Skindred performing at LT's Bar and Grill in Rockford, Illinois on June 15, 2009.
|Genres||Alternative metal, nu metal, reggae rock|
|Labels||BMG, Warner Bros., MCA, Bieler Bros., Lava, Atlantic DoubleCross|
|Associated acts||Dub War, Mass Mental|
Dan Sturgess (live)
|Past members||Jeff "Death" Rose
Martyn "Ginge" Ford
Skindred is a Welsh rock band from Newport formed in 1998 following the disbandment of vocalist Benji Webbe's previous band, Dub War. Skindred's musical style mixes heavy metal, alternative rock, punk rock and reggae. The band also integrate elements of dancehall, jungle, hardcore, ska, hip hop, drum and bass, dubstep and various other influences into their music.
Dub War was formed in Newport in 1993, and eventually signed with Earache Records. According to vocalist Benji Webbe, "They would not let us record and just wouldn't give us money to live on, this made us fight internally till we had no option other than to go our separate ways or kill someone or each other." Dub War disbanded in 1998, and Webbe formed Skindred with bassist Daniel Pugsley, guitarist Mikey Demus, and drummer Dirty Arya Goggin after Webbe was unable to put together a new project featuring other members of Dub War. In 2002, Skindred released its debut album, Babylon. After being reissued in 2003 by RCA Records, the album was re-released by Lava Records on August 14, 2004. Allmusic writer Johnny Loftus wrote that "Skindred doesn't seem to consciously want the reinvention tag; it has simply tapped into the same lack of pretension that fueled Korn and Living Colour's Vivid -- records that were made visionary by an unadulterated honesty in both delivery and craft. [...] highly recommended for fans of literate genre jumpers like Soulfly and System of a Down, or any heshers looking for some heavy-hitting firepower that hasn't fallen victim to the anvil of corporate assimilation."
In the United States, Babylon charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart, No. 5 on the Top Heatseekers chart and at No. 189 on the Billboard 200, and the single "Nobody" peaked at No. 14 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and at No. 23 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in 2004. In 2005, the single "Pressure" peaked at No. 30 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In 2006, Babylon once again charted at No. 1 on the Top Reggae Albums chart. On October 23, 2007, Skindred released its second album, Roots Rock Riot on Bieler Bros. Records. In the United States, the album peaked at No. 6 on the Top Heatseekers chart and at No. 22 on the Top Independent Albums chart. The album Shark Bites and Dog Fights was released in September 2009.
In 2011, Dan Sturgess was added to Skindred's live lineup (it's still unconfirmed whether or not he will be a full-time member although he has appeared in almost all of Skindred's publicity shots since his addition). The band's fourth studio album, Union Black, was released April 25, 2011 exclusively to the UK & Europe. On July 1, it was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The band promoted this with a UK tour, supported by American post-hardcore group Chiodos and Blackpool band Me Vs Hero. The London show was filmed for Scuzz TV in the UK. Skindred also played at several major European festivals including Download Festival on the Acoustic Stage (Friday) and Main Stage (Saturday), Boardmasters Festival, Wacken Open Air, Przystanek Woodstock, and Sonisphere Festival in Spain and Switzerland, the Swiss leg of Sonisphere being notable for the first live performance of Warning with Jacoby Shaddix, whose band Papa Roach was also performing at Sonisphere in Switzerland.
In April 2013, the band officially announced the title for their new album to be 'Kill The Power'. 
Musical style 
Skindred fuse heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, electronica and reggae influences to create a unique style and sound. The band refers to this style as "Ragga metal". Benji Webbe has also jokingly referred to the band's musical style as "nu-reggae", in reference to the term nu metal. Although Skindred has sometimes been compared to Bad Brains, Webbe states that "To someone who doesn't know anything about reggae music, of course we're going to sound like Bad Brains. It's like someone who doesn't know anything about opera might say that Pavarotti sounds just like Mario Lanza. But when your ears are trained and you know what you're looking for, you're going to say, 'Shit no, Mario Lanza don't sound nothing like Pavarotti.'"
Band members 
- Benji Webbe — Vocals, electronics (1998–present)
- Daniel Pugsley — Bass, electronics, backing vocals (1998–present)
- Michael Fry (a.k.a. Mikey Demus) — Guitar, backing vocals (2002–present)
- Arya Goggin (a.k.a. Dirty Arya) — Drums and falsetto (2002–present)
Former members 
Touring members 
- Dan Sturgess (a.k.a. Gubbins, Bruno, Brixton, Arthur, Sanchez, DredDred, Dredreggae, Hugo, Winston, Alexander, Darius) - DJ, samples, pouting, thrusting, electronics (2011–present)