Ben Deitz, a founding member of New York City club collective Trouble & Bass, has died.
Deitz was best known for his work under the monikers of Math Head and Passions, releasing on labels such as T&B, Kitsuné and Terminal Dusk.
The cause of Deitz death has not been revealed. Trouble & Bass founder Luca Venezia, aka Drop The Lime, posted the following message on SoundCloud with an early track by Deitz.
“In 2002, before Trouble & Bass even existed, I put together this compilation called ‘Nobody Compilate’ of various young NYC based artists, and Ben was the first to contribute and help curate the compilation. Given that we both went to the same high school, and shared strong punk rock roots, we illegally placed these home printed CD-R copies of the compilation in shops like HMV and Tower Records in sections like IDM, D&B, and Electronica to reach the right people and it hilariously caught buzz.
“All that was printed for contact info was this random NBDYUNDRTHS_N@AOL email address, but the excited/confused mails of – ‘I tried to buy your CD and was told I could just have it for free as it wasn’t in the system’ were frequent. Soon after, Star Eyes joined forces as did Zack Shadetek, The Captain, and AC Slater, and the same DIY attitude evolved even more, creating Trouble & Bass into a label and crew. With the recent tragic passing of such a magical, influential, and driven soul, I wanted to share this track with the world.With the recent tragic passing of such a magical, influential, and driven soul, we felt it was important to share the track Math Head had contributed. It’s such a strong and honest glimpse into the furiously original production of music he soon progressed into. You will be missed greatly Ben. We love you.”
Stream Math Head’s ‘Loc.cit’ below.