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Trevor McFedries
Yung Skeeter Promo Picture.jpg
Yung Skeeter / DJ Skeet Skeet
Background information
Born November 27, 1985
Los Angeles, CA
Genres
Occupation(s) DJ, music producer, director, A&R, manager
Years active 2006–present
Labels Dim Mak Records
Associated acts Katy Perry, Sky Ferreira, Azealia Banks, 3OH!3, BANKS, Mike Posner, Jessie and The Toy Boys, Space Cowboy, Nadia Oh, Ke$ha, Chris Brown
Website www.eatskeet.com

Trevor McFedries[1][2] (born November 27, 1985), was known professionally as Yung Skeeter and formerly known as DJ Skeet Skeet,[3][4] is an American DJ, producer, director, manager, and recording artist[5] currently signed to Dim Mak Records.[6] He has worked as a DJ, producer, and director for acts like Katy Perry, Azealia Banks, Chris Brown,[5] Steve Aoki, and others.[7] He toured alongside Katy Perry on her 2011 California Dreams Tour.[8] He has also performed at festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella.[9] In 2008, he was given the "People's Choice Award for Best DJ" by Paper Magazine.[10] Skeeter is also an Artist Advocate at Spotify[8] and a brand ambassador for VitaminWater.[11]

Early life[edit]

McFedries grew up in Davenport, Iowa.[8][12] In high school, he was a "football star"[13] and enjoyed playing basketball.[5] He moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was 16.[14] He earned a college scholarship to play football but dropped out of college and moved back to LA.[15] Los Angeles has been his "home base" since that time. He started DJing at the age of 19.[14]

Music career[edit]

As DJ Skeet Skeet, McFedries' music career took off in earnest in 2007 when he met Shwayze and Cisco Adler.[16] The three created a partnership that would culminate in the 2008 release of a self-titled album. The album made it to the top 10 on the Billboard charts with two songs ("Buzzin'" and "Corona and Lime") that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 list.[17] The popularity of the trio led to the creation of a short-lived reality television series on MTV called Buzzin'.[18] Also in 2008, DJ Skeet Skeet was given the "People's Choice Award for Best DJ" by Paper Magazine.[10] He also became the first DJ to perform at the entire slate of shows on the Warped Tour in 2008.[13]

By 2011, he had worked with acts like Chris Brown, Ke$ha, 3OH!3, Bonde do Rolê, and Sky Ferreira, creating remixes of their tracks and producing various songs.[14] In 2011, he also opened for Katy Perry on her California Dreams arena tour,[8] sharing a stage with both Perry and Robyn.[19] McFedries and Perry had been friends long before the tour.[14] During this time, he worked as a producer in the A&R department at Photo Finish Records.[20][21]

In 2012, he decided to change his stage name to "Yung Skeeter," because radio stations were not allowed to say "DJ Skeet Skeet" on the air.[3] He released several original tracks under this new moniker, including "Stand Again"[4][6] and "I Like It Loud."[19] He also produced and provided beats for various songs for other artists. Skeeter made his directorial debut in 2012, directing the music videos for Steve Aoki's "Control Freak" and NERVO's "We're All No One."[6]

Since 2012, Yung Skeeter has been an Artist Advocate on the Artist Relations Team at Spotify alongside D.A. Wallach of Chester French.[8][22] His relationship with Steve Aoki (who runs Dim Mak Records) vaulted Skeeter into a position hosting a radio show on iHeartRadio for Dim Mak Records. Skeeter continues to host the show.[8][16] In 2013, he became a spokesman for VitaminWater alongside acts like B.o.B., Matt and Kim, and Santigold. He performed with these three acts in Boring, Oregon as part of VitaminWater's "Make Boring Brilliant" campaign. He has also appeared in ads for the company.[11]

Lily Taylor, an aspiring model showed Skeeter a few tracks from the LA-based singer, BANKS in 2013.[23] Upon hearing the songs, he immediately offered to manage her career and did, up until her signing with MONOTONE INC.[24] He helped get her signed to UK-based record company Good Years Recordings. BANKS' debut album, Goddess, was executive produced by Yung Skeeter.[23] He also produced "Wallace" on Azealia Banks' 2014 album, Broke with Expensive Taste.[25]

Discography[edit]

Singles and remixes[edit]

Solo artist[edit]

Year Single/Remix Album
2013 "Next to Me" feat. Nevaeh (with Wax Motif)[26] N/A
2013 "Hush Hush" (with Wax Motif)[26] N/A
2013 "It's Alright" by Matt and Kim (remix as Yung Skeeter)[15] N/A
2012 "Stand Again"[6][15] Stand Again[26]
2012 "I Like It Loud"[19] N/A
2012 "#1 In Heaven" by MNDR (remix as DJ Skeet Skeet)[27] N/A
2011 "Push It" feat. Yelawolf by Jessie and the Toy Boys (remix as DJ Skeet Skeet)[28] Push It (feat. Yelawolf) - The Remixes
2011 "A Dream Within a Dream" by The Glitch Mob (remix as DJ Skeet Skeet)[29] Drink The Sea: The Remixes Vol 1
2011 "Hold On" by The Chain Gang of 1974 (remix as Skeet with Seaton)[30] Wayward Fire (Deluxe Edition)
2011 "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People (remix as DJ Skeet Skeet)[31] N/A
2011 "Blah Blah Blah" by Ke$ha (remix as DJ Skeet Skeet)[32] I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance: The Remix Album
2010 "Bizarro Funk" feat. Skeet Skeet by DZ[33] Bizarro Funk E.P.

