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Jonty Skruff dies

By | Published on Thursday 19 March 2020

Jonty Skrufff

DJ, producer and music journalist Jonty Skrufff has died, his wife and fellow DJ Fidelity Kastrow announced in a statement on his Facebook page earlier this week. He had been receiving treatment for cancer.

Kastrow wrote that Skrufff had “slipped away peacefully and painless in his sleep” on 6 Mar. “Jonty was extremely intuitive, generous, sincere and grateful”, she said. “He assured me and his treating doctors ‘I’ve had a great life'”.

Real name Jonathan Adderley, he had a long career in dance music, initially as a journalist – primarily at Muzik, which he helped to launch in 1995 as its lead feature writer – then a DJ and later a music maker in his own right.

He was also behind the Thirst Aid campaign in the 90s, pressuring nightclubs to provide free drinking water to clubbers. As a result, it was made law that clubs and pubs in the UK must provide access to free drinking water to all customers.

As well as working in traditional print journalism, Skrufff was an early online writer too, leaving Muzik in 1997 to run EMI’s website, promoting work released by the then major label’s various electronic imprints.

In 2000, he left EMI to work on a similar website for the Mezzanine nightclub group, before launching his own independent website, Skrufff Media, in 2001. There he published a weekly influential e-zine for fifteen years, counting numerous musicians and music industry figures as avid readers.

He launched himself as a DJ in 2004 and released the first of his own music in 2008. He maintained his connections behind the scenes too, working as a year round consultant to the Amsterdam Dance Event.

Numerous music industry figures have paid tribute as news of Skrufff’s death was made public. Among them, the Pet Shop Boys said: “Jonty had a unique style, a sweet personality and a massive love of music. We will miss hanging out with him in Berlin and he will be a great loss to the dance community”.

Meanwhile Mute Records boss Daniel Miller – who remixed Skrufff’s 2017 track ‘Warpaint’ – said: “Jonty was a man of many talents: a writer, an educator, a great DJ and producer but more than that he was an inspiration through his great strength and commitment to his life and his art. I will miss a great friend enormously”.

Details of Skrufff’s funeral and memorial party are set to be announced in the coming days.