Hailing from Colombia, DJ Fronter had releases on Toolroom Records, Nervous Records, and Circus Recordings.
The worldwide house and techno community mourns the untimely passing of DJ Fronter this week. The DJ and producer was found dead from a reported drug overdose on Tuesday, November 14 at the age of 32.
According to NJ.com, police arrived at a Fort Lee, New Jersey motel to find five individuals suffering from symptoms consistent with an overdose. Despite being treated with with Naloxone, two passed away.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed to EDM Identity that one of the deceased was Jhonatan Andrès Pai Morales aka DJ Fronter. The other was Cindy Soto Montoya.
Morales was born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia on June 20, 1991. He began DJing in 2006 and took up music production in 2008. In the years that followed, his Latin-infused techno and house records would land on over 50 labels and earn him bookings throughout North and South America as well as Asia and Europe.
Early highlights from DJ Fronter’s discography include his ADN EP on 1605 Music Therapy as well as his and Steve R‘s “Freedom” on Nervous Records. In 2015, he released The Beginning EP via Toolroom Records, and twice he released collaborative EPs on Hot Creations.
“Really sad news about DJ Fronter,” wrote UK producer AndThen in a social media post. “Love his music and had the honour of being on a Circus release with him. Really sad.”
“We are completely heartbroken to hear that we lost one of our tribesmen,” wrote Saeed Younan‘s Younan Music in a statement. “Our condolences to the family. We are lighting a candle in your honor. Journey in peace DJ Fronter.”
A memorial service for Jhonatan Andrès Pai Morales will take place in Elizabeth, New Jersey on Tuesday, November 21. More information is available on Las Rosas Bannworth Funeral Home‘s website.