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Full Name Rat Skates
Date of Birth May 17, 1961
Age 62 years, 10 months, 8 days
Birthplace Summit
Birth City New Jersey
Country United States
Horoscope Taurus

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Rat Skates Biography

Rat Skates is one of the most popular and richest Film Producer who was born on May 17, 1961 in Summit, New Jersey, United States. Rat Skates, born Lee Kundrat on May 17, 1961, in Summit, New Jersey, is a musician, writer, and filmmaker. Most well-known for his work as a director and musician, and as the founding member and original drummer of Overkill, Skates is also known for his contributions to thrash metal.

Skates composed five songs from scratch for Power in Black, a demo tape that was released in March 1983 and September 1983. To sell cassette tapes and solicit for a recording deal, he used a Xerox photocopier to create a double-sided cover. He also shrink-wrapped copies using plastic film that was used to make fruit baskets. Overkill offered him to be on two compilation LPs: Metal Massacre V and New York Metal’84. He also accepted an offer from Azra/ Metalstorm Records for a four-song EP. This was contingent upon the delivery of self-financed recordings as well as print-ready mechanical artwork.

From 1985–1987 Skates arranged and co-wrote two full-length studio LP records: Feel the Fire (Megaforce) and Taking Over (Megaforce/ Atlantic), which debuted at number 191 on the Billboard Top 200 on April 11, 1987. He implemented the song “Fuck You!” by The Subhumans that was embodied in a live/ studio EP of the same name. He toured for these records in North America, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Great Britain, Poland, France, Holland and Austria as thrash metal bands experienced exponential growth during these years. Skates became inundated with touring and recording commitments, and stated that the close-mindedness of some band members was suppressing Overkill’s success, and the inability to satisfy his work ethics resulted in deep depression, excessive sleeping and alcoholism. He refused to meet the commitments required by a recording artist employed within the recording industry, and he announced his departure in Los Angeles, California in the fall of 1987 while completing a tour with Megadeth.

Skates freelanced for the Suburban Cablevision television network as an audio engineer, live mixer and cameraman from 1988 to 1992; departing due to creative conflicts. In 1999, he studied digital audio production and non-linear editing from Trish and Chris Meyer, Jay Rose, and Adam Wilt, and designed and wrote advertising media for television, radio, print publications, performing arts societies, Fortune 500 companies, record labels and recording artists. As an independent filmmaker, he co-produced, edited and animated designs for the documentary Get Thrashed (2008, Lightyear/Warner Bros. Entertainment) and Born in the Basement (2007, MVD Entertainment Group), receiving twenty-one screenings in eight countries, winning six awards and pay-per-view broadcasting.

Skates and Verni created and implemented Overkill’s theatrical and horror-oriented theme using visual elements taken from Alice Cooper, Twisted sister, and a Pennsylvanian unsigned band called The Dead End Kids. He was part of the underground new wave in British heavy metal cassette tape trading circuit from 1981 to 1984. This was shared between North America, Europe and was the basis for Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Slayer, Megadeth and Twisted Sister to develop into the genre we know as thrash. Skates promoted Overkill by designing the components that he considered essential for the success of national recording artists. These included creating stage name banners using slide projectors or magic markers, altering Halloween costumes into stage clothing and props, silkscreening T-shirts and a castle-dungeon stage design with hand-textured Styrofoam walls supported by milk containers. Rubber stamping the Overkill logo onto guitar picks and drum sticks to make fan souvenirs, as well as advertising with rubber-stamped stickers at highway toll booths

NameRat Skates
First NameRat
Last NameSkates
OccupationFilm Producer
BirthdayMay 17
Birth Year1961
Place of BirthSummit
Home TownNew Jersey
Birth CountryUnited States
Birth SignTaurus
Full/Birth Name
FatherNot Available
MotherNot Available
SiblingsNot Available
SpouseLori DeAngelis
Children(s)Not Available

Ethnicity, religion & political views

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In 1988, Skates wrote Some Stuff I Recorded, a ten-song demo of ideas to share with other musicians for a new project, where he played bass, drums, keyboards and vocals while intoxicated. This songwriting was recognized by Japan’s Burrn! magazine, as three songs from this effort debuted as numbers 1, 2 and 3 on their top ten charts in July 1988. These compositions were re-recorded under the name Bone To Bone with guitarist Jules Asilo, bassist Kevin Drexler, saxophonist Jim Riccio, and former bandmate Bobby Blitz on vocals. Skates also recorded a country-pop project Ten Mile Road to Hell with Nashville-based composer/guitarist Eric Cook in 1989.

