Trouble and Bass Founder Ben Deitz Has Died
Back in March, the Trouble & Bass crew, comprised of Drop The Lime, Star Eyes, AC Slater and a variety of newer affiliates from around the world, announced that they would be calling it quits following the release of their final compilation All Time Trouble & Bass and one last party at Brooklyn's Verboten, which went down on April 18. Now that they have ended their long, successful run as a label and party promoter, some sad news has come in regarding one of the collective's founding members, Ben Deitz, who was found dead at his NYC apartment on Saturday, May 9.
The cause of death for Deitz, who DJ'd under the moniker Math Head, remains undisclosed. The Trouble & Bass crew decided to honor him by sharing the above piece on Soundcloud, with a note saying, "In 2002, before T&B even existed, Drop The Lime put together this compilation called 'Nobody Compilate' of various young NYC based artists, and Math Head was the first to contribute and help curate the compilation. Given that both had such punk rock roots, they 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 random 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, Zack Shadetek, The Captain and AC Slater joined forces and the same DIY attitude evolved even more, creating Trouble & Bass.
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."