Back in April, Dim Mak Records was proud to be the home of music legend ROMANTHONY for his release “The Wanderer” with Kevin McKay; a chill, laidback track with a handful of incredible remixes. “The Wanderer” was an instant hit with old fans of Romanthony’s and the gateway to his extensive music career for new fans. As you know, ROMANTHONY passed away at the beginning of May, leaving the music industry and thousands of fans shocked and deeply saddened by such a major loss.
Global website RESIDENT ADVISOR sat down with Romanthony’s friend and collaborator, Kevin McKay, for an interview about the legend perhaps most famously known for his work with Daft Punk; but, as McKay explains in the article, Romanthony’s career was far more intense, creative, and profound than many are even aware of. When describing the talent that is Romanthony, McKay had this to say: “He’s really great musically. Brilliant keyboard player, brilliant bass player, brilliant guitarist. Like, ‘Done, idea, that’s it, it’s happening, let’s go.’ Really quick and really creative, so really able to respond to each thing in the track”. 20 years of music under his belt, ROMANTHONY showed the kind of drive, determination and talent that is responsible for turning him into an international superstar. McKay states in the interview “I love his songs. I’m just a total fan. It’s really, really fucking sad that he’s not going to write any more songs”, which is perhaps the exact sentiment friends, family, and fans all share.
With such an enormous and natural gift as that possessed by this late musical genius, it’s no doubt that music industry has been forever changed. However, McKay offers a glimpse of hope in saying “I’ve had a chance to speak to his family and his closest advisors and we’re going to carry on as we did before bringing his songs to a new generation of dance fans, with the proceeds going to look after his kids.”
On May 7th, 2013, the world of house music and the fans who live in that house suffered a shocking loss. Romanthony, renowned for his vocal work on Daft Punk’s “One More Time”, passed away at the age of 46. Back in April, Dim Mak Records was proud to release a collaboration involving this pioneer of dance, Romanthony vs. Kevin McCay’s “The Wanderer EP”, which was met with much adoration from old and new fans alike.
Tommie Sunshine released a statement in regards to this massive loss of genius, stating that “we lost the most important voice of the second generation of House Music; without Romanthony, music will never be the same.”
We here at Dim Mak Records would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences to Romanthony’s family and friends in this time of mourning.
Read Tommie Sunshines full statement here.
Remember the days when dance music was a little chill, a little vibey, a little relaxed? The kind of music that sounded perfect coming from your computer speakers as you stayed up late to do your homework, and just as perfect coming from your car speakers while you cruised your city at dusk?