The Australian music community is honouring pioneering local producer DJ Kuya (real name Arsenio Fabay) who passed away this week.
The death of the three-time Victorian DMC State champion has been confirmed by his label The Operatives, who took to Facebook to break the sad news to fans.
“Today is a tough day for all of us at the ops camp,” they write.
“We send our deepest love to DJ Kuya’s family and friends. A true general has fallen and we are devastated. Kuya we love you bro. So much. U will be missed.”
Fabay had earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most innovative and original DJs over his near 30-year career, which saw him share the stage with the likes of Public Enemy, Gaslamp Killer and DJ Krush.
He claimed the Australian ITF DJ title in 1999, and released his debut EP Dark Days last year.
Tributes to the respected artist have been flooding in from the likes of Briggs, Doc Felix and many more of his musical peers.
Check out what they had to say, below.
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— DJ Sheep (@djsheep) February 22, 2018
Wow! Just find out about Australian turntable/DJ legend DJ Kuya. Real sorry to hear about his passing. Rest In Peace. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/wi5lxxeKLK
— DJ Psykhomantus (@Psykhomantus) February 22, 2018
RIP DJ Kuya. I can't quite put in to words how much I am going to miss our many, many chats about music tech, synths, travel, memes, basketball, life, everything.
— ShaneCrixus (@ShaneCrixus) February 22, 2018
R.I.P to our friend and Australian turntable/DJ legend DJ Kuya. You will be sorely missed!
— WAX MUSEUM RECORDS (@waxmuseumrecord) February 22, 2018
RIP DJ Kuya … a huge loss for Melbourne.
— roachdawg (@aaronroach) February 23, 2018
Rip Dj Kuya. 1 of the illest
— iLiaTheiLLesT (@Fevapres) February 22, 2018