A year ago today, the world said goodbye to one of dubstep’s greatest thinkers. Cookie Monsta’s label, Circus Records, has shocked the entire dance music community with the tragic news that the 31-year-old producer has passed away unexpectedly.
Now, a year later, the stage continues to mourn the absence of the famed bass music producer, while appreciating the legacy he left with his music.
Cookie Monsta was almost the ground floor of Circus Records, one of the most impactful imprints that would dramatically shape the trajectory of modern dubstep. It didn’t take long for label co-founder Doctor P to realize that taking a chance on Cookie was one of the best business decisions he could have made. His first record on the label, Ginger Pubes / Blurgh! alone has since reached tens of millions of ears and continues to be held in high esteem among longtime fans of the genre.
Among his closest collaborators, the memory of Cookie Monsta is omnipresent. FuntCase, who shared the stage with the “Ruff” producer too many times to count, recently recalled feeling that their Lost Lands experience this year was incomplete without Cookie Monsta by their side.
Offstage, Cookie Monsta has often been described as having a good heart and, in the words of Records of Disciples, “a great friend for all.” He is survived by his son Olly, otherwise known affectionately as “Mini Monsta”.
Check out some of the Cookie Monsta tributes below.