Kyle Sokol

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Kyle Sokol
Kyle Sokol at 97X Backyard BBQ
Background information
Born (1974-10-31) October 31, 1974 (age 42)
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
Genres Ska, funk, metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass
Labels Citrus, Octave Match
Associated acts Messiaxx, King of Denmark, Trace of Day, Sectioned, Trust for Liars, Rude Squad, Seasons of the Wolf, Must Not Kill

Kyle Sokol is an American bassist and skateboarder. He has played in bands such as Trace of Day, Sectioned, Trust for Liars, Rude Squad, King of Denmark, Noble Jones, Philistines, Basmistist, Stretch, Leadfoot, Cadaveric Mass, the Lazarus Machine, Strict-9, Must Not Kill, and Hell on Earth. he was recently chosen to play in the long time power metal band Messiaxx who just had a 30 year reunion within Tampa Bay.

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 alongside a member of Resurrection in the national death metal band Sectioned. Sokol was chosen for the touring bass position with Pure Steel Records recording artist Seasons of the Wolf. As of August 2012, Sokol has been endorsed by Warwick and has a Warwick Streamer LX Custom and a Warwick Fretless Thumb bass as his main instruments. He also has a bass string endorsement through Dean Markley, a pick up endorsement through EMG Pickups, and a cabinet endorsement through Mesa Boogie.

He 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. Sokol currently tours the South East with several bands. He teaches lessons privately and works as a session player in the Tampa, Florida area. He 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.

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, 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, he skateboards for Them Skateboards based out of Saint Petersburg, Florida and also rides for Webb Trucks. Sokol is commonly known as "Old School Kyle" or "OSK". He also developed and founded the Florida Skate Museum, which captures the history of Florida skateboarding and decks from Florida riders.