Mystery Skulls Forever on 180g LP
Featuring Nile Rodgers & Brandy!
A mastermind electronic artist, producer and singer - Mystery Skulls is an adopted stage name for Luis Dubuc, a self-taught musician from Dallas who through trial and error, perseverance, hard work, self-belief, great timing and the courage to move to Los Angeles has made a name for himself. On his debut album Forever, Mystery Skulls sheds light on the past by focusing on the future, on new experiences, accomplishments, failures but most of all growth.
Dubuc's humble beginnings started when his mother left Venezuela and moved to Toronto when he was 8. His earlier memories of a Michael Jackson bootleg and Venezuelan music exploded once he moved to North America, just a regular kid living in the 90s, soaking up tunes from Wu-Tang Clan, Notorious B.I.G., cartoons and pop music including Boyz II Men cassette tapes and early American house favorites Black Box and Deee-Lite. Going from living in a village in South America with three television channels to multimedia phenomena everywhere made Dubuc a pop culture junkie.
"I went from not having anything on the radio to Top 40, I had never seen a music video until I was 8 or 9. It blew my mind." By high school, the family had moved to Dallas and Dubuc got into Nirvana and lots of metal and he worked in a record store near the Dallas Cowboys training facility which opened his eyes musically. "Huge linebacker dudes would buy records I'd never heard of, so I would check out anything I'd never heard before, like Maxwell Unplugged," says Dubuc.
Luis Dubuc was just a music fanatic working at a record store, and by 18 he could barely play drums, an instrument which he gravitated toward because he thought it was the easiest and he joined a punk and metal band. He learned to play the keyboard and started figuring things out and also learned to play the guitar. "I don't always think I was in a place skills-wise where I could make the music that I really heard in my head," says Dubuc. "I think it was a matter of getting good and putting in the time."
Fast-forward to spring 2012, Dubuc took a leap of faith with a move from Dallas to Los Angeles after getting a phone call from his now manager who found some early Mystery Skulls tracks online Thus the story of the shimmering track "Ghost," about Mystery Skulls' move to LA. Finally in February 2013, more people started discovering Mystery Skulls online. LA's Bootleg Theater in the artist-friendly Echo Park neighborhood booked Mystery Skulls for a residency, a concept that was unknown to Dubuc at the time with fifty people at the first show, the following Monday about a hundred and the third it was full. By the fourth show, all the labels were checking out the show.
If that wasn't enough, Dubuc's dream of Mystery Skulls was coming true with not one but two superstar collaborators - dance music legend Nile Rodgers and R&B chanteuse Brandy. "Magic" is a pure disco track with violins and a progressive thrust, with Rodgers on guitar and a vocal in which Dubuc sings alongside Brandy, who he envisioned singing with since the beginning. Brandy was so impressed by another track Rodgers and Dubuc were working on, "Number 1," that she jumped aboard there as well, a smoother, mid-tempo love duet with just the right burst of funk. The cherry on top came with "Magic" - a label insider's uncle who worked on Michael Jackson's Off The Wall and Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience heard Dubuc's music and offered to work on the strings for the track as well as lead single "Paralyzed."
Mystery Skulls' music offers hints of 70s and 80s pop and dance music with futuristic elements, shifting from a dark, lurking place of uncertainty to lighter and more self-aware as the Forever record progresses. Forever is a complete thought, a collection of memories and experiences, present and future. "Mystery Skulls is special to me because it is in a sense a culmination of a lot of experiences I've gone through...I ended up signing my deal with Warner Bros. Records a year to the day I moved to LA. I still can't believe it."
Mystery Skulls Forever Track Listing:
2. The Future
4. Hellbent (feat. Snowblood)
7. Magic (feat. Nile Rodgers and Brandy)
8. Number 1 (feat. Brandy and Nile Rodgers)
9. When I'm With You
10. Body High
11. Every Note