Rat Skates Net Worth

Rat Skates is one of the richest Film Producer from United States. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Rat Skates's net worth $3-5 Million.* (Last Update: February 3, 2024)

He began studying jazz drumming with Jack Robertello at the age of 15. He also learned how to play the drum parts for songs by Joey Kramer and John Bonham. Skates met Carlo Verni, later known as D.D. Blaze, then D.D. Verni) was a student at New Providence High School in 1976. They formed the punk band The Lubricunts. They were 17 years old when they started playing nightclubs such as CBGB, Great Gildersleeves and Max’s Kansas City. Trudy Heller’s, Bottany Talk House and The Mud Club.

Skates mentions Will Smith, Jerry Seinfeld and John Cleese as his influences. He married Lori DeAngelis, a photographer and merchandiser who he had dated back in 1980. She is the third cousin of director Brian De Palma. Both are Christian conservatives and they currently live in New Jersey.

Net Worth (2024)$5 Million*
Net Worth in 2023$3 Million*
SalaryUnder Review
Source of IncomeFilm Producer
CarsNot Available
HouseLiving in own house.
N.B: * means unconfirmed

Skates conceptualized Rock-Un-Rold, a musician’s television talk show with colleague David Ellefson (bassist, Megadeth), and filmed a demo shoot at The Studio in New York City on October 28, 2007. They moderated two discussion panels of six recording artists and pitched an edited version to a Viacom representative who declined the concept due to the content being “too intelligent”. In response, Skates began filming interviews in 2009 for the documentary film Welcome to the Dream- The Rude Awakening of Rock Stardom for release by the MVD Entertainment Group in 2012. The films preview teaser excerpts interviews from Grammy-award winning guitarist Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Anvil, Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister), Karl Wilcox (Diamond Head), Dr. Patricia Basczcuk (Psychologist) and Robert J. Pisarek, Esq. (Attorney), and an excerpt from his commissioned work for Lynyrd Skynyrd. It is sponsored by the International Documentary Association.

Overkill’s early success has been attributed to Skates’ songwriting presence and creative efforts. He was voted one of the top-ten drummers of 1987 by the Japanese publication Burrn!, and his drumming on the songs “There’s No Tomorrow” and “Feel the Fire” were the first recorded songs in the thrash metal genre to encompass non-continuous 16th note double bass drum patterns. The Overkill logo was drawn and colored lime green by Skates in 1981, and is recognized as one of the most famous heavy metal logos. He noted that when he removed the cross emblem from between the words in his original logo design, he never connected the two words “Over” and “Kill” together, and that is it was never resolved as being a one-word or two-word name, suggesting that Lemmy from Motörhead would know the answer. Skates declined offers to join Megadeth, M.O.D. and Mind Funk; he never attempted to return to Overkill and stated that his only regret was “being naïve to trust”.

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From 1988 to 1996, Skates established a career as a percussion instructor through both private instruction and the New Jersey Percussion Center in Rockaway, New Jersey. During this period he performed in public drum clinics and studied Gary Chester’s book The New Breed through private studies with rock and jazz fusion drummer Karl Latham. In February 1990, Skates accepted an offer to join Bomb Squad, a rock/metal group of New Jersey musicians that was affiliated with The Old Bridge Militia. He states that Bomb Squad was the most enjoyable musical experience to-date, and the pinnacle of his songwriting and drumming. In 1993, a pending record contract between Bomb Squad and MCA Records collapsed. Vocalist John Poper and bassist Michael Bloomer departed, and Skates and guitarist John Crothers continued on briefly with vocalist Mario Lanuza before completely disbanding in 1993.

Who is Rat Skates Dating?

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Skates placed an advertisement in The Aquarian Weekly newspaper to locate new heavy metal musicians that was answered by guitarist Robert Pisarek (who became known as Riff Thunder), bringing with him bassist/vocalist Robert Ellsworth (who became known as Bobby Blitz) who were members of a cover rock group known as D.O.A. They temporarily named themselves Virgin Killer, after the Scorpions’ record of the same name, and permanently changed their name to Overkill which Pisarek selected from the title of a Motörhead record of the same name.

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Rat Ranked on the list of most popular Film Producer. Also ranked in the elit list of famous people born in United States. Rat Skates celebrates birthday on May 17 of every year.

Key Events

  1. Rat Skates (born Lee Kundrat on May 17, 1961) is an American filmmaker, writer and musician..

  2. Verni) in New Providence High School in 1976, and they formed a punk group known as The Lubricunts..

  3. He married photographer and merchandiser Lori DeAngelis whom he had dated in 1980; she is third cousin to director Brian De Palma..

