Kemistry, of leading female drum ‘n’ bass duo Kemistry & Storm, died in a car crash in the early hours of Sunday April 25. She was returning to London from a DJ gig in Southampton when the crash happened.
Kemi Olusanya, who is thought to have been 33-years-old, was a key member of Goldie‘s Metalheadz label.
She was renowned for her open-minded approach to DJing and for championing new artists.
Though the duo’s recording credits were limted, Kemi‘s influence on drum ‘n’ bass didn’t stop at the turntables. Along with Storm, she persuaded Goldie to go to Grooverider and Fabio‘s influential Rage club for the first time in 1992, and experience the burgeoning new breakbeat sound.
When Goldie‘s own career took off it was Kemistry and Storm who handled the day to day running of Metalheadz, discovering and overseeing artists such as Photek, Adam F and J Majik. Storm, who was travelling in the car with Kemi, was not injured in the crash.
A grief-stricken Goldie, who was in Alsaka when the accident happened, is reported to have taken the first available flight back to the UK.