Sole and the Skyrider Band is an alternative hip hop quartet based in Denver, Colorado.
The band consists of rapper Tim Holland aka Sole, producer Bud Berning aka Skyrider, multi-instrumentalist William Ryan Fritch, and drummer John Wagner.
The band has released three albums on Anticon, Fake Four Inc and Equinox Records.
Sole and the Skyrider Band formed in Flagstaff, AZ, the summer of 2006. Sole, founder and former member of anticon records, a pioneer of the indie/alternative hip hop movement, teamed up with the Orlando psychedelic trio to explore the idea of a post-rock experimental hip-hop aesthetic. From ’07- ’09, the band toured the globe relentlessly, sharing the stage with bands from all genres of music. In 2008, Skyrider relocated to Los Angeles, where their post-rock sound became informed by its proximity to what would later become the “LA Beat” scene. Around this time, Sole was thoughtfully refining his anarchistic stream of consciousness rants into a tangible modern pop-rap format.
In the summer of 2010, most of the band found themselves living in Denver, CO, where they combined these influences to create a bold new sound that marks a new step for the band. Sole and the Skyrider Band can be described as electronic rap inspired by current movements in gangster rap, progressive electronic and neo-classical music. The band explores a wide range of emotion and composition, from club anthems to dark melodic introspection to cinematic hip-hop.