Silent Servant has died

The news was confirmed by the influential LA-based DJ and producer’s management today (19 January).

Silent Servant – aka John Juan Mendez – has passed away. The Sandwell District artist’s death was confirmed in an email sent to Resident Advisor by his management Triangle Agency. The cause of death has not yet been shared.

Last year, Mendez released In Memoriam via Tresor – an EP described as a “deeply personal memoir of a 30-plus year career spent exploring and absorbing the shadowy side of music”.

Known under his Silent Servant alias, Mendez formed part of Sandwell District collective from 2002 until 2011 when the trio parted ways. Following this, he co-founded the label Jealous God with Regis and James Ruskin. Over the years, Mendez released work on imprints including Cititrax, Hospital Productions and BITE and held a long-running residency on NTS with his Optimist Decay show. In addition to his musical output, Mendez was an art director and photographer.

Earlier this week, a new Sandwell District compilation, entitled WHERE NEXT ?, was announced. In light of the news of Mendez’s passing, artists and fans have been paying their dues to the legendary electronic artist. Read a selection of tributes below.