SKOLES is the moniker adopted by singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Edwards. Hailing from a no-traffic-light town in south-east England, Edwards taught himself how to play guitar as a child, and by college, he had caught the attention of management and was invited to open for Christina Perri at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire—his first ever gig of his own music. Soon, Edwards found himself living in his manager’s office in Los Angeles for months at a time and working as a songwriter for artists such as Charlie Puth.
However, it felt short-lived when he returned to the UK. Edwards took a job as a high school janitor for four days a week, describing the experience as “a reverse Good Will Hunting, which is a sh*t film backwards.” It was during this time that he began to write, record and produce music on his own. After a time in the group Wild Wild Horses, Edwards began composing music alone, crafting a vision that is inspired by Yeezus as much as it is by Tame Impala’s Currents. The result is an unusual combination of spacey instrumental subversion, soulful vocals and entrancing energy; think “The Weeknd on acid,” and you’re halfway there.