Member of Shwayze[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
US AUT CAN GER SUI
2008 "Buzzin'" 46 45 80 31 63 Shwayze
"Corona and Lime" 23
2009 "Get U Home" Let It Beat
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Albums[edit]

Member of Shwayze[edit]

Year Information Chart positions[17] Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap CAN
2008 Shwayze
  • First studio album
  • Released: August 19, 2008
10 5 3 92 Sales: 135,262+
2009 Let It Beat
  • Second studio album
  • Released: November 3, 2009
55 3 Sales: 10,764+

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodbard, Matt (4 December 2012). "Yung Skeeter Sends In His 5 Favorite Music Videos Featuring Food [NSFW]". Food Republic. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "10 New Artists You Need to Know: August 2014". Rolling Stone. August 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Pulling Teeth: Yung Skeeter Interview". Pull Teeth. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Nusgart, Erica (20 November 2012). "FUNKY BEAT ALERT: Yung Skeeter - Stand Again (Solidisco Remix)". Buzznet. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Keyes, Sarah (24 July 2013). "30 Under 30: L.A.'s Bright Young Things". Refinery29. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Yung Skeeter". Bang Tidy Music. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Villa, Lucas J. (2 July 2012). "DJ Steve Aoki throws an '80s-styled party with Blaqstarr and My Name is Kay in "Control Freak" music video (Video)". The Celebrity Cafe. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f R, Leanne (8 February 2013). "INTERVIEW: Yung Skeeter". Listen, Look and Live. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Benson, Ian (20 April 2012). "SpringFest performers 2012". The Wooster Voice. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Craig, Carolina Torem; Alexis Swerdloff (17 November 2008). "About Last Night... PAPER's Fourth Annual Nightlife Awards Presented by Diesel". Paper Magazine. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Brilliance Accomplished: B.o.B, Matt & Kim, Santigold and Yung Skeeter Help Make Boring Brilliant". Fuse. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Culley, Liz (18 September 2013). "ARTIST OF THE DAY: Yung Skeeter Dreams Big". MySpace. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Niccum, Jon (1 October 2013). Worst Gig: From Psycho Fans to Stage Riots, Famous Musicians Tell All. Sourcebooks. ISBN 1402284950. 
  14. ^ a b c d Mann, Paul (26 August 2011). "Paul Mann: Hot New DJ Skeet Skeet Blazing a Trail". Noozhawk. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c "Yung Skeeter". www.beatport.com. Beatport. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Carletto, Tina (21 November 2012). "Inside The Mind of Yung Skeeter". Joonbug. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  17. ^ a b Cohen, Jonathan (27 August 2008). "Jonas Brothers Begin Second Week At No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 28 August 2008. 
  18. ^ "It's the "Best Summer Ever!!!!!" For Cisco Adler and Skeet Skeet of Shwayze". Paper Magazine. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c "Go backstage on the California Dreams tour with DJ Skeet Skeet!". Teen Vogue. August 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  20. ^ Meyrick, Richard (11 August 2011). "DJ Skeet Skeet joins Photo Finish Records to help spearhead A&R operations!". AltSounds. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "Yung Skeeter to Spin at Bazaar: Under The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas June 30". Vegas News. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  22. ^ Dredge, Stuart (29 October 2013). "How Spotify and its digital music rivals can win over artists: 'Just include us'". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Hutchinson, Kate (30 August 2014). "Banks: ‘I’m being as honest as I can’". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  24. ^ Bliss, Sara (5 November 2014). "Why Buzzy Singer Banks Gives Out her Phone Number". Yahoo!. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  25. ^ Stern, Bradley (10 November 2014). "‘Broke With Expensive Taste': Azealia Banks Puts Her Money Where Her Mouth Is (Album Review)". MuuMuse. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  26. ^ a b c "Yung Skeeter". www.Spotify.com. Spotify. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "#1 In Heaven DJ Skeet Skeet Remix". www.beatport.com. Beatport. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "Push It (feat. Yelawolf) - The Remixes". itunes.apple.com. iTunes. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "Drink The Sea: The Remixes Vol 1". www.theglitchmob.com. The Glitch Mob. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  30. ^ "Wayward Fire (Deluxe Edition)". itunes.apple.com. iTunes. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  31. ^ "Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks (Skeet Skeet Remix) : Very Sick New Summer Indie / House Remix". This Song is Sick. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  32. ^ Sciarretto, Amy (24 February 2011). "Kesha to Release First-Ever Remix Album". PopCrush. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  33. ^ "Bizarro Funk". www.Amazon.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 

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