Mystery Skulls is the nom de plume of Los Angeles-based electronic-soul DJ/producer/artist Luis Dubuc. Born in New Orleans and raised in Dallas, the 28-year old fluent, Spanish-speaking Dubuc found his own sound within the confines of beats, synths and grooves stemming from the 90’s New Jack Swing R&B sounds of his childhood and musical heroes such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Roger & Zapp, the Gap Band, and Slayer.
Dubuc first got his start playing drums in a local band with friends called Thirty Called Arson, but he truly found his niche, however, in writing and recording electronica pop/rock songs with a laptop and Wurlitzer. Under the alias The Secret Handshake, Dubuc developed a cult-following with critical acclaim of his music while playing the guitar, synthesizer, piano, percussion and computer-generated sound effects from his computer including his 2009 and third studio album My Name Up in Lights. Recorded in his Dallas apartment, the album landed at #7 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and #45 on the Independent Albums chart.
In 2011, Dubuc ended life as The Secret Handshake posting on Twitter “Done with the past. Proud of what I accomplished but ready to move on.” Dubuc reinvented himself as Mystery Skulls with the release of his self-titled EP that December. The 4-song album offers a refined formula of his indie synth-pop soundscape juxtaposed with his soulinfluenced vocal stylings. He then went on to release his debut album, Forever, in 2014 on Warner Brothers Records.