The world of drum'n'bass remembers the life and mourns the loss of one of it's most luminary figures, producer and DJ Apex, born Robert Dickeson. He died Sept. 30, 2017. The cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Billboard Dance has reached out to his team for comment.
Known to friends as Rob, Dickeson was an instrumental figure in the electronic community, inspiring with his own expansive and emotive body of work, moving behind-the-scenes as a collaborator on others' projects and just making a difference in the life of one he touched.
He broke on to the music scene as producer and DJing member of the d'n'b band Unknown Error. Its 2006 double release "Yearning / Midnight Special" showcased a melodic, beat-heavy sound so well engineered, it fits seamlessly into the modern soundscape. Released on Horizons Music, it helped moved the genre forward and first introduced Dickeson to a generation of producers and engineers that would go on to become icons in the d'n'b, dubstep and other bass worlds.