Silent Servant, the acclaimed techno artist and DJ, whose real name was John Juan Mendez, tragically passed away at the age of 47.

Cause of Death

The specific cause of his death remains unconfirmed, shrouded in mystery weeks after the announcement of his passing. There are no official statements from his family or inner circle about the circumstances leading to his death, leading to widespread speculation among fans and the electronic music community. Mendez died alongside his partner Simone Ling and collaborator Luis Vasquez of The Soft Moon, hinting at a possible tragic accident or act of violence​​​​.

Age and Personal Life

Mendez, originally from Central America, moved to Los Angeles during his childhood. His formative years in L.A.’s vibrant subcultures heavily influenced his musical direction. Bands like The Cure, Sonic Youth, and New Order were early inspirations for Mendez, who began DJing at the young age of 16. Details about his family and early life are scarce, but his impact on the underground techno scene speaks volumes about his life’s work and passion​​​​.


Mendez’s career in music began in the mid-’90s, initially producing under the alias Jasper and managing a techno label called Cytrax. His connection with Birmingham techno artist Regis in the early 2000s was pivotal, leading to his involvement with the Sandwell District collective. As Silent Servant, Mendez became known for his experimental techno style, releasing influential tracks like “The Silent Morning.” Despite Sandwell District disbanding in 2011, Mendez’s career flourished. He co-founded the label Jealous God and continued to release music on various labels. His work brought him to iconic techno clubs like Berghain and Tresor, and he remained a respected figure in the techno world until his untimely death​​​​.


Silent Servant’s legacy in the techno music scene is undeniable. His innovative approach to techno, blending industrial elements with hypnotic rhythms, has influenced a generation of artists and fans. Despite his untimely passing, his music and influence will continue to resonate in the techno community for years to come.