In Memory of i_o

On November 25, 2020 by ocedm

Yesterday afternoon, i_o’s Twitter announced that he had passed away on Monday November 23 at the way too early age of 30. The post stated “On Monday, November 23rd the world lost a beautiful soul, Garrett Falls Lockhart, also known as i_o. This extremely talented spirit taught us that even if nothing matters, you can still lead with love. Garrett’s truth and soul lives on through the music he shared. Rest in peace, Garrett. We love you.”

When the news popped up on my timeline, it hit me like a ton of bricks, just like the news of Avicii two years ago. I sat at my computer for a while just staring at the screen, not knowing what to think. Garrett Lockhart had just released his take on “Castles In The Sky” by Ian Van Dahl from Armada Music this past Friday November 20 and was gone a few days later.

His sound had resonated with me since I first heard of him, whether it was something with dark basslines, his acid techno style, or songs with uplifting melodies. I pretty much played his tracks and mixes nonstop. If you needed a tune to pump you up or a song to relax to, i_o had you covered.

The Los Angeles based artist, who was originally from Washington D.C., initially caught my attention with a previous alias in Fawks. Five years ago today in 2015, the Icon Collective graduate played at the B!G Block Party at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana alongside close friends Sullivan King and Yultron, all of whom were in their early days as artists. I posted his track called “afk” from Doorn Records in 2017 and thought he would make his way to the top, though he would soon change his name to i_o a few months later.

i_o had become one of my favorite producers over the past couple of years. In 2018, I wrote about “Not Techno“, his “SCRIPTKIDDI” EP, “Feel You Now” featuring Mike Schmid, and his “Low” EP. 2019 was an impressive year for i_o as he released his remix of “Imaginary Friends” by deadmau5, “404 Anonymous“, Let Me Go” with Tommy Trash featuring Daisy Guttridge, his “Death By Techno” EP, his remix of “Alchemy” by Above & Beyond featuring Zoë Johnston, and his “House Of God” EP. 2020 continued in the same manner with his remix of “Mr. Navigator” by Armin van Buuren and Tempo Giusto, his “NRG 444” EP, his remix of of “Access” by DJ Misjah and DJ Tim, his “AM 444” EP, his “révolution” EP with Raito, “In My Head“, and last week’s remix of “Castles In The Sky” by Ian Van Dahl.

His sets and mixes were also always on repeat for me as well. He had performed at a number of Insomniac’s Virtual Rave-A-Thon’s this year, such as Countdown, EDC Las Vegas, and Escape Halloween. Other sets to check out include his NEST HQ Guest Mix, Hello Friend 003, his 1001Tracklists Exclusive Mix, Hello Friend 008 (mau5trap radio Rip), his EDC Las Vegas 2019 set (Hello Friend 013), Hello Friend 015 ALL ACID mix, Kitchen Session 01, and Hello Friend 018 << the mix from the afterhours you didnt tell your friends about>>.

Numerous artists, collaborators, record labels he had released from, and industry leaders like Jauz, deadmau5, REZZ, Armin van Buuren, Pasquale Rotella, Lights, Grimes, Kayzo, Sullivan King, Ruben de Ronde, mau5trap, FuntCase, k?d, Subtronics, Orjan Nilsen, Armada Music, Ghastly, Yultron, and more shared their thoughts on i_o on Twitter and Instagram.

It will definitely be an i_o techno night tonight (or this week…this month…the rest of the year…).

https://twitter.com/Grimezsz/status/1331710468596125697

https://twitter.com/KayzoMusic/status/1331383586700726272

https://twitter.com/SullivanKing/status/1331383531776380929

https://twitter.com/TrivectaMusic/status/1331408931395162112

https://twitter.com/FuntCaseUK/status/1331396263384920064

https://twitter.com/orjan_nilsen/status/1331388256076910593

https://twitter.com/Armada/status/1331520885522657281

https://twitter.com/Ghastly/status/1331384633187987456

https://twitter.com/davedresden/status/1331399554516697088

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