TONY D - REST IN PEACE
Words cannot be expressed right now as to how physically, mentally and emotionally broken I feel to have lost my younger cousin, my soul brother in life, Tony D.
Tony was instrumental in every project of 5051 as a producer, thinker, creative catalyst and represented the 5051 ethos with every fabric of his being. As CEO of 5051, I’m recognised to many as being associated with 5051, and 5051 is my life. Tony was 5051 and if Tony was 5051, Tony was my life. He is a recurrent thread woven into the tapestry of my life, expression and pursuit of being the best I possibly can be.
There is a lot of talk about Soul mates and what they are and who they can be. To me, a soul mate isn’t someone who completes you but instead they are someone who inspires you to complete yourself. Someone who loves you with so much conviction, and so much heart, that it is nearly impossible to doubt just how capable you are of becoming exactly who you have always wanted to be.
I remember as kids, the things we did and as we got older touring the biggest shows, with the biggest artists, meeting people from all walks of life and putting on the best shows we could. Sharing the love of music and exploring culture with people, the creative expression, loving the people and communities we were welcomed into and and staying true to ourselves and each other and welcoming people into the camp we created. The many feats and accomplishments I was able to conquer were thanks to you being in my corner, having my back, pushing me and supporting me, day in, day out. I know who I am today is in part to you showing me how I could be.
The people who’s lives you touched deeply will hold you tightly in their memories.
I still can’t believe I won’t get to speak to you again. I can’t wrap my head around it. I struggle to think how I can honour you, it’s still too raw and everything is already so different.
Rest in peace my boy. I love you man.