Rave pioneer Guru Josh dies aged 51

Dance artist was best known for his 1990 hit 'Infinity'

Dance artist Guru Josh has died aged 51.

The rave pioneer, whose real name was Paul Walden and was best known for his 1990 hit ‘Infinity’, died in Ibiza on Monday (December 28). The cause of his death is unknown.

Born in Jersey, Walden studied dentistry, before moving to London in the late 1980s, where he worked as a booking agent and played pub gigs with his band, Joshua Cries Wolf.

Once he became involved in the rave scene in the late 80s, he reinvented himself as Guru Josh, making house music with his band’s saxophone player, known as Mad Mick.

Walden had 500 copies pressed of the track ‘Infinity’ in 1990 which was picked up by Hacienda DJ Mike Pickering. It went on to reach Number 5 in the UK singles chart.

He later released his debut album ‘Guru Josh’, which was also called ‘Infinity’, before he moved to Ibiza and concentrated on his digital graphics business and rave promotions company. He also enjoyed a highly successful project under the name Dr Devious, combining music and 3D fractal graphics.

In 2008, ‘Infinity’ was remixed and re-released and enjoyed further success in the UK singles chart, peaking at Number 3.

Rave DJ Fat Controller was among a host of DJs who paid tribute to Walden, writing on his Facebook page: “Terrible news that Guru Josh has passed away. Not only did he make a seminal piece of dance music with ‘Infinity’ he also pushed the forefront of 3D visual effects with his Dr Devious Experience.

“I had the pleasure of working alongside him with the Dr Devious Christmas Show at the infamous Sanctuary back in 94 and can only say that he truly lived up to the great quote from Lemmy who also has just passed away: ‘If you’re going to be a fucking rock star, go be one!'”