News: Luis Vasquez of The Soft Moon Dies

Luis Vasquez, who was known for his post-punk solo project The Soft Moon, has died.

“It is with great sadness that we announce our dear friend, Luis Vasquez has passed away,” reads a statement on the Soft Moon social media accounts. “Our hearts and thoughts are with his family, friends, and extended music family. We ask to respect their privacy during this difficult time. If you have a memory of Luis, no matter if you were a close friend of his or not, please feel free to share. This is a huge loss, and our hearts are broken.”

While the cause of death has not been revealed, Resident Advisor is reporting that Los Angeles-based DJ and producer John Juan Mendez, also known as Silent Servant, and his partner Simone Ling, were apparently killed in the same incident.

Vasquez was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Victorville, California, where he started performing in punk bands at a young age. However, in 2009, he started his post-punk project The Soft Moon, which released five albums, the most recent being 2022’s Exister on Sacred Bones Records. Vasquez will be sorely missed by the music community.

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