Napolian, the Los Angeles–primarily based digital musician and producer born Ian Evans, has died. Joel Ford, who labored with Napolian, confirmed the information in an e mail to Pitchfork and in addition shared a tribute on Twitter. Daniel Lopatin, who launched Napolian’s music on his Software program label, posted his personal tributes on social media. Napolian was 29 years outdated.
Ian Evans grew up impressed by West Coast hip-hop and digital music, citing Mr. Oizo, Alchemist, and Oneohtrix Level By no means as influences. He picked the identify Napolian in highschool after watching a documentary on the French chief, saying in a 2014 interview he thought he “might succeed the place Bonaparte failed.”
In 2013, Napolian had manufacturing credit on A$AP Ferg’s Trap Lord and Kelela’s Cut 4 Me. Following his 2011 cut up launch with Laptop Desires and his 2012 EP Rejoice, his debut full-length Incursio was launched on Software program in 2014. The subsequent yr, he launched a collaborative album with Airbird (aka Joel Ford) known as Mr. Silly. In 2019, Napolian featured on Yves Tumor’s tune “Applaud.”
“I’m devastated by Napolian’s passing yesterday, his life getting reduce quick got here as a shock to these of us whose lives he touched,” Daniel Lopatin wrote. “I don’t know the right way to qualify what a expertise and candy individual Ian was. He cherished digital music deeply, and we all the time talked about the way it was a religious factor. He felt all the small print. We spent years simply sending photos and sounds backwards and forwards and didn’t have to clarify why, the whole lot made sense, this was one of many final pics he despatched me. I’m so completely happy to have been part of your life—too quick, you had a lot extra to provide. Rejoice and Incursio are etched into our recollections eternally and we’ll all the time cherish you. Relaxation in Peace, Ian, I like you.”