Detroit house producer Aaron-Carl dies at 37
Aaron-Carl Ragland, a genre-bending electronic music producer and singer, died Thursday from complications of lymphoma, only days after being diagnosed with the disease. Ragland turned 37 in August and has been producing and performing since the mid-1990s.
Ragland was scheduled to begin a European tour this month. The tour was canceled when he was hospitalized with pains in his abdomen and right kidney. After a series of tests, doctors found cancer cells in the network of vessels that make up the lymphatic system, a part of the body’s immune system.
Aaron-Carl was one of Detroit’s most engaging performers and dedicated to the mission of bringing house, techno and electro communities together. He recently launched a group called W.A.R.M.T.H. — which stands for “we are revolutionizing the movement of techno and house.” It now becomes his legacy, important work that needs to to be continued by others.
We are preparing a column to remember Aaron-Carl and honor his life and contributions. Many more thoughts on this innovative Detroit musical figure to come. How very sad. He will be missed.