Drum’n’bass DJ and producer Andy Skopes has died.
The news was announced yesterday (January 24) by Heidi Lawrence via the DJ’s Facebook page.
Skopes, whose real name was Andy Lawrence, passed away on Wednesday (January 23) after an 18-month cancer battle.
Heidi wrote: “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.”
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…
Skopes released music on labels including Fizzy Beats (‘Break It Down You Fool’), Utopia Music (‘Distance From You’/’Reading By The White Lake’) and Fokuz Recordings (‘Play Dead’ EP).
The producer’s ‘Speechless’ EP was released via Metalheadz in 2017.
- Read more: Why Critics Are Wrong To Ridicule Pendulum
Artists, fans, friends and label employees have paid tribute to Lawrence.
RIP Andy Lawrence @Andyskopes one of the kindest, honest, most down-to-earth men I've known and worked with. A real gent with an amazing musical talent and a big heart.
What a huge loss, hearts are breaking all over South London tonight 😢❤️ https://t.co/6JXcmddcYr
— Stephanie Darkes (@StephanieDarkes) January 24, 2019
RIP Andy Skopes. Super talented Producer, thoughts are with his friends and family
— Luke LSB (@LukeLSB) January 25, 2019
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.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time ❤️https://t.co/vzdfb8SEta
— Metalheadz (@metalheadzmusic) January 25, 2019
Just heard the incredibly sad news about Andy Skopes.
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.
— Doc Scott (@docscott31) January 25, 2019