Thu. Sep. 20, 2018

Boyd Jarvis passed, aged 59…

Here we go, once more left again with a taste of ashes with the passing of NYC producer and long time friend Boyd Jarvis. And on this Sunday, by the time writing these lines, I can’t help myself thinking of the countless weekends I’ve spent at the Big Apple. Eventually attending to the Shelter then the Body & Soul parties where I eventually met him at times…
What we were fearing after we’d been echoing his need of help for a treatment a little less than a year ago has finally happened. With Boyd sadly leavin’ us last Friday after battling against cancer.

Boyd Jarvis The very first time I’d got to hear of Boyd Jarvis brings us back to 1983. Back then, he was the man behind Visual‘s ‘The Music Got Me’ with production work by the likes of Timmy Regisford on Prelude. At a time when Disco had gone out of the trends (remember the Demolition Night). Meanwhile leavin’ the Big Apple club scene in search of what would come next.

The record that spawned a musical revolution had its origins in Jarvis’ obsession with synths. “The synthesizer has been an opportunity for me to get into the music business”, Jarvis said on Redbullmusicacademy. “I read books about synthesis, and learned to make drum sounds using white noise, sub, click and so on. Through that I discovered how to make my own syn-drums, claps and kicks.”

Starting as a lighting designer before studying music architecture, Boyd Jarvis played a key role in the mutation of Club Music. This along with Winston Jones, Paul Simpson, and Tony Humphries. Not to mention Timmy Regisford with whom he would work on a regular basis at the time.

More of a shadow man, Boyd‘s name is associated to countless releases. As a producer, session musician and remixer. From Jellybean to Herbie Hancock. But also TZ’s ‘I Got The Hots For You’, or Billie‘s ‘memorable ‘Nobody’s Business’. This in addition to Wally Jump, Jr. and Antonio Ocasio to name a few. Therefore standing among the missing links between Disco and House Music. Meanwhile standing as the one who came to discover Colonel Abrams. Contributing to his classic ‘Music Is The Answer’…

The 90’s saw Jarvis collaborating with Joe Claussell. With the twosome eventually bringing Ananda Project‘s ‘Cascade Of Colour’ to a rare level on their remixing work. His 2012 ‘Boyd Jarvis And The Suovonic Movement’ album givin’ us an extra opportunity to enjoy his skills.

So long, Boyd. Peace go with you, brother…

Gone too soon: Boyd Jarvis

Indamixworldwide would like to express their deepest condolences to Boyd Jarvis‘ family and friends…

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