D&B legend, Marcus Intalex has died

music news 29/05/2017

By Jay Bulletproof

As New Zealanders woke this morning, fans of drum & bass and techno were shocked to read on social media that one of the true pioneers of the scene, Manchester's Marcus Intalex / Trevino had tragically passed away.

The cause of death is currently unknown.

His contribution to the global electronic scene over the past 26 years is immeasurable. 

I'll miss Marcus dearly. The whole scene will. This is a truly tragic loss for the music world.

Real name Marcus Kaye, Intalex was a member of a small pioneering group of UK DnB leaders, he came to our shores in the early 2000's and helped educate New Zealand fans with his incredible DJ sets. His first visits alongside names like Doc Scott and DJ Lee became folk lore amongst the fans in the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch scenes with 4-5+ hour long sets, stacked with the very latest, cutting-edge DnB.

He didn't just leave behind devastated dance floors in NZ, he left a strong community of friends who today, are mourning the loss of one of the DnB greats.

I was fortunate enough that in March (2017) he played a set on George FM Nights and we went out for a couple of beers and reminisced about those days, laughed about some of the antics we used to get up to. 

His passion for music and pushing new artists lead to him to create his Soul:r and Revolv:r imprints, which became seminal labels and benchmarks for hundreds of budding bedroom producers hoping to find a home for their music.

Marcus' was always looking for the cutting edge sound that he was famous for portraying in his sets. He strived for the same result under his Techno moniker "Trevino".

Some of the biggest names in electronica have taken to social media to express their sadness at the passing of one of the greatest leaders the drum and bass scene has known. 

Our very own Jay Bulletproof has known Marcus Intalex his entire production career, having played with him not just in New Zealand but around the world. 

"The first time Marcus came to New Zealand was a game changer. He had all the tunes I could ever hope to hear, and he was genuinely stoked and surprised that there was a small group of DJ's and promoters from the other side of the planet that were just as passionate about the music as him. I was fortunate enough that in March (2017) he played a set on George FM Nights and we went out for a couple of beers and reminisced about those days, and laughed about some of the antics we used to get up to. I'll miss Marcus dearly. The whole scene will. This is a truly tragic loss for the music world".

Tonight Jay's show will be dedicated to the late Marcus Intalex, replaying his guest mix and interview from 7pm. A true pioneer taken too soon.