“Felix Danilo’s inventive compositions are fabulous examples of how to use some fairly ‘out-there’ harmonic ideas to enhance the music and overall effectiveness of the songs. He seems to effortlessly transfer jazz and classical theory over to the pop/rock world.”Muzic.net.nz
“Danilo’s guitar work and composing is captivating.”Divide & Conquer
Felix is a young, independent musician from Wellington, New Zealand, who has been playing Electric Guitar since he could hold one, and recently achieved Licentiate Level with the London College of Music. He has played and performed in live bands, from metal and rock to funk. His bands have been placed at the regional finals of RockQuest, won first prize at Battle of the Teen Bands three years running, and toured with Elemeno-P and Jordan Luck.
In 2020, Felix released his first three albums – ‘It’s Better I Don’t Know’ (as SkeletonCrew) – which received awesome industry reviews – ‘The Place Where You Fall Down’ – an atmospheric soundtrack – and ‘Habibti’ – eastern dance music written for a terminally-ill friend.
2021 has brought a move into ambient electronica, with several solo releases, including twin EPs, and collaborative work with composer/DJ Toy Purple (Ishmael Strevens) through his felix danilo. channel.
Felix composes music under the name ‘SkeletonCrew’ (with vocalist Nicole Obren) and ‘felix danilo’ (solo and collaborative). He plays a variety of instruments and composes in different musical genres, including house, electronic, ambient / atmospheric music, and indie rock, recording and mixing his own tracks.
Felix is available for soundtrack commissions, and has composed and recorded commercial pieces. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit the form at the bottom of the page.
Bow Your Head… And Transmit to the Sky (July/Aug 2021)
Brother and sister ambient EPs, available separately on Spotify or together on Bandcamp.
Habibti (Beloved) | THIRD ALBUM (Dec 2020)
Three ten-minute tracks to take you far away… The song ‘Habibti’ was composed for Janine Snowling, with love ❤️
the place where you fall down | SECOND ALBUM (Dec 2020)
A journey through a strange landscape in 8 tracks … headphones essential.
someplace/else (OCT 2020)
An award-winning multi-layered 7:30 intrumental piece composed for Showquest 2020. Intricate, grungey & atmospheric.
The SKELETONCREW Project
‘SkeletonCrew’ are Felix Danilo and Nicole Obren; good friends who took joint guitar lessons from an early age, and have been playing music together in a band called Friday Night Special for years, with Hector Danilo and Julian Brady.
Reviews of IT’S BETTER I DON’T KNOW | SkeletonCrew
“SkeletonCrew are definitely a band to watch out for. Felix Danilo’s inventive compositions are fabulous examples of how to use some fairly ‘out-there’ harmonic ideas to enhance the music and overall effectiveness of the songs. He seems to effortlessly transfer jazz and classical theory over to the pop/rock world. Nicole Obren has a fantastic command over her voice and uses it as an expressive instrument vital to the mood and essence of the album. She is also a highly talented, rhythmic lyricist.
It’s Better I Don’t Know is a creative and articulate album channelling the brilliance of Tool, Billie Eilish, INXS and Mac DeMarco all rolled into one. A stunning debut and introduction to a band who although only at the beginning of their career, are already showing world class skills and extraordinary creative vision.”
Muzic.net.nz (Debut Album Review April 2020)
“Obren’s vocal work is commanding here, while Danilo’s guitar work and composing is captivating. At times sensual and playful, at other times ethereal and vulnerable with spaced out chill effects, SkeletonCrew’s It’s Better I Don’t Know… is a gorgeous layered journey of sounds, a parade of musical elements that enliven the ears and go beyond the conventional structures of music.”
DIVIDE & CONQUER (Debut Album Review – July 2020)
‘in.d.tv have been going on a journey with @askeletoncrew all day listening to their ethereal floating warm vibes definitely a laxing in the summer sun album! And Synthia .. such a jam !!! Makes us want to dance down a city alley in the depths of night!!! Great work skeletoncrew.’(IN.D.TV – Instagram)
From the Debut Album… ‘Synthia’ and ‘Stay’
BANG BANG (My Baby Shot Me Down) | (JULY 2020)
SkeletonCrew’s cover of the classic ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ (Sonny Bono/Cher), released on 24.06.20 and out across all streaming platforms.
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Photo credits: Flash Gordon Photography | Artwork by Felix Danilo