Andrew Barker, member of Manchester electronica band 808 State, has passed away.
Seminal acid house group 808 State was formed by Graham Massey, Martin Price and Gerald Simpson in 1988. Andrew Barker and Darren Partington, known as the Spinmasters, joined in 1989 following Simpson’s departure.
808 State released album ‘Newbuild’ in 1988 and collaborated with artists such as James Dean Bradfield and Björk. Their latest album 'Transmission Suite', was released in 2019 - the band's first album in 17 years.
The band announced his passing via the following statement earlier today:
Its with a heavy heart to inform you of the passing of Andrew Barker . "His family and friends asks that people respect their privacy at this time but remember him for the joy he brought through his personality and music. You’ll be sadly missed” pic.twitter.com/cPR8W3byJl— 808 State (@state808) November 7, 2021
It reads: "Its with a heavy heart to inform you of the passing of Andrew Barker".
The statement from his family said: "His family and friends asks that people respect their privacy at this time but remember him for the joy he brought through his personality and music. You’ll be sadly missed”.
In an interview from 2019 with Skiddle, Barker spoke of his entry to DJing and the emergence of 808 State: "I started DJing when I was fourteen in a local youth club, playing early hip hop and electro. By the time I was old enough to go out clubbing, house music had arrived. The similarity between electro and house was what seduced me to the new genre. It had a huge influence on what I was playing in my sets and creating in the studio.”
“By 1988, I had a couple of residences, I was going to warehouse parties and making music regularly. I had a weekly radio show and 808 State was born, a long and successful journey which has brought us here today, on the precipice of another release."
Tributes have been pouring in since the announcement towards the Manchester great from far and wide.
Very sad to hear Andy Barker of 808 State has passed away. Jockey Slut is a product of Manchester and we were very much inspired by the band, Quadrastate was one of the first records we bought when we moved to the city in 1989. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/ACHjMAzXnC— Jockey Slut (@JockeySlut) November 7, 2021
Rip Andy Barker, an enormous influence for so many, and for me especially at a formative time in my listening life. Safe travels, pilgrim.— TBM (@Blessed_Madonna) November 7, 2021
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So sad to hear this about Andy Barker of 808 State. I first met him 35 years ago. He was a bringer of joy, a totally delightful fella - “After a happy life Andrew Barker experienced a short period of illness and passed away in his hometown of Manchester yesterday, 6th November”. pic.twitter.com/rDEKSmgTKY— Dave Haslam (@Mr_Dave_Haslam) November 7, 2021
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