Born Mike Skwark in the small city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, smrtdeath was 11-years-old when he received his first drum set. After teaching himself the guitar, he frequently played in basement bands in and around his city as a teen. Yet hip-hop was always omnipresent in his listening palette, and eventually smrtdeath began to start rapping himself.
Skwark began smrtdeath in 2015, but it wasn’t until two years later when his breakout singles “everything” and “i don’t feel anything” began to gain traction on SoundCloud. He quickly connected with vocalists Lil Aaron and Lotus, and the trio birthed their flippant project Boyfriendz. In 2017, smrtdeath released his debut mixtape “sethany,” which found him singing and rapping on predominantly emo-trap beats. Yet his 2018 debut album “We’ll Be Alright” focused more on experimentation with production and songwriting.
Leaving sample-heavy production behind him, smrtdeath is now focused on original instrumentation as he continues to master different genres and styles. He has recently embarked on a new side project, ballroom, an indie two-piece band with frequent collaborator Y2K. - Jack Angell