DJ Tim Dolla, attributed to be one of the early founders of Jersey club, passed away on July 14.
A pioneer of Jersey club, the musician launched one of the genre’s first Newark collective Brick Bandits, with Mike V in the early ’00s.
Tim Dolla started MC-ing during his DJ sets and MCs were central to the club scene. DJs would often instruct the crowd to do certain dance moves during sets, as per Resident Advisor. Then, as a producer, he made an enormous impact with his track ‘Swing Dat Shyt’. It focused on one of the genre’s popular dance moves at the time, and similar tracks from other producers jumped onto the bandwagon.
Dolla’s ‘Swing Dat Shyt’ also influenced the trend of Jersey club producers, including dance moves in the songs. The success of these dance move-focused tracks helped popularise the Jersey club style. According to CRACK, it “fully embedded the genre in the dance culture it became synonymous with.”
“IM SAD YALL I CANT BELIEVE TIM DOLLA HAS PASSED AWAY HE SAVED LIVES WITH JERSEY CLUB.. HE DEFINITELY CHANGED MINES,” Newark-based Jersey club producer UNIIQU3 wrote on Twitter.
Fellow Jersey club producer Nadus, also based out of Newark shared via his Instagram: “I lived on your shoulder… Timothy “DJ Tim Dolla” Foster. Big brother. My mentor. Sensei. My OG. Thank you for saving my life. Thank you for the time, the life lessons and laughs. I love you. May you find peace in Jannah. Tim Dolla Forever. Brick Bandits Forever.”
In the wake of Tim Dolla’s passing last week, fans, friends, artists, and figures from the Jersey club scene have been pouring in their tributes to the late DJ and producer. Read some of them below: