Founding member of the experimental rock band Akron/Family, Miles Cooper Seaton has died at the age of 41. Dead Oceans confirmed the news.
His cause of death is currently unknown. Dead Oceans shared the news via Twitter and wrote that ‘Music and memories are so intertwined for me. Being part of Dead Oceans means so many great artists have enriched me, not just through their music, but through getting to know them as people. As family. Today we found out that we lost Miles Seaton, one-third of Akron/Family.’
Akron/Family’s Miles Seaton Died At 41
M. Geddes Gengras shared a tribute that included a story about the period when he was a touring member of Akron/Family. He wrote, ‘At Miles’ request I was opening all the shows playing my alien insect synth music which, as you can imagine, didn’t go over super well in the mid-sized indie rock clubs of 2012 America, but Miles sat at the side of the stage and watched every set from beginning to end.
He added, “When he noticed that maybe the audience wasn’t paying that much attention he made a point of getting on stage before me every night, introducing me to the audience & explaining how much my music meant to him & that even though it might be different they should really give it a chance and listen closely. I can’t even begin to say how much that meant to me, how good it made me feel.”
In the early 2000s, he met Seth Olinsky, Ryan Vanderhoof, and Dana Janssen in New York City; they’d all moved there within months of each other and ended up living together in the same apartment. Seaton moved to the city from Seattle hoping to do something as a musician.