Drum & bass producer Andy Skopes has died. He was diagnosed with cancer 18months ago, and lost his battle with the disease on Wednesday 23rd January.
Real name Andrew Lawrence, his work found a regular home in the Utopia Music imprint, with other output coming via labels like Secret Operations, Soothsayer and Inperspective. He was also a former employee at the legendary Wax City record shop.
Tributes have been pouring in from others in the community, including Metalheadz— which carried his acclaimed 2017 EP, 'Speechless'— LSB, Rupture and Doc Scott.
Skopes' wife, Heidi, issued a statement:
"Andy had plans to write this himself, to tell you all some day what he was going through. Some of you he told, but lots of you he just wanted to be normal with.
"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."
RIP Andy Skopes. Super talented Producer, thoughts are with his friends and family— Luke LSB (@LukeLSB) January 25, 2019
Just heard the incredibly sad news about Andy Skopes.— Doc Scott (@docscott31) January 25, 2019
Andy was one of the most talented producers in our scene and made some of the most beautiful dnb I've ever heard.
My thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest easy brother.
We're absolutely gutted to hear about the passing of Andy Skopes - an incredibly talented producer and one of the nicest guys we've had the pleasure of knowing and releasing music from.— Metalheadz (@metalheadzmusic) January 25, 2019
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time https://t.co/vzdfb8SEta
So saddened to hear that Andy Skopes passed away earlier this week. He was an incredibly talented producer and DJ and one of the warmest people you could hope to meet. Sending all our love and strength to his family and friends... https://t.co/ahK6MHJR8x— Rupture (@RuptureLondon) January 25, 2019
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