Tributes paid to influential Norwich DJ

A Norwich independent music store will close today as a mark of respect for one of Norwich and Norfolk's most influential DJs, who has died aged 48 after a long fight against cancer.

Alex Skoczlas, best known by the name DJ Lix, was the first Norfolk man to introduce the concept of the sound system to the alternative music scene.

Widely regarded as one of the most respected and pioneering DJ's in the city he was known for his unique style and turntable expertise.

Close friend, Paul Mills, owner of Sound Clash in St Benedict's Street, Norwich, said Mr Skoczlas, who lived in Heathgate, Norwich, would spend hours in his shop listening to music.

He said: 'Danger Zone was the original sound system in Norwich which was unique. Sound Clash will be closed on Monday, June 20 as a measure of respect.'

Former partner Sally Fox, who is a stalwart with Future Projects, which works with hard-to-reach groups in the NELM area of Norwich, said: 'Alex not only set but raised the bar musically and was widely regarded as Norfolk's homegrown Lee Perry.'

Finbarr Carter, of the Rebel Lion Sound System, said that when he arrived in Norwich in 1993 from London as a reggae lover, he initially thought there was nowhere to go to listen to reggae.

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But he added: 'I found Lix at the Regency who happened to be one of the greatest DJs I have heard. He was not only an inspiration but also became a great friend.'

Mr Skoczlas, who died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on June 3, leaves two children James, 21, and Phoebe, 14.

The burial service will be today at noon at Earlham Crematorium. The family welcome attendance by friends and have asked for donations to support James and Phoebe.

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