Influential UK DJ Steve Sutherland has died.
The longstanding DJ and broadcaster, who was a pivotal figure on the UK club circuit and airwaves, was a champion of UK Garage, R&B, grime and hip-hop, among other styles. As well as being a presenter on stations like Choice and Galaxy FM, Sutherland was co-founder of party brand Twice As Nice, and held residencies at iconic clubs such as Pacha Ibiza and Ministry Of Sound.
Sutherland was widely celebrated over the years for his invaluable contribution to Black British music, and won four MOBO Awards for Best Club DJ between 2000 and 2006.
Tributes have been paid to the legendary DJ since the sad news of his death was shared on Friday. “His contribution to the Black British Music scene will never be forgotten,” wrote MOBO on Twitter. Tributes have also come from figures including Trevor Nelson, Jumpin’ Jack Frost and Beverly Knight.
Our condolences go out to Sutherland’s family and friends at this time.
#RIP Steve Sutherland – He didn’t knock on doors, he kicked them off to help raise the culture for UK Black music. This set @TwiceasNiceUK is an example of why he was a @MOBOAwards winning DJ https://t.co/BEj3oKdCW4
— Jumpin Jack Frost (@djjjfrost) July 11, 2020
I am so gutted to hear of #SteveSutherland’s passing. The amount of times he’d get my to leave my house late in the evening to appear on his radio show “it’s gotta be live Bev, no pre-record business!” A BRILLIANT, well loved DJ with an immense legacy. Gutted.
— Beverley Knight (@Beverleyknight) July 10, 2020
Just heard the sad news of another great loss to British black music. Condolences to the Family of Steve Sutherland who I first met and worked with at the Kensington roof gardens 30 years ago. @TwiceasNiceUK r.i.p
— Trevor Nelson (@DJTrevorNelson) July 10, 2020