  4. He worked as a stock boy in the Summit Food Market to re-pay his mother who loaned him money to purchase a Ludwig double bass drum kit. In 1980, the Lubricunts disbanded..

  5. The Overkill logo was drawn and colored lime green by Skates in 1981, and is recognized as one of the most famous heavy metal logos..

  6. From 1981 to 1984, he participated in the underground new wave of British heavy metal cassette tape-trading circuit that was shared between North America and Europe, that was the foundation for Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Exodus to evolve into the genre known as thrash metal..

  7. Skates established a relationship with Jon and Marsha Zazula in 1982 by mutual acquaintances of the Old Bridge Militia, an assembly of heavy metal fans and roadies who were providing their home for musicians Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Cliff Burton to live..

  8. In 1982, the Zazulas formed Megaforce Records, which debuted L..

  9. In March and September 1983, Skates co-composed five original songs for a demo tape titled Power in Black..

  10. The Zazulas recognized the unit sales of Power in Black through Rock ‘n Roll Heaven and by Skates' international marketing, and they presented him with a four-album recording contract offer that Skates accepted and was signed by the members of Overkill on April 10, 1985..

  11. From 1985–1987 Skates arranged and co-wrote two full-length studio LP records: Feel the Fire (Megaforce) and Taking Over (Megaforce/ Atlantic), which debuted at number 191 on the Billboard Top 200 on April 11, 1987. He implemented the song "Fuck You!" by The Subhumans that was embodied in a live/ studio EP of the same name..

  12. He refused to meet the commitments required by a recording artist employed within the recording industry, and he announced his departure in Los Angeles, California in the fall of 1987 while completing a tour with Megadeth..

  13. He was voted one of the top-ten drummers of 1987 by the Japanese publication Burrn!, and his drumming on the songs "There's No Tomorrow" and "Feel the Fire" were the first recorded songs in the thrash metal genre to encompass non-continuous 16th note double bass drum patterns..

  14. Skates freelanced for the Suburban Cablevision television network as an audio engineer, live mixer and cameraman from 1988 to 1992; departing due to creative conflicts..

  15. This songwriting was recognized by Japan's Burrn! magazine, as three songs from this effort debuted as numbers 1, 2 and 3 on their top ten charts in July 1988..

  16. In 1988, Skates wrote Some Stuff I Recorded, a ten-song demo of ideas to share with other musicians for a new project, where he played bass, drums, keyboards and vocals while intoxicated..

  17. From 1988 to 1996, Skates established a career as a percussion instructor through both private instruction and the New Jersey Percussion Center in Rockaway, New Jersey..

  18. These compositions were re-recorded under the name Bone To Bone with guitarist Jules Asilo, bassist Kevin Drexler, saxophonist Jim Riccio, and former bandmate Bobby Blitz on vocals. Skates also recorded a country-pop project Ten Mile Road to Hell with Nashville-based composer/guitarist Eric Cook in 1989..

  19. In February 1990, Skates accepted an offer to join Bomb Squad, a rock/metal group of New Jersey musicians that was affiliated with The Old Bridge Militia. He states that Bomb Squad was the most enjoyable musical experience to-date, and the pinnacle of his songwriting and drumming. In 1993, a pending record contract between Bomb Squad and MCA Records collapsed. Vocalist John Poper and bassist Michael Bloomer departed, and Skates and guitarist John Crothers continued on briefly with vocalist Mario Lanuza before completely disbanding in 1993..

  20. In 1999, he studied digital audio production and non-linear editing from Trish and Chris Meyer, Jay Rose, and Adam Wilt, and designed and wrote advertising media for television, radio, print publications, performing arts societies, Fortune 500 companies, record labels and recording artists..

  21. Entertainment) and Born in the Basement (2007, MVD Entertainment Group), receiving twenty-one screenings in eight countries, winning six awards and pay-per-view broadcasting..

  22. Skates conceptualized Rock-Un-Rold, a musician’s television talk show with colleague David Ellefson (bassist, Megadeth), and filmed a demo shoot at The Studio in New York City on October 28, 2007..

  23. As an independent filmmaker, he co-produced, edited and animated designs for the documentary Get Thrashed (2008, Lightyear/Warner Bros..

  24. In response, Skates began filming interviews in 2009 for the documentary film Welcome to the Dream- The Rude Awakening of Rock Stardom for release by the MVD Entertainment Group in 2012..