The drum & bass artist, who was diagnosed with cancer more than 18 months ago, passed away on Wednesday.
The English artist, real name Andrew Lawrence, passed away on Wednesday after being diagnosed with cancer more than 18 months ago. Lawrence was a regular on the drum & bass label Utopia Music, and released 12-inches on Soothsayer, Inperspective and Secret Operations. In 2017, he released his well-regarded debut EP for Metalheadz, Speechless, which recalled the label's classic mid-'90s sound. He was also a pivotal part of Croydon's drum & bass scene as a DJ and employee at the now-closed record shop Wax City.
His wife, Heidi, released a statement last night. "Andy had plans to write this himself, to tell you all some day what he was going through," she wrote. "Some of you he told, but lots of you he just wanted to be normal with. Our lovely Andy passed away peacefully on January 23rd 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."
Read Heidi's full statement and tributes to Lawrence from the drum & bass community below.
Just heard the incredibly sad news about Andy Skopes.— Doc Scott (@docscott31) January 25, 2019
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.
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.— Metalheadz (@metalheadzmusic) January 25, 2019
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time ❤️https://t.co/vzdfb8SEta
We're still speechless here at Utopia. Our brother Andy Skopes was taken away from us far too early...— Stephen Mako (@MakoUtopiaMusic) January 25, 2019
Rest in Power, we love you Andy. https://t.co/JUEbATqf8l
RIP Andy Skopes. Super talented Producer, thoughts are with his friends and family— Luke LSB (@LukeLSB) January 25, 2019
So saddened to hear that Andy Skopes passed away earlier this week. He was an incredibly talented producer and DJ and one of the warmest people you could hope to meet. Sending all our love and strength to his family and friends ❤️... https://t.co/ahK6MHJR8x— Rupture (@RuptureLondon) January 25, 2019
Extremely sad to hear of Andy Skopes' passing. We were part of the same group of up and comers around 10 years ago, and remember those nice conversations and tune swaps we had back in the day. RIP— naibu (@Naibu) January 25, 2019