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Darth Skippy The Machine (Kenny Marine) was born in July of 1976.  He has been a Sci-Fi geek for most of his life.  Growing up he didn't have any brothers or sisters, so he had to use his imagination.  His parents divorced when he was six years old, so being creative was a must and helped him cope with everything that was going on in his life at that time.

Being that kind of weird geeky kid, he also got into weird and unusual music as well as becoming a proficient multi-instrumentalist.  Learning piano, his first instrument at the age of five years old was the base for everything he learned after.  He played in multiple bands as a drummer, bass player, guitar player, keyboard player, or whatever was needed at the time.  He played in bands throughout the Louisville, Kentucky area, and was involved in the creation of a Hardcore Band "The Four Rose Society" in the budding 1980's / 1990's Louisville hardcore scene.  He has been in bands or played with some of the best musicians in the area throughout his musical career.  With that experience he has learned a lot.

Skippy has loved music and Sci-Fi for almost the same amount of time.  So naturally in the 2000's he started a Sci-Fi Rock Band "Clowncar" with a good friend and fellow musician Derek C.  Derek is also the person who gave him the nickname of "Skippy".  Derek and Skippy played together in bands together before the formation of Clowncar and would go on to play together in that project for almost six years.  They had songs about episodes of Star Trek, Darth Vader, Planet of the Apes, Alien Abduction, West World, Logan's Run, and whatever else they could think of.  Skippy was the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, lead guitarist and one of the main songwriters. He also recorded most of the instruments on the Clowncar albums, with the exception of bass, mandolin, and a few keyboard tracks. He along with Derek would produce and master the albums.

During this time he was already writing and recording electronic and synth wave instrumental music under the "Skippy The Machine" alter ego.  It was a way for him to get some creative release through his own instrumentals.  He has been a HUGE fan of and influenced by John Carpenter, Vince Dicola, Harold Faltermeyer, Mike Post, and many of the 80's synth sound artists for a very long time.  That is where D.S.'s music style came from and continues to be influenced by today.

Once Clowncar wrapped up, Skippy started focusing on his own music and releasing tracks, singles, and a couple of albums.  His style is rooted in Synth Wave, but is heavily influenced by Rock, Pop, Metal, and many other genres from the 1980's.

Skippy eventually added the "Darth" prefix.  Being a HUGE Star Wars fan it only seemed natural.  So from that point on "Darth Skippy The Machine" was born and here to stay.  He has turned his music, love of Sci-Fi, and Star Wars into a thriving personality, business, and career.  D.S. creates Music, Apparel, Merch, Accessories, and other designs for his website.  They are all here for you to check out and enjoy.
“Thank you for taking the time to read this little blurb about me and who I am.  I really appreciate it.”

Darth Skippy


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