I love searching through records, in my own collection, in shops, in conventions, and there's always a time when, at some point, looking back at some records you like or ones you didn't put on the turntable in years, you ask yourself the question "what have those guys become ?". Most of the time, the producers are still producing today, or might have take a break or a hiatus from music producing... But what about the ones who made a few records, and then quite simply vanished in mid air ? As there are quite a few musicians and a whole lot of music lovers around here I thought it might be fun to start a topic like this, especially if some people know the actual producers who seem to have erased themselves from the public light for good.
I've asked myself the question with two artists recently, one is Stephen Nester, aka Slap or Belt and half of the "Happiness Boys" duo, owner of Duotone Records, experimental electronics musician, I've always loved his works, but apart from the records he did in the 80s, a cd compilation on Relic (a sublabel of Projekt) in the mid 90s, and more recently a reissue of some of his tracks on Macro (which gives no clue on his current state as he was obviously not involved in the project, his tracks on it being straight from the 80s releases) there remotely has been nothing new since the late 80s/early 90s... Anyone knows what he does now ? Is he still producing ? Is he still alive ? It begs the question (I think there might not be more than two different photos of him floating around).
The other artist I'm wondering about is Matrix (aka Tetsuo Tsuri), who published an album I love on Chain Reaction recordings a good ten years ago (called "Various Films") and then disappeared, which is quite unusual regarding the fact that all the artists to have published a cd on Chain Reaction always seem to pursue a musical career today (Monolake, Vainqueur/Substance, Fluxion, Vladislav Delay)... There is no photos of him that I know of, and as far as Discogs go, apart from the CR releases and a couple of tracks on compilations at the time, nobody has heard of him again. I know a former music critic that used to know him back in 1999/2000 but he has lost contact since Tsuri's mail address got erased for whatever reason...
Do you have such examples of artists you'd like to hear music from again ? Do you know any of such artists that just seemed to left music productions after a short but excellent string of releases ?