Nicole Skeltys

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Nicole Skeltys
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Background information
Birth name Nicole Skeltys
Also known as Artificial
Origin Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Genres Electronic music, country music, folk music
Occupation(s) musician, composer, singer, presenter, writer
Instruments Synthesizer, electronics, laptop, Softsynth, drum machine, computer, sampler, voice
Years active 1992-present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment, Shock Records, Festival Mushroom Records, Creative Vibes, Psy-Harmonics, Inertia, Uh Oh Music, Nephilim, Mana, MUK
Associated acts B(if)tek, Artificial, Dust, Jilted Brides, Guilty Pleasures, Area 51

Nicole Skeltys is an Australian composer, writer and presenter, currently based in London, UK. From 1993 to 2003 she was part of B(if)tek, an Australian electronica and dance act. Skeltys also released electronic music under the name Artificial during this period and was a member of Clan Analogue.[1] Since 2002 she has been the writer for the webcomic Pigeon Coup[2] with comic artist Aaron Doty (an episode of which appeared in Tango Seven).[3] Since 2004, Skeltys has moved away from pure electronica.[4] She established a Melbourne-based band Dust,[5][6] consisting of vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums, and which has been described as a "mixture of country twang, melancholy folk and urban scrawl, all with psychedelic overtones".[7] In late 2007, she established a psychedelic folk duo called The Jilted Brides[8] with American filmmaker and photographer Tanya Andrea Stadelmann, and in 2008 and 2009 took up a number of artist residencies across the United States.[9] In 2009 Skeltys became an artist in residence at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.[10] Nicole produced a short music mockumentary,[11][12]

In 2011 she returned to Australia, re-established Dust (as The Dust Revival Band)[13] and with Byron Scullin produced the soundtrack to the feature film A LIfe Exposed.[14] In 2013 Skeltys released the compilation album Citizens United[15] featuring Australian, British and American artists. According to Skeltys, the album title "is a reference the 2010 Citizens United v Federal Election Commission ruling by the United States Supreme Court, which effectively removed restrictions on corporations donating unlimited sums to politicians and governments".[16] As of 2017, Skeltys is working on her 12th album, Deal With Your Disenchantment, "a 21st century woman's response to 60s/ early '70s' Dylan", which has been supported by a crowdfunding campaign.[17]


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