The musician Guru Josh, who had his biggest hit with Infinity in 1990 as rave culture swept Britain, has died aged 51.
His agent, Sharron Elkabas, confirmed to the Guardian that Guru Josh, whose real name was Paul Walden, had died in Ibiza on Monday. The cause of death is unclear.
He gained notoriety in 1990 when his debut single ‘Infinity (1990s … Time for the Guru)’ reached number 5 in the UK charts. He enjoyed further success with singles ‘Freaky Dreamer’, ‘Holographic Dreams’ and ‘Whose Law (Is it anyway?)’ and later made music as part of the Guru Josh Project.
Earlier this year Walden told the Guardian he had been playing in a rock band called Joshua Cries Wolf and gigging in London pubs until one night in 1988 when “somebody popped an ecstasy tab in my mouth” and he started playing house music.
Walden said the song ‘Infinity’ was created when a friend of his commissioned him to create white labels for a club night of the same name. Walden used the saxophone player from his previous band to create the now-iconic sound on the track.
Walden moved to Ibiza where he worked as an artist and ran a promotions company. In 2008 his track ‘Infinity’ enjoyed renewed success when it was remixed by German artist DJ Klaas and released, reaching the number one spot in countries across Europe and selling around six million copies.