Kyle Sokol

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Kyle Sokol
Kyle Sokol Warwick Artist.jpg
Kyle Sokol in Warwick basses Artist Profile Promo Pic
Background information
Birth name Kyle Sokol
Also known as OSK
Born (1974-10-31) October 31, 1974 (age 40)
Origin Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
Genres Ska, funk, jazz, metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass, double bass
Years active 25
Labels Citrus Records Octave Match Records
Associated acts Sectioned, Trust for Liars, Rude Squad, Seasons Of The Wolf, Must Not Kill
Website http://www.floridaskatemuseum.com and http://www.kylesokol.com
Notable instruments

Warwick Streamer LX Custom Shop model

Warwick Thumb Fretless Custom Shop model

Engelhardt 3/4 Upright "Double Bass"

Kyle Sokol is an American bassist and skateboarder. He is known for his style of bass playing that mostly consists of fast technical bass lines and has played in bands such as Sectioned, Trust for Liars, Rude Squad, Noble Jones, Philistines, Basmistist, Stretch, Leadfoot, Cadaveric Mass, The Lazarus Machine, Strict-9, Must Not Kill, and even the controversial Tampa industrial metal band Hell on Earth. The first thing most people notice is the position of his bass guitar while he is playing his electric basses, it is much higher than the usual "electric bass player's" positioning. He also did a metal project with vocalist Bryan Cegon from James Murphy's band Disincarnate, Roadrunner Records from 2001-2003. he currently has a new band with Bryan Cegon along side a member of Resurrection in the national death metal band Sectioned. One of his most active bands is Trust for Liars which includes former members of the well known Tampa Bay area based bands Trace of Day and Not Tonight Josephine. Kyle Sokol was also chosen for the touring bass position with Pure Steel Records recording artist Seasons Of The Wolf. Dates for the tour are yet to be announced, but they will consist of several metal music festivals throughout Europe. As of August 2012, Kyle Sokol has been endorsed by Warwick (bass guitar) amplifiers, cabinets, and basses and has a Warwick Streamer LX Custom and a Warwick Fretless Thumb bass (German Flag custom paint) as his main instruments. Kyle's latest endorsement is from TecAmp out of Germany, using their "Virtue Bass Cabinet" exclusively.

His playing is very jazz-oriented and he has provided a lot of new ideas for metal bass lines in the metal scene of Tampa, Florida. He also contributed to the long running Rivot Rag Tampa Bay metal music magazine / publication with a bass guitar column entitled "The Low End" for several years. He is one of the few bass players in metal that uses extensively the slap & pop playing technique, along with two-handed tapping. He was chosen by Kelly Shaefer of the Band Atheist to play while Kelly was in Neurotica and about to tour on Ozzfest. The reunion of Atheist never came to fruition for a myriad of reasons at that time. Kyle Sokol currently tours the South East with several bands. He teaches lessons privately and works as a session player in the Tampa, Florida area. Kyle Sokol has worked with, played with, and or recorded with artists such as Victor Wooten, Anthony Wellington, Steve Bailey, Chuck Rainey, Peter Frampton, Edgar Meyer, Stu Hamm, Howard Levy, Joseph Wooten, Future Man, Richard Bona, JD Blair, Anthony Jackson, 311, Matisyahu, Rancid, Pietasters, Framing Hanley, Everclear, and 10 Years to name a few. He has served as a part-time staff member with Victor Wooten at his Wooten Bass/Nature Camp in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kyle Sokol is also known for his sponsored and professional skateboarding career. He started skating in about 1983, and grew up skating with other local Florida pros such as Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Tony Simotes, Mike Daher, John A. Grigley, Monty Nolder, etc. In 2001, Kyle Sokol had an "oldschool style" pro model on Blitz Skateboards, which the company later changed the name to Subvert Skateboards due to legal issues with the prior name. Currently, Kyle Sokol skateboards for Murder Ride Skateboards[www.murderrideskateboards.com] based out of Clearwater, Florida and also rides for Webb Trucks. Kyle Sokol is commonly known as "Old School Kyle" or "OSK." Kyle Sokol also recently developed and founded the Florida Skate Museum, which captures the history of Florida skateboarding and decks from Florida riders.

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