R.I.P – Martin Dawson
Yesterday we said good-bye to Martin Dawson, former alias King Roc. A quick-rising star in the world of house music, Dawson’s untimely death is both tragic and shocking; he is a great loss to us all. Following a brain aneurysm just two weeks ago, he was found unconscious on his studio floor and consequently hospitalised. Doctors tried their best to rescue Dawson but lost him on Monday. His prolific output has seen around two hundred releases, and his work has featured on such prestigious labels as Crosstown Rebels, 2020vision, Cocoon, and perhaps most importantly his breakthrough solo album Sunday Smoking on Moodmusic in 2011. Also a part of well-known duo Two Armadillos, Dawson’s tireless ethic anticipated an incredible year for 2013, with a number of solo works, remixes and collaborations under way as well as ongoing work for several EPs and four albums.
Dawson’s sound can be described as deep and techno-driven and his range of influences is clear in his global presence as an international DJ and producer. Releases and collaborations span the breadth of Western Europe while huge plans for a live show and forecast EP releases with his Non Fiction project with Jay Shepheard show us an artist full of promise and talent, who was rudely interrupted doing the thing he loved most.