlag”) to appear on the double-CD sampler “Interbreeding VIII” and other unreleased tracks or remixes will be published on some international compilations soon.
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