The Australian electronic music industry is in shock with news of the passing of Andrew Penhallow.
Andrew Penhallow's passing was confirmed tonight in a post by Boxcar, one of the Australian artists released on his Volition Records label in the 1990s.
Volition also signed bands outside the electronic genre including Falling Joys and Big Heavy Stuff.
The label pushed what would usually be seen as underground music into the mainstream consciousness with Severed Heads' Dead Eyes Opened remix reaching #16 on the ARIA Charts in 1994, South End's The Winner Is... hitting #9 while Sexing the Cherry and Single Gun Theory also cracked the top 50 singles and albums charts respectively. The label also saw success for artists like Boxcar in the US and UK while Itch-E and Scratch-E's Sweetness and Light is remembered as a true crossover point after winning the ARIA for Best Dance Release in 1995. So strong was the label in the scene at that time that the song won in a category which also included Boxcar and Single Gun Theory.
In 1994 Penhallow co-founded the Boiler Room at the Big Day Out. Volition came to an end in 1997 with Penhallow re-emerging with publishing company Higher Songs and management company 2000AV where he steered the career of Love Tattoo. He also worked with Pulse Radio, Australia's first internet radio station and created albums with Grafton Primary, Waldo G and Pty Ltd via his A Higher Sound production company co-founded with Craig Obey.
He founded Resolution Music in 2005, working with bands including Nantes and Quails and continued innovating with enterprises like club servicing platform Concrete Promo.