British rap metal band Hacktivist have very sad news for their fans today. Making an official announcement on their Facebook page, they bid farewell to their founding member and vocalist, Ben Marvin. Read below what they had to say, along with Ben’s statement that was included in the post –
We are sad to announce the departure of founding member and vocalist Ben Marvin. Due to family commitments and a desire to spend more time at home, Ben has made the tough decision to part ways with the band at the end of the month following the hometown headline show at Milton Keynes’ Craufurd Arms (29th January) to mark Independent Venue Week.
Limited tickets are still available on our website, let’s make it a rowdy send off!!!
Ben says: “My time in Hacktivist has been sick! Big up all the fans across the world and the rest of the band for making this possible. One love.”
We want to wish Ben all the best for his future endeavours. Hacktivist won’t be the same without him and we will all miss him. But this is also a new beginning for H, and we’re looking forward to the next chapter. What comes next for Hacktivist is unwritten, and a replacement for Ben will be sought out and subsequently announced in due course.
All future touring commitments will be honoured, including shows at UK Tech-Fest, Download Spain and Graspop.
Hacktivist were formed in 2011 when the boys got together and played, and then their rapper friend started recording his vocals over their records. The tracks became popular online, and Hacktivist, or H as fans call it, was officially spawned. Remaining members of the band include: Jermaine ‘J’ Hurley – rapper, Tim ‘Timfy James’ Beazley – guitars, programming, Josh Gurner – bass and Richard Hawking – drums. This is the first time that a member has parted with the band since 2011. We are looking forward to more music that the British blokes are going to put out, hopefully soon. Wonder who Ben’s replacement is though.