Tributes flow as DJ Ajax dies

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One of Australia’s most respected DJs, Sydney stalwart Ajax has died in Melbourne overnight. Ajax, real name Adrian Thomas, was one of the founding members of the Bang Gang crew that helped usher electro to a wider audience in Australia and worldwide.

Ajax founded Sweat It Out records – a label that included artists like Yolanda Be Cool and Oh Snap! On its roster – and took out the title of Australia’s #1 DJ in the inthemix awards in 2006 and 2007, ranking in the Top 5 every year from 2005-2009. Ajax was able to transition from DJ to promoter to record label and artist manager, using his entrepreneurial skills to develop a strong brand both in Australia and internationally.

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Thomas died when he was struck by a truck in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville overnight. “It’s believed the man ran in front of the north-bound truck on College Crescent shortly before 1am. He died at the scene,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed.

Chinese Laundry, where Ajax was a resident for 7 years, was one of the first to break the news on social media. Pioneering and well loved by audiences and the industry, the tributes to Adrian have been flowing in worldwide:


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Kennyk said on the 28th Feb, 2013

Sad sad news, thoughts are with his family.


Chay83 said on the 28th Feb, 2013

Very sad. Guy did amazing things for the Australian dance music scene.


djtoki said on the 28th Feb, 2013

I followed his rise up the dj ranks in the late 90's/early 00's. extremely talented guy with a great taste in music. Fond memories of his sets at Tweekin, globe, dendy, sabotage etc. very versatile he could play everything from deep house through to breaks to techno and you always knew it was gonna be good. Thoughts go to his family....


jc_miller said on the 28th Feb, 2013

so terribly sad. RIP Ajax.


cizza said on the 28th Feb, 2013

One of my first ever clubbing experiences was to SoS to see Ajax play. I'll never forget this as it opened up a whole new scene for me, and I have Ajax to thank for that. Sad day indeed.


slackas said on the 28th Feb, 2013

Worst friday news ever, shows you have to be careful... life is super fragile. RIP mate.


Chay83 said on the 28th Feb, 2013

FYI - Herald Sun have pretty much copied your article word for word, hopefully you get credits for it itm.


roarz said on the 28th Feb, 2013

so many memories with this guy on the dancefloor! RIP dance lengend


jamwildway said on the 28th Feb, 2013

This is so sad RIP Ajax. A true dance legend.


pliaka01 said on the 28th Feb, 2013

Very sad news, RIP mate.


Mickstah said on the 28th Feb, 2013

Wow, huge shock this new is! Very sad, RIP!


thesuntoucher said on the 28th Feb, 2013

Sad news, thoughts are with friends and family. He was truly an Australian trailblazer. RIP


dirtyepic said on the 1st Mar, 2013

Wow. Tragic news. Much love to his family and friends at this difficult time.


Morecowbell said on the 1st Mar, 2013

Terrible news...Ajax was undoubtedly the man who introduced dance music to so many in my generation. Not only an incredibly talented artist, but I had the pleasure of meeting him on a couple of occasions and he was honestly one of the most humble and genuinely friendly guys I've come across. RIP.

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special ed said on the 1st Mar, 2013

i dont know what to say..... devastating news


deepbeetzz said on the 1st Mar, 2013

This has really really shaken me so much, I feel like the community in oz is what it is today in large part due to Ajax, and probably wont b the same again for some time due to him now not being here. He effected my life and lots of others, anyone who has partied in Sydney over the last 10yrs owes Ajax some love and respect today. RIP.


aguilare said on the 1st Mar, 2013

RIP to an Icon in Australian dance music, he influenced a lot of young artists and himself and the Bang Gang crew brought mashed up to a next level in Aus.


ZeNrG said on the 1st Mar, 2013

Ajax my freind, I know that you'll be forever spinnin those masif choonz as you're dancing above the clouds!!! R.I.P And don't forget us in your final journey to that great dancefloor in heaven & in turn I promise to never forget you!!! You'll be in our hearts & in our ears for eternity, you will be missed by us all... I'll never forget the good ol' Hard Kandy days that you made so magic!!! Goodbye bruva!!! ZeNrG


bechall said on the 2nd Mar, 2013

RIP Jaxxy. You'll be missed by so many but will live on forever


ravelikespastic said on the 5th Mar, 2013

How sad, terrible terrible news.