The founder of Roland and the extremely popular DJ-808‘s, Ikutaro Kakehashi passed away over the weekend. At the age of 87, the Japanese engineer was known as a driving pioneer for electronic music. His contributions to the DJ community were spread across all genres, ranging from rap, to electronic, to pop music.
Back in 2013, Kakehashi was awarded a Technical GRAMMY, and rightfully so. Think about it, popular producers like MetroBoomin, MikeWillMadeIt, to EDM icons like Tiesto or even DJ Snake wouldn’t exist without the contributions of Kakehashi. Essentially, this Japanese engineer is responsible for the creation of Trap music. I bet you didn’t expect that, did you? Long story short, this man was a f**king legend.
The tragic news spread like wildfire, and the DJ community, ranging from Black Madonna to Hudson Mohawke, paid homage.
RIP Ikutaro Kakehashi of Roland. The man responsible for the 101, 303, 808, 909 and many other beloved machines we use to make our music.
— erol alkan (@erolalkan) April 1, 2017
A great loss to human culture, robot music and spiritual machines. Godspeed Mr. Kakehashi and thank you. https://t.co/cRa5HUVv1p
— The Black Madonna (@blackmadonnachi) April 1, 2017
A man who changed Music Ikutaro Kakehashi the Man behind the Roland Synth,808 and more has sadly passed. Thanks for the Electro sounds.????
— Marc Almond (@MarcAlmond) April 2, 2017
RIP Ikutaro Kakehashi. like many others, am in his debt. the thing that started me in electronic music was a roland alpha juno 2
— matthew herbert (@matthewherbert) April 1, 2017
Imagine there'd never bn a 808 909 101 303 etc. Wud all b stuck listening to guitars. (How many can I offend) RIP Roland's Ikutaro Kakehashi
— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) April 1, 2017
— Chris Carter (@chris_carter_) April 2, 2017
A Japanese man invented the 808. He died yesterday pay your respects.
— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) April 2, 2017
— Darude (@Darudevil) April 2, 2017
Rest in bass my friend Ikutaro Kakehashi! Another example of not judging a book by its cover! This man invented the fuggin 808 open ur minds pic.twitter.com/ob7L7VMfWM
— G L K (@GASLAMPKILLER) April 2, 2017
Amen to that, Rest In Peace Ikutaro Kakehashi, your legacy will live on forever.