Skylar Spence

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Skylar Spence
Birth name Ryan DeRobertis
Also known as
  • Saint Pepsi
Born (1993-02-02) February 2, 1993 (age 24)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Origin Long Island, New York, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Associated acts

Ryan DeRobertis (born February 2, 1993, known by his stage name Skylar Spence and formerly known as Saint Pepsi) is an American electronic musician and singer[3] who grew up in Farmingville, New York and attended Boston College for two years studying music. His electronic music project Saint Pepsi began in December 2012. As Saint Pepsi, he released his eighth studio album Hit Vibes in May 2013.[4] He is a current resident of Brooklyn, New York.

Career[edit]

Stereogum named him their "band to watch" in July 2013, calling his music "addicting and fun."[5] Pitchfork praised the release of "Mr. Wonderful,"[6] the lead track off the 2014 EP Gin City, which was hosted on the music blog Gorilla vs. Bear.[7] In February, Gorilla vs. Bear also hosted the premiere of the track "Baby."[8]

In June 2014, Saint Pepsi went on tour with Painted Palms[9] after signing to Carpark Records, whose roster includes artists such as Beach House, Cloud Nothings, Toro y Moi, and Memory Tapes.[10]

In June 2017, Skylar Spence collaborated with The Knocks to create a nu-disco project, reminiscent of Skylar's older work, under the moniker "Amelia Airhorn"[11] in which they released their first single "Miracle"[12]

Style[edit]

DeRobertis' musical style has been described as being in the categories of future funk, vaporwave,[5] disco pop,[6] future pop, liquid disco, slow jam and gibber boogie,[3] although he also borders between traditional music genres. He often incorporates unorthodox sounds in his music, using sources such as Mario Kart 64. He also commonly samples pop songs.

The Fader calls his nonchalant approach to Top 40 hits "refreshing,"[13] and calls his music "restless and nostalgic and sonically curious."[14] He is quoted as saying, "I’m drawn to tuneful melodies; complex chord structures; outlandish synths and drums; and I like to take pop a cappellas and see how I can warp the songs while keeping the melodies almost entirely intact [...] I want to make pop music for freaks, basically." [4]

Discography[edit]

As Saint Pepsi[edit]

Albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Local Singles (December 28, 2013)
  • Gin City (February 25, 2014)

As Skylar Spence[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Fiona Coyne / Fall Harder" (August 12, 2014)
  • "Can't You See" (July 7, 2015)
  • "Faithfully" (October 10, 2016)

Mixes[edit]

  • Mysteryland (June 15, 2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EMPIRE BUILDING | fortune 500". Fortune500.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Hit Vibes | Keats//Collective". Keatscollective.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  3. ^ a b Gruber, Jesse. "Saint Pepsi’s Ryan DeRobertis talks music, method". Columbia Spectator. Spectator Publishing Company. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Skylar Spence". Carpark Records. Carpark. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Bowe, Miles. "Band to Watch: SAINT PEPSI". Stereogum. Spin Media. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Szatan, Gabriel. "Saint Pepsi: "Mr. Wonderful"". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Chris. "mp3 premiere: Saint Pepsi – Mr. Wonderful". Gorilla vs. Bear. Gorilla vs. Bear. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Chris. "premiere: Saint Pepsi – Baby". Gorilla vs. Bear. Gorilla vs. Bear. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  9. ^ McDermott, Patrick. "Stream SAINT PEPSI's Feel-Good Remix of Painted Palms' "Hypnotic"". The FADER Inc. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Carpark Records". Carpark Records. Carpark Records. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX3wACx5Zqk&ab_channel=AmeliaAirhorn
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEMo4-nBaec&ab_channel=AmeliaAirhorn
  13. ^ McDermott, Patrick. "Listen to SAINT PEPSI's K-Pop-Sampling "Baby"". The FADER Inc. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  14. ^ McDermott, Patrick. "Download Saint Pepsi's Gin City EP". The FADER Inc. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 

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