Spirit, an iconic pillar in the UK’s drum and bass scene, has passed away. The producer, real name Duncan Busto, had previously gone into cardiac arrest on August 13, according to reports, and eventually his family was informed he had suffered irreparable brain damage. For drum and bass musicians and fans, the loss marks the end of a lasting legacy. The news prompted tributes and respects from artists including Andy C and Ben UFO.
Busto’s career as a standard bearer of drum and bass began when he took a job at Redeye Records, a record store in Ipswich. His love of bass music quickly took hold, compelling him to put his own stamp on the scene. By the late ’90s, his self-taught skills as a bass music producer were making noise on labels like Timeless and C.I.A, and receiving support from genre stalwarts like Goldie. By the year 2000, Busto was spreading the gospel of drum and bass full time as both a respected artist and label boss of Inneractive Music.
In an interview with UKF from 2017, Busto labeled himself a “Drum & Bass Lifer” – and a truer assessment couldn’t be made. The producer contributed over two decades of music to his genre, all the way up to his final solo release Murderer / Cold Call through is own label this past April.
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