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D&B veteran Optiv has died

His death was "a total shock", say colleagues

2020 Jan 07     
2 Bit Thugs

The cause of his death has not been made public

The drum & bass community was in shock today following news of the untimely death of scene veteran Optiv. 

Born Edward Holmes, and also sometimes recording as Subhuman, Optiv was a founding member of the group and label collective Cause4Concern, who are known for having helped shape the sound of tech-step and neurofunk over the past two decades. He also ran his own label Red Light Records, and was known for his prolific output, with Optiv and Cause4Concern tracks appearing on dozens of different labels.

Holmes and fellow Cause4Concern member CZA (real name Mark Clements) recently celebrated their 20th anniversary at a New Year's party in Bulgaria. The cause of his death is not known but a post announcing the tragic news on Cause4Concern's Facebook page said in part, "this has come as a total shock to us".

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.





Tags: Optiv, Edward Holmes, Cause4Concern, Mark Clements, CZA, Red Light Records, D&B, D+B, DnB, drum & bass, drum n' bass, neurofunk, tech-step