Check out this Kelly Clarkson Remix I did with my good friend DJ Reidiculous. Stay tuned for more collabos with Reidiculous.
The DJ community/family lost a brother last week and the world lost a talented young man. Adam Goldstein aka DJ AM wasn’t just a DJ. He was the DJ’s DJ. He inspired and changed the game for the entire community. He brought the DJ Culture to the mainstream masses. While he may not be the best technical turntablist DJ, he had his own unique style that many all over the world has tried to duplicate. He went from being a closet DJ to Rock star status in his short life. No other DJ in recent times has brought the art of DJing to make it mass appeal and give opportunities for other DJ’s to be Celebrities. He did it all. He owned clubs in Los Angeles, Vegas, Atlantic City, he started his own DJ Agency (Deckstar), he Remixed/Produced, he appeared in TV and Films, and even helped in the production of a video game (DJ Hero). He was truly the DJ Mogul of our time. In the end, it was all about the music for him.
DJ AM loved music – all kinds of music. He found a way to make corny records sound cool. AM could mix Chubby Checker with Public enemy beats and get away with it. He worked old school records with new records. He connected the House crowd to the Hip Hop heads. If there was a DJ that united everyone, DJ AM was one of them.
I personally didn’t know AM on that level that many others have but we shared a lot of mutual friends that were close to him. I saw his career start back when I used to work at Tommy Boy Records and had my intern service him with our records. He was always thankful for the records that were sent to him. I remember my intern would tell me stories about him as he developed a relationship that eventually become into a friendship over the years.
I remember meeting him in L.A 2004 at some spot with literally 10 people inside the club. This was pre-Serato and was spinning vinyl! It didn’t matter if there was 10 people or 1000 people, he always put on a show. The few times I had talked to him and been around him, the one thing that I can absolutely say is he loved music. All kinds of music. I’ll never forget the first real conversation I had with him. We talked about the early 90s Techno scene in L.A. He got real excited talking about records like T-99 “Anastasia”, Human Resource “Dominator”, and early Moby tracks. He loved ALL kinds of music.
Even though I wasn’t part of his close circle, I guess you can say I had a musical connection. I remember hearing him play one of my remix tracks a couple years back (Kelly Clarkson – Behind these Hazel Eyes) and was honored. That’s why I had so much respect for him as a DJ and as a person. What makes this very hard is to see all of my friends that were close to him in such shock and pain. I got to see Adam’s career from start to finish and I just can’t believe it’s over.
I had the pleasure of spinning with AM in New York while I was a resident DJ at Mirage in Long Island. At the time, we were the club that brought him first to Long Island. I got to introduce him and record his set. As a tribute to AM, I am making His mix available for you all to Download. This set was recorded at Club Mirage in Long Island, NY 2006 and was his first LI Appearance. You can DOWNLOAD the mix by CLICKING HERE