Tributes paid to ‘irreplaceable’ DJ

DJ James Dyson, who died this week.
DJ James Dyson, who died this week.

A YOUNG DJ who provided the soundtrack to the city’s nightlife died suddenly this week.

James Dyson, 24, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary on Monday night just before he was due to entertain clubbers at Havana, on Market Street, where he had a residency.

Friends of the Scissett-based DJ said a sudden brain haemmorhage caused his death.

Havana manager Andrew Tillotson said Mr Dyson would be “impossible to replace”.

He said: “This was a very sudden and tragic event.

“James had an unbelievable following and was a very popular and lively character who will be sorely missed.”

Mr Dyson was named Corona DJ of the Year in 2008 after winning a national mixing competition at London’s Ministry of Sound nightclub.

He was then invited to the Prater Dome, in Vienna, where he competed in a world final.

Mr Dyson was best known for playing house and electro music, and was also a resident DJ at Tokyo, in Huddersfield.

At Havana, he played on Mondays, Fridays and bank holidays in a wide range of styles.

Mr Tillotson said: “James was extremely versatile and hard-working.

“He was the perfect DJ.”

A Facebook page called ‘R.I.P DJ James Dyson’ was set up this week and already has more than 1,500 members.

Amy Raistrick wrote on the page: “So sad to hear this horrible news. James was a lovely guy.”

Mr Tillotson is now looking to organise a event at his bar as a tribute to Mr Dyson.

It is set to take place on Monday, October 24.