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04 February 2013

In Memory of Danny Lackey, Co-Founder of WTSH.

On January 28th, 2013 at 3:00am, the world lost an incredible person. Danny Lackey, co-creator of When The Sun Hits blog, the musician behind Deepfieldview, and the kindest person I've ever met, succumbed to cancer after a lengthy battle with it. With his beloved wife at his side, he drifted peacefully away from this place, headphones on, listening to his favorite records.

Danny was an amazing person; everyone who met him loved him immediately. He had the ability to touch the hearts of people all over the world, simply by being himself. He loved deeply both beauty and music; his passion was experiencing both of those simultaneously, whether he was making the music or listening to it. Danny was always on a conscious search to find the beauty in all things, but most of all, in music.

Danny was the heart of When The Sun Hits. After being close friends for quite awhile and having innumerable conversations about the music we loved, especially shoegaze music, we thought it might be cool to start a blog about it. If nothing else, we figured it would be a great forum for us to geek out about the subject, since that's essentially what we were doing constantly, anyway. When The Sun Hits is truly the result of two passionate nerds. We never thought it would turn into anything much; that was the Summer of 2010. 2.5 years later and WTSH has become internationally known, we've interviewed some of our idols, helped many new bands get the exposure and recognition they deserve, released 3 compilations (for free), done radio, written articles and essentially worn our love for shoegaze and dream pop proudly on our sleeves (even when, especially when, it wasn't cool) - and we've had fun doing it, too. Danny will be missed so much, by so many people. When The Sun Hits wouldn't exist without Danny, and even though he's no longer here with us, he'll always be the heart of this project.


  1. Beautiful, as always. How he loved you all...
    Ellen Ripley

  2. Amber, thank you so much for this, I really was hoping for some writing of this kind to help me get a deeper feeling for who Danny was (is). You may have already posted about this but I just noticed the Fund for Danny Lackey project over on Bandcamp.


  3. I'm so sorry to hear that. It's really tragic. How old was he? Let's hope that this blog goes on and on and on. We appreciate all you guys do. Deepfieldview are great also. What a tragic loss. Respect to Danny and his wife and friends.

  4. Dan - I havent posted about that yet, so thank you. It's all over Facebook; I need to trickle the info over here though. I'm a bit behind!

    Anthony - Danny was only 39. Very tragic indeed. The blog will go on as long as I can manage - at this point I am shamelessly asking for help and extra staff writers. Any one interested in that can email me at

    Everyone else - <3 <3 <3

  5. Dude...

    No words man. Never met him in person, but I remember talking to him in strangeways chat before. Very nice fellow. R.I.P.

    So sorry to hear this.

  6. indeed he is & shall remain ...forever in our hearts.

    <3 \m/