Posted in music on March 28, 2014

Christo Buffam (via Facebook)

NYC musician Christo Buffam, who played in Brooklyn shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo, The Vandelles and other bands, has sadly passed away. As Vanyaland reports, no cause of death has been reported yet.

Dead Leaf Echo posted an RIP to their Facebook, and The Vandelles also posted a long tribute:

It is with incredible grief and heartbreak that we write our dear friend and creative collaborator Christo Buffam has passed on from our tangible world. The day we met in Boston we knew he was an incredible person - after all he took us to IHop for breakfast where his dry wit and grey bandana won our hearts - he was effortlessly cool. In less than a year he would come to take on a huge role in both our lives as an immensely thoughtful friend and the course of The Vandelles as a designer, screen printer, and songwriter. I remember spending countless hours at our space in Danbro working on his song Nocturnal until one day he played me Miles Away and I was blown away by his ability to capture what he was feeling in his lyrics. Christo was a bright star of creative conviction who was always the one putting in tons of hours making posters, going to every show under the sun, or introducing new friends to old ones and visa versa. When he truly believed in something or someone he was behind them one hundred percent, and he would go to great lengths sometimes at his own expense to help in any way he could. Christo, we will miss your smile, we will miss your wit, we will miss your scowl, and above all we will miss you. Forever in our thoughts and hearts.

Anyone looking for info on what we know so far or upcoming plans for the wake/funeral should get in touch with Jasno Swarez here on facebook. In the coming weeks a get together will be planed for us all to get together and celebrate Christo's artwork, music, and life. We will post all info when we have it. Thank you everyone for your condolences, and please extend your sympathy to Christo's family and friends.

Fellow NYC musician Twin Shadow also instagrammed a tribute:
Very sad to hear about the talented and brilliant Christo Buffam. He was a friend. I hadn't see him in a while and was out drinking with friends a month ago and looked up behind the bar. There he was, and my face lit up to see him. He poured shots for us all. I'm glad I had a toast with him before he died. Rest In Peace, I wish we had time to get closer.
Both The Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo were set to open for Bauhaus' David J at Pianos in April. No word if those bands will still play as planned.

Rest in peace Christo, you'll be missed.

Watch some Vandelles and Dead Leaf Echo videos below...




Comments (25)


Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 11:42 AM

he was a really great dude. he went out of his way to support countless local bands all the time. he was also hilarious-- i'll never forget some of the mischief we got into together. christo, you will be truly missed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 12:25 PM

RIP Christo.

Posted by Jenna | March 28, 2014 1:27 PM

Guy was a sweetie. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 1:38 PM

So sad. What a great guy. Hope he's in peace.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 1:44 PM

RIP man, you will be missed by many

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 2:24 PM

will miss him always x

Posted by bree | March 28, 2014 2:38 PM

Deeply saddened by this loss. Couldn't have said it better than the DLE post. He was an awesome dude. Rest easy, Christo.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 2:49 PM

Christo was awesome. He would always find the time to come out to see my band's shows, even if it was a bad tuesday slot, and was always fun and interesting to talk to--he really knew his stuff.. I saw him a few weeks ago at the Ringo Deathstarr show at Mercury--crazy that he's gone now. He was definitely a true and pure psychedelic warrior and we will all miss him a ton.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 2:57 PM

No! Christo was such a nice guy. What happened?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 3:13 PM

One of those people who always went out of their way to bring joy to others. When Radioheads' In Rainbows album came out, Christo hunted down two album release posters, and knowing how much I was into them, we'd talk about them quite a bit, he drove out of his way to swing by my place and drop one off for me. I remember being in awe, even over such a simple gesture. When I voiced how awesome it was and how thankful I was for his consideration, he was puzzled by why it meant so much to me, he never saw it as a big deal or anything special. But to me, and all the people who were lucky enough to meet him, it was always abundantly clear how he was truly special, gifted, brilliant, and considerate, and never expecting anything in return, more than some laughs and a good time or good conversation.

That poster is still on my wall, and it always will be.

If there is such a thing as an overwhelming amount of love, I can guarantee he is being bombarded with it right this very second, from all the lives his mere presence has changed for the better.

We all miss you and thank you for being you.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 4:27 PM

How did he die? This is so sad.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 6:01 PM

one of the best dudes. funny, sweet, generous, and artistically gifted. huge loss! RIP Christo

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 7:29 PM

Drugs are bad, mmm'kay?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 8:15 PM

Drugs, Suicide, Murder? What was it?!

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2014 10:11 PM

Drug overdose? Can anyone say what happened?

Posted by Droid | March 28, 2014 11:41 PM

How did he die?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2014 1:03 AM

It was a drug overdose—confirmed by a friend of his. RIP Christo. <3

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2014 1:29 AM

Big, big bummer. Such a scary thing..

Condolences to his friends and family. Sounds like he was a wonderful human being.

Posted by Droid | March 29, 2014 2:45 AM

Please take this down. Some of these comments are tasteless and downright rude.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2014 10:40 AM

There isn't a single rude comment in here. When someone as loved as Christo passes at such a young age, people are going to want to know what happened. It's life. Deal with it.

Posted by Anon | March 29, 2014 11:22 AM

I met Christo and hung out with him a couple times over the years through a mutual friend. He always seemed like such a sweet and thoughful guy. I'm so sorry to hear about his passing at such a young age. RIP.

Posted by steve | March 29, 2014 5:11 PM

He had one of the dopest guitar rigs I'd ever heard/seen.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2014 10:46 PM

so devastated to hear this...such a genuine and kind person. he will be missed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 11:53 AM

Will truly miss him. We had so many adventures together. I'll not forget a single one. RIP good fellow.

Posted by Dave Cromwell | March 31, 2014 12:04 PM

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