Jeremy Ward (musician)

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Jeremy Ward
Ward De Facto
Background information
Birth nameJeremy Michael Ward
Born(1976-05-05)May 5, 1976
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
DiedMay 25, 2003(2003-05-25) (aged 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresExperimental music, dub, noise, reggae, salsa, ambient
Occupation(s)Sound technician, vocal operator, musician
Instrument(s)Guitar, vocals, effects
Years active1994–2003

Jeremy Michael Ward (May 5, 1976 – May 25, 2003) was an American musician, best known as the sound technician and vocal operator for The Mars Volta and De Facto.


Jeremy Ward was born in Fort Worth, Texas and later moved to El Paso.[1] He was a cousin of Jim Ward and was loosely associated with Jim's band At the Drive-In since its formation in 1994.[2] After that band split for the first time in 2001, members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López invited Ward to contribute vocals and electronic effects to their interim project De Facto, and then their more permanent band The Mars Volta.[3] He contributed to that group's debut album De-Loused in the Comatorium,[4] and his experimental sound manipulations have been cited as integral to that album's sound.[3]

Less than a month before the album was released, Ward was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose on May 25, 2003.[3] Bixler-Zavala and Rodríguez-López have stated that Ward's death inspired them to kick their own addictions.[5] Ward had also worked as a repo man, and an anonymous diary that he had found while repossessing a car became the basis for the lyrics in the next Mars Volta album, Frances the Mute.[6] Some of Ward's experimental recordings were used posthumously on later albums by The Mars Volta and Omar Rodríguez-López, and Lopez created the full-length album Omar Rodriguez Lopez & Jeremy Michael Ward from such compositions in 2008.[7]


With At the Drive-In[edit]

With De Facto[edit]

With The Mars Volta[edit]

With Omar Rodríguez-López[edit]


With De Facto[edit]

  • Yamaha QY100
  • Electro-Harmonix Frequency Analyzer
  • Digitech Multi chorus
  • Guyatone MD-3 Digital delay
  • Ibanez DE-7 delay/Echo
  • Boss DD-6 delay
  • Boss HR-2 Harmonist
  • Maxon Rotary phaser
  • Korg KP2 Kaoss pad
  • Voodoo Lab Pedal Power


  1. ^ "THE MARS VOLTA PAY TRIBUTE TO DEAD FRIEND". NME. June 25, 2003. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  2. ^ Dansby, Andrew (May 28, 2003). "Mars Volta's Ward Dies". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Mars Volta Keyboardist Found Dead". Billboard. May 28, 2003. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "The Mars Volta: De-Loused in the Comatorium". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "The Mars Volta: Spaced Out". Archived from the original on February 20, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2007.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  7. ^ Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Jeremy Michael Ward – Omar Rodríguez-López, Jeremy Michael Ward | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved November 24, 2021