US Techno Wunderkind i_o Has Died
US Techno Wunderkind i_o Has DiedNovember 25, 2020
In an announcement posted to his Instagram account, DJ-producer Garrett Falls Lockhart, better known as i_o, passed away at the age of 30 on November 23rd, 2020.
“This extremely talented spirit taught us that even if nothing matters, you can still lead with love,” the post reads. “Garret’s truth and soul lives on through the music he shared.”
Currently, the young artist’s cause of death is not public knowledge.
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Having first produced music under the moniker Fawkes with releases on labels like Dim Mak and DOORN Records, Garrett Lockhart stunned the world of dance music when he premiered his i_o project with the track “Warning” on the 2017 mau5trap compilation We Are Friends, Vol. 7.
A slew of revered techno releases followed on deadmau5’s label, such as his celebrated Rave 444 and House Of God EPs. In addition to releasing big hits on mau5trap, he also pushed out a stunning mixture of techno, deep house, and trance via labels such as Anjunadeep, SPINNIN’, and Armada Music — the latter of which he had just signed to back in August and pushed out his last single, “Castles In The Sky,” only a few days ago. i_o will live on through his fantastic productions and always be remembered for wowing crowds at venues and festivals such as Ultra, Electric Zoo, Igloofest, Solaris Music Festival, Beyond Wonderland, and more.
On Twitter, a flurry of artists and fans alike have expressed their heartbreak at the news.
Watching Garett become @i_oofficial and finally have his talents be fully recognized is one of the proudest moments of my career, even though I had absolutely nothing to do with it. He was going to take over the fucking world
— JAUZ (@Jauzofficial) November 24, 2020
Going to miss you my dude, it was a real pleasure working with you and watching you succeed… may you find rest, and let your music live on into eternity. pic.twitter.com/wwKh0prn1q
— Goat lord (@deadmau5) November 24, 2020
I can’t even think straight right now.
I fucking love you so much, Garrett. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be where I am in music. Thank you for always lighting up every room you walked into and every stage you stepped on. I’m gonna miss you so much.
— Sully (@SullivanKing) November 24, 2020
Garrett was unlike anyone I’d ever met. Honest and raw. Cynical and whimsical all in one. All year we worked on music and it got me thru. Prolific as hell, talent thru the roof. Every time I look at the clock and it’s 4:44 I’ll think of you.
444 forever. @i_oofficial pic.twitter.com/xWRL35oWrm
— Lights (@lights) November 25, 2020
I’m at a loss for words man, I can’t believe we lost you Garrett..this really hurts. You were such an inspiration to so many and myself included, I’m gonna miss you brother, I love you man.. rest in peace @i_oofficial pic.twitter.com/ak7DK14omf
— 𝐆𝐇𝐀𝐒𝐓𝐋𝐘 (@Ghastly) November 24, 2020