DJ Spank-Spank of Phuture Has Died
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:52:48
Earl Smith Jr. (aka DJ Spank-Spank) has died.
DJ Spank-Spank was a legend of EDM; a member of the pioneering Chicago acid house group Phuture, along with DJ Pierre and Herb J. The group posted the news of Spank-Spank's passing on their Facebook page, expressing their love for him and promising to continue work on his final album.
DJ Spank-Spank suffered a stroke this past May, which required surgery, but cause of death has not yet been announced.
Pierre, Herb and Spank-Spank, formed Phuture in 1985. Spank-Spank was the group's primary vocalist and lead drum programmer. The trio are best known for their expansive 1987 single "Acid Tracks," a track which is widely considered one of the first songs to birth the acid house genre.
Outside of his work with the trio Spank-Spank released a number of solo records, such as 1996's "Another World."
Speaking with Thump Dj Pierre said, "Spanky is the reason why the group Phuture was formed. The world has no idea how talented he was and how much I depended on him. He texted me last night saying he was working on music and how excited he was to have this opportunity to perform again. We were working on our album project and he was so excited about that. I'm just speechless right now. He lived for this music. So we will make sure he forever will live in this music we created together. He will be in a better place. Love each other people. Love life."
"Spank is (was) a legend. We will for certain continue the work he's started on his final album project and his innovations in music. Please for now: Pray for his family and DJ Pierre his brother. Allow them time to grieve. We will come back with news," wrote Phuture's manager Dragan Greensmith.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff