Kyle Sokol

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Kyle Sokol
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Kyle Sokol at Local 662, St. Pete, FL 2017
Background information
Born (1974-10-31) October 31, 1974 (age 43)
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
Genres Ska, funk, metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass
Labels Citrus, Octave Match
Associated acts Blackkout, Messiaxx, King of Denmark, Trace of Day, Sectioned, Trust for Liars, Rude Squad, Must Not Kill

Kyle Sokol (born October 31, 1974) is an American bassist and skateboarder. He has played in bands such as Sectioned, Rude Squad, King of Denmark, Noble Jones, Philistines, Leadfoot, and Hell on Earth.

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.[citation needed]

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, 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.[citation needed]

Sokol is also known for his sponsored and professional skateboarding career. He started skating in about 1983, and grew up skating with such other local Florida pros as Rodney Mullen and Mike McGill. In 2001, he 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]