A few words on the passing of my friend Stefan Kozak

It is with great sadness that I have learned that Stefan Kozak has recently passed away.

I began listening to Stefan’s brilliant work with his projects Mystic Forest and Eikenskaden when I was only 12 years old. His music has been a gigantic influence for me for half of my life now and will continue to be for the rest of my life. His music was uniStefanque, intense, and beautiful.

I messaged Stefan for the first time around 2010. After hearing my album “Mirror Image” he actually beat me to the punch in asking if we could collaborate together. That was one of the best moments of my life. It was a huge confidence boost to know this man who I’d been inspired by for so many years would think highly enough of my work to want to collaborate with me. Together we had a great time working on songs which I will list below. He was always very helpful in giving feedback, motivation, and advice.  One of his last messages to me finishes with “see you soon, my musical brother.” That fills me with a mix of immense pride and sadness.

stefan3Stefan recently sent me some recordings which I will work on and hopefully post in the future. As far as I am aware, these are his last recordings before his passing.

There are simply no words to express the immense sadness of having to say goodbye to a great guy and great musician. Thank you for everything Stefan. To have worked with you is truly a dream come true. I hope to make more music that would make you proud. You will be greatly missed.

My thoughts are with the friends and family of Stefan.

Our work together:
Empty Lungs (Writen together, guitars/bass/drums by Stefan): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K0xukhCK6U
Empty Lungs music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbz59BVAwWU
Empty Lungs demos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TOi9K_6ASQ
Connor O.R.T. vs Stefan Kozak – Hadean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ3Z1FaH1K4
Gauntlet (guitar solo by Stefan Kozak) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ0-1ENImuo
Synchrotron (vocal samples by Stefan Kozak) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oume-35o0ok
Mystic Forest vs. O.R.T. – My blood mingled with the earth’s crust (Remix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=621K3xLRD5k