We are very sad to report that the founder of Textile Records, Benoit Sonnette, has lost his battle with cancer on Monday at the young age of 32. Textile Records has released music from some excellent artists including brainwashed acts Volcano The Bear and The One Ensemble of Daniel Padden, as well as Park Attack, released here in the USA by Badabing! Benoit leaves behind a wife and young son.

Fabien, his business partner has sent out this email on Tuesday:

I'm really sad to announce that Benoit died yesterday at the Pitié Salpétrière Hospital in Paris after a lengthy fight with cancer. He passed away very peacefully surrounded by friends and family. Benoit was 32 years old.

Benoit founded Textile Rds 5 years ago. His label and people he worked with were a really important thing in his life. When I saw him for the last time last week, we spoke about Textile, he was always thinking about new releases, new bands, and was always wondering how were the musicians, if I had news about them and if everything was ok for them.

Everything was possible with Benoit, working 8 hours a day in his daily job, booking some gigs in the evening, doing 400km to bring me some records!!

He was always smiling, joking, and was always cheering us up. All this hard work was about one goal, hang out with people he loved, and work with people who inspired him.

Benoit was not a business partner for me, he was my best friend. And I've probably didn't tell him enough how wonderfull he was and how much he was loved by us.

I loved him dearly and will miss terribly.Textile will never be the same without you Ben.

My heart breaks for Agnes and their little baby Nicolas


"A great man is gone. Benoit dear Benoit, you were the very best. You will be sorely missed and always remembered in my heart, mind and music. Thank you for the time we shared together, I will never forget it."  - Aaron Moore, Volcano the Bear