Tributes to world-renowned Cornish dance musician

Tributes have been paid across social media to a Cornish musician who took his brand of euphoric dance music across the world.

Ian Hasdell passed away at Bassett Cove, near Portreath, on Friday, June 11, aged 51.

He formed world-renowned psytrance act Zetan Spore in the 1990s with his twin brother Mark. The duo’s tribal brand of dance music has been a highlight at festivals not just in Cornwall but across the UK and the planet.

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A friend and fan of Ian’s music has set up a fundraising website page to help his family with the cost of his funeral

Jennie Duncan wrote on the page: “Many of you will now be aware of the recent deeply sad news of Ian’s death. Ian’s death has been a massive shock to Mark, Nikki [Mark’s partner] to Mark and Ian’s mum, and us all.

“Mark has been painstakingly and lovingly following Ian’s last wishes to ensure his final requests are met.

“I am starting this crowdfunder to not only help with the cost of Ian’s funeral, but to enable Mark and Nikki, who are both self-employed, to take some time to be with Mark’s mother and to gently begin to come to terms with this devastating news.”

Jennie added: “Mark and Ian were of course the hugely talented psytrance duo Zetan Spore. They spent over 30 years at their craft, sharing their amazing musical talents worldwide, touring both near and distant shores. I know there are many lovely folks around the world who will be shocked and saddened by this news and will want to find a way to help.

“I have known Mark and Ian for decades. As twins they always stood out in a crowd and were often inseparable.

“I, like many of you, will have enjoyed a good stomp to their wonderfully uplifting music, and also their warm and genuine company and friendship. I am therefore asking you to please help Mark with some very unexpected costs.”

Ian formed Zetan Spore in west Cornwall in 1995 after being inspired by psychedelic rock bands such as Ozric Tentacles and the genre’s evolution into dance acts like Eat Static and Astralasia.

Starting with a secondhand Amiga 1200 computer, Ian began arranging samples for his own psychedelic dance music, more or less inventing the genre of psytrance.

After releasing his first album called Alien Frequencies in 1996 and then getting heavily into the world of synths and sampling, Ian’s twin Mark came on board playing guitar and didgeridoo to form their unique partnership and releasing regular new music over the years.

Among the tributes paid to Ian online is this one by musician Richard Searby-Bates: “RIP Ian Hasdell, a pal for over 25 years. It’s hard to imagine I won’t see your friendly face again.

“My first memory of Ian, I was a teenager visiting family in Cornwall, I walked into a bar alone and witnessed a room full of dry ice and UV, a band called Freakshow absolutely ripping and two incredible looking guys juggling over the band. I wanted so badly to be pals with this gang, and sure enough I found new friends in this crew.

“Life draws us all in different directions, but I’ll never forget the profound influence that your artistic aesthetic had on me in my teens, this was backed up by a caring, intelligent and interesting personality. You will be missed by many, my deepest love to your family.”

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Jennie told CornwallLive: “The energy of Zetan Spore’s music was just incredible and so uplifting. For the Cornish crew they have been stalwarts of festivals and parties such as the Lizard Party and Holifair for years – you always knew you’d get that stomping, high energy release, which many of us crave … especially now.

“How fantastic for Cornwall to have a couple of guys who were doing their own thing, which was inspired by Cornwall, and taking it around the world.”

She added: “It’s an absolute tragedy that Ian felt he had to take his own life – it’s terribly sad. I’m close friends with Mark and Nikki – I don’t think people who aren’t twins can fully understand the gravity of not only losing your brother but your twin.”

You can donate to Jennie’s fundraiser for Ian, which has raised almost £3,000 of a £7,000 target, here.

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