NYC DJ/Producer Jason Jinx Has Passed Away

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According to reports on social media New York-based DJ/producer Jason Jinx (real name: Jason Zambito) has passed away. The cause of death is not yet known.

Jason established himself as a mainstay on the NYC rave and club scene in the late ’80s/early ’90s.

Having followed his career since the beginning, and interviewed him on several occasions, what always struck me about his artistry — a versatile blend of new- and old-school sounds — is how easily he could navigate between the worlds of house, techno, drum ‘n’ bass, tribal, breakbeat, hip-hop and industrial music with ease.

His first residency was at the famed NASA party at the Shelter. He went on to play at various Big Apple nightspots including The Tunnel and Limelight.

As a producer/remixer he crafted tracks for a length list of labels including Sm:)e, Maxi, Subliminal, Toolroom Trax, Defected, Strictly Rhythm, Groove On, Moody, Subversive, Ovum, and King Street.

Under the moniker Joystick, Jinx has made a lot of noise on the Yoshitoshi label with cuts like “Go Insane,” “Spinnin Around” and the Chelate EP, as well as his remixes of Eddie Amador’s “Rise,” Mysterious People’s “Fly Away” and PQM’s “The Flying Song.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more about Jason’s passing.

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Update, March 10 – 9pm EST: A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Jason’s family pay for funeral arrangements.

Update, March 12 – 7:50 EST: The GoFundMe campaign has topped $18,000.

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GoFundMe Launched to Help Hyperdub Artist Cooly G After Fire Destroys Her Possessions

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A GoFundMe campaign has been launched by Hyperdub boss Steve Goodman (a.k.a. Kode9) to help London-based artist Merrisa Cooly G Campbell. According to  Goodman a fire on December 31, 2018 at Shurgard store on Purley way in Croydon destroyed all of her possessions.

Cooly, a mother of two young children who was between houses at the time and was about to move into a new place, had placed all her things in storage in the building that was burned down.

Adding insult to injury is that her family was in the middle of moving to a new home after their previous residence was lost due to a flood.

In the fire she lost, everything she owned and worked hard to buy including her 2 children’s clothes and collection of exclusive sneakers, studio equipment, her vinyl collection, her books, her children’s toys and games, personal possessions that held sentimental value, TVs, iPads, a video camera, 2 hard drives, 2 bedroom home contents and garden contents furniture – pretty much everything she owned. They are currently living out of a small bag of clothes.

Donations to help Cooly and her family can be made here.

Drum ‘n’ Bass DJ/Producer Andy Skopes Dies After Cancer Battle

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UK-based drum ‘n’ bass DJ/producer Andy Williams, who DJ’ed and produced under the Andy Skopes alias, passed away on January 23. The sad news was announced on Facebook by his wife, Heidi, via Facebook.

According to the statement, Williams was diagnosed with cancer over 18 months ago. “Our lovely Andy passed away peacefully on 23rd Jan having battled cancer for over 18 months. He did so with such immense courage and positivity and was an inspiration to those he met along his journey.”

Williams’ career dated back to the ’90s. Among his many accomplishments, he released a variety of records on labels including Metalheadz, V Recordings, Fizzy Beats and Utopia Music.

A coterie of drum ‘n’ bass luminaries including Doc Scott, Bryan Gee and Tokyo Prose have extended their shock and sympathies at Williams’ passing via Twitter.

A memorial service will take place in the Sacred Heart church in Wimbledon (SW19 4LU) on February 7 at 1:20 pm.