Drum- And- Bass DJ Kemistry Dies In Car Accident
Kemistry, drum- and- bass DJ and co-founder of the
famous Metalheadz record label and club,
died in a tragic car accident early Sunday
(April 25) morning in England.
Kemistry and her DJ
partner, Storm, were returning from a gig in
Southampton, 90 minutes southeast of London,
when their car apparently struck a loose divider in
the middle of the road. Neither was believed to be
driving, and Kemistry was the lone fatality.
Kemi Olusanya, aka Kemistry, founded
Metalheadz with Goldie and Storm in 1994. Since
its inception as a record label and weekly club,
Metalheadz has been the preeminent drum- and-
bass organization, home to artists such as
Grooverider, Peshay, and Photek. Kemistry &
Storm were internationally revered not only for
being two of the best female DJs in the scene, but
for also serving as a pioneering force in the genre
for nearly a decade. It was Kemistry, in fact, who
gave Goldie his first gig as a DJ.
Studio K7 Records recently released a Kemistry
& Storm mix CD for the DJ Kicks series. Fans
can send their condolences to Metalheadz, Unit 52,
Canalot Studios, 222 Kensal Road, London, W10
2BN, or fax 0181-964-0890.
Wednesday November 10,
died in freak road accident
A woman DJ was killed in a freak accident
when a reflective marker was flicked up from the road byanother vehicle
and smashed through the windscreen of a car in which she was a passenger,
an inquest heard today.
Kemi Olusanya, 35, who performed under
the name Kemistry, died instantly with a fractured jaw after being struck
in the face by the 4.5kg plastic and metal reflector.
The object was thrown up by a van which
swung out from a slip road on the M3 at Winchester.
Ms Olusanya, of Finsbury Park, was in a
VW Golf GTI driven by her friend Jane Conneely returning from a late-night
gig in Southampton.
Recording a verdict of accidental death,
coroner Grahame Short said he would be writing to the Highways Agency because
it as clear some reflectors were not set in the road properly.
Wednesday November 10, 10:45 PM
Killed By A Cat's Eye
A WOMAN DJ was killed in a freak accident
when a cat's eye road reflector thrown up by a van smashed through a car
windscreen and hit her in the face.
Londoner Kemi Olusanya, 35, was in the
front seat of her friend's car when the plastic and metal eflector became
a lethal missile on the M3 at Winchester, Hampshire. At an inquest yesterday,
a oroner said she was the victim of a cruel twist of fate and recorded
a verdict of accidental death.
AUTO ACCIDENT CLAIMS THE LIFE OF
DRUM-N-BASS PIONEER DJ KEMISTRY
Kemi Olusanya, one half of drum-n-bass duo Kemistry and Storm, was
fatally wounded while driving back to London from an appearance in
Southhampton with her partner, Storm, during the early hours of
Sunday April 25. Storm, who was not injured in any way but
emotionally, could not be reached for further details concerning the
As one of the main protagonists and co-founder of Goldie's Metalheadz
label and club, Kemistry wielded influence in the global drum-n-bass
scene that went far beyond her limited number of recordings and
tag-team work with Storm. Kemi was actually one of the first people to
introduce Goldie to the burgeoning jungle scene back in early '92. She
was also highly instrumental in hooking up Photek, Adam F and J Majik
for the heavyweight Metalheadz I and II compilations. If you wish to
send any thoughts of condolescence to the Metalheadz crew, check
www.metalheadz.co.uk for addresses.
Kemistry's magic can be appreciated complementing her partner
Storm's skills on the duo's latest and last "DJ Kicks" release from the
German Studio K7 label. While fans have at least this recording to
remind them of Kemistry's worldly vision, her true mastery of dark and
brooding breakbeats could only be best experienced live.
Having performed just two weeks ago at Physics' drum-n-bass night at
New York's club Vanity, Kemistry and Storm roughed up the turntables
in front of NYC's own hardcore junglists. Check www.digitalnoise.com
for some of that special night's live recordings. She'll be sorely missed...