Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Passings: Guru Josh, Creator of the European Dance Hit "Infinity" (1964 - 2015)

Update: According to TMZ, Guru Josh had been suffering from depression and all signs point to his having committed suicide.

According to the report, he had planned on flying home to see his father and asked his manager to pick him up at 11 AM. When the manager arrived, Guru Josh was dead.

Guru Josh, the artist who took the song Infinity to the British top five twice since 1989, has died at the age of 51. No cause of death has been announced.

Born Paul Walden in New Jersey, he originally went to school to follow in his father's footsteps as a dentist but worked on the side at the Sands nightclub in Atlantic City as a DJ working under the name of Syndrone and Animal and His Crazy Organs.

In 1989, he recorded Infinity (1990's...Time For the Guru) which became an international hit around the world except his home country who had not really embraced dance music. In the U.K., where it was first embraced in Manchester and eventually broke out with the rave crowd, it peaked at number 5 while it was number 1 in Spain, number 2 in Germany and Belgium, number 3 in the Netherlands, number 4 in Australia and Switzerland and number 5 in Norway and Austria.

He followed the song later in 1990 with Whose Law (Is It Anyway?) which made the top twenty in Germany, Austria and Switzerland but only made it to 26 in the U.K.

The next year, Guru Josh decided to branch out into multimedia production, including the Dance in Cyberspace series. He continued to perform worldwide and moved to Ibiza to run his production company.

In 1995, a very techno version of Infinity was released as a remix by DJ Taucher but it was in 2008 when a new version by the Guru Josh Project and remixed by DJ Klaas. In its new version, it went to number 1 in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary and Israel and number 3 in the U.K. Infinity 2008 also hit in the U.S. where it topped the Hot Dance Airplay chart.

Guru Josh also produced 3D glass art under the name of Louis Fabrix.