UK House Music Pioneer Pete ‘Woosh’ Birch Has Died

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The global house music community is mourning the passing of DJ/producer/promoter Peter ‘Woosh’ Birch, who died on October 2.

Birch, who was one-half of Digs & Woosh, was a founding member of DiY Soundsystem. The grassroots collective were instrumental in creating a thriving underground party scene in Nottingham, England in the late ’80s and ’90s.

Birch was diagnosed with a highly aggressive head and neck cancer on December 15, 2015. He declined chemotherapy and radiotherapy to embark on a path of self-learning and healing, using cannabis oils and other treatments.

Birch explained at the time, “After a lifetime of djing, drug-taking and bad lifestyle choices the news hardly came as a surprise.”

He added, “I decided to look into natural cancer treatments and plant medicines due to a personal belief that cancer can be managed naturally and holistically in ways which will have less impact on the individual.”

In 2019, a collective of DJs including The 2 Bears’ Raf Rundell, Crazy P’s Hot Toddy and French producer Brawther joined Birch’s free-party collective The 52 Card Trick, a weekly-drop of music by the Spirit Wrestlers label over 52 weeks to raise funds and awareness for natural healing and holistic approaches to living with cancer, recovery and prevention.

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Darren Ressler

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