Silent Servant: Remembering the Techno Pioneer of Sandwell District

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Today brings heart-breaking news. We learn of the passing of Silent Servant, remembering the techno producer, DJ, and integral member of “Sandwell District.” This sombre revelation was communicated earlier in the day by Resident Advisor, with confirmation provided by Mendez’s management, Triangle Agency. Unfortunately, the cause of his untimely death has not been disclosed.

Contrary to his moniker, Silent Servant, whose real name was Mendez, was far from silent in his musical journey. With a career spanning over 30 years in the electronic circuit, Mendez initially debuted in 1998 under the alias Jasper. Over the years, he emerged as a noteworthy, influential, and highly respected figure in the techno scene.

Silent Servant: Remembering

Collaborating with artists like Regis, Female, and Function in the Sandwell District collective, as well as pursuing his solo endeavours, Mendez demonstrated a discerning ear for captivating techno production and delivering memorable DJ sets. His performances were a spectacle, earning him regular appearances at renowned techno venues such as Berghain and Tresor. Tragically, Mendez was slated to perform in Phoenix, AZ on the same night, as reported by Resident Advisor.

Beyond his prowess as a DJ and producer, Mendez showcased versatility by co-founding the music label Jealous God with former Sandwell District partner Regis and James Ruskin. This platform allowed Mendez to champion the future of techno, supporting innovative acts exploring post-punk, dub, and classical minimalism.

In addition to pushing the boundaries of the techno genre, Mendez used his influence to spotlight emerging talent through his monthly NTS Radio show. His commitment to nurturing new artists added another layer to his legacy.

Reflecting on Mendez’s final release in November, the EP titled “In Memoriam” now carries a poignant and bittersweet resonance. Additionally, an archival compilation from Sandwell District, named “WHERE NEXT?,” was announced earlier this week, marking a poignant moment in the wake of Mendez‘s passing.



Written by: Bla Bla Radio

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