Wednesday, September 23, 2009

White Light Mix #12

Neoteric invited me to do a mix for the White Light Mix Series. 95 Minutes of joy right here.
You should check out the rest of the mixes too, if you haven't already. Very smooth tunes from some quality dj's over there.

Link: (thee) Mike B - White Light 12

Miami Horror – Summerfest ‘86
Bot’Ox – Rue De L’Arsenal (Yuksek Rmx)
Rove Dogs – Innocence lost
(thee) Mike B – The Do Over Slide
Neighborhood Romeo – No, You Call Him
DJ Kaos – Love The Nite Away (Tiedye Mix)
Departure Lounge feat Sor - Dep Lounge 2
Das Glow – I Wanna Wake Up With You
The KDMS – Never Stop Believing (Nicky Siano Rmx)
Blackjoy – Apollo Funk
The Bucketheads – I Wanna Know
DJ Sneak – The Mad Dubs
Siriusmo – Nights Off
Bim Marx – Ride The Rhythm
Kerri Chandler – The Invaders (The Panic)
In Flagranti – Business Acumen (Arveene & Misk Rmx)
Rodion – Athena Acid
Eli Escobar – Love Thing
WM – NMRising (YACHT Rmx)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Iheartcomix Mix + Interview

Check it out here.

Tracklist for the mix:
Guns N Bombs - Samba Death Squad (feat. Ricardo Ribeiro)
Noob & Brodinski - Peanuts Club
Basement Jaxx - Raindrops (Under New Management Remix)
Kid Cudi f. Kanye West & Common - Make Her Say (Afrojack Remix)
Faithless - Miss You Less See You More (Switch Remix)
Jakwob - Wild Pitch
Harvard Bass - Caked
The Juan MacLean - Happy House (Paul Woolford Apocalypse Version)
Riton - Who's There
Zombie Nation - Worth It (Arveene & Misk Remix)
Digital Manges - Manges (Sharkslayer Club)
Jack Beats - UFO - K-Hole Riddim Mix

The DJ AM Memorial Film

This is the video we put together for AM's memorial service which was held at The Paladium in Hollywood on Thurs September 3rd. RIP to a great friend and the greatest DJ. Many thanks to Dan Terndrup who edited the piece and did an amazing job.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Great Collection Of Thoughts on AM

My friend Puja Patel put together an amazing collection of DJ's thoughts on Adam's passing for her column at NY's Village Voice.

Please check it out.

Thanks Puja and thanks to all the friends and peers who spoke so eloquently on the subject.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

DJ AM - Live At Moomba June 2002

So I basically tore my whole world apart looking for these for the past 48 hours. I finally found em at about 5am last night in the middle of a random spindle full of CD's.
I remember Adam burning copies for Shecky Green and I on a visit to LA. I can still hear him saying his classic quote "Aw man this set was wack... Why would you guys want this?"
Oddly enough it was one of the first times he had recorded himself live in a club.

The mixes are from June 2002 and it's him doing that thing he used to, all on Vinyl. The dope thing is that its the first 2 hrs of the night... So he gets pretty open with groovy shit for the first hour and it's perfect.
This mix was hugely inspirational for me and basically changed my whole approach to commercial club gigs. Just listening to it made me a better DJ. Hope it works for y'all too.
I really enjoyed rediscovering this.

DL: DJ AM - Live At Moomba June 2002 pt 1

DL: DJ AM - Live At Moomba June 2002 pt 2

Words for Adam Michael Goldstein aka DJ AM

First off I want to express the love I feel for Adam’s Mother, Sister and entire family. He was one of the best human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and my heart is with you all.

The last time I saw AM was 2 weeks ago at Banana Split. Everything was as it should’ve been and he played an amazing set to a packed room of sweaty screaming party people.
It was a party for The Dharma Initiative, a fake group of Doctors and Scientists from ABC’s Lost, which was his favorite TV show.
Over the last couple of seasons we had begun watching nearly every episode at his in home theater along with Matt Colon, Glenjamn, Kevin and Joy Scott , Niko Achtipes and some others. (The fact that he will be not be around to see the 6th and final season is haunting me.)
We’d spoken pretty much everyday since then up until his final day. Glen and I were in NY and had planned to stay at his place. Obviously, this is not what happened.

The first time I met AM was at the Tribeca offices of Game Recordings where I used to work. It was the fall of 1999. My friend Shecky Green, Game’s CEO, asked if I’d ever heard of this DJ AMG from LA. I hadn’t. Moments later, there he was, a 300 lb Jew in a 3XL black Dickies short sleeve button down. He had quite a head of hair on him and it was died purple. He was in NY on a lay over to go to Europe on tour with Crazy Town, who I had also not heard of yet. It turned out we had dozens of mutual friends in LA, including my brother Nick. He then proceeded to just start absolutely murderizing the office turntables. Shecky and I sat back and watched him and our boy DJ Kid Swift battle for about 90 minutes and it was mind blowing. Who knew this fat purple haired jew held so much talent.

Over the next year, we kept in touch and would hang out when I was in LA and when he would come to NY. Talking records, shoes, movies, etc. He was one of the easiest guys to talk to I’d ever met, unbelievably funny and endlessly quotable.

In 2003 when I decided to move back to LA he looked out for me relentlessly. Scored me a weekly almost instantly and would have me fill in for him regularly. Above and beyond anything he had to do.
On the occasions we would play together, I was always impressed by how each time he would out do the last. Improving by the minute. Always with new ideas and new tracks. He would go record shopping every other day and spend his nights on Gemm. And it seemed people were really starting to take notice.

Over the next few years I watched him quite literally transform into the DJ that the world knew. I saw him go from angry music nerd shut-in, to world class dj, to straight up rock star.
Nobody was doing what he was doing. He set the bar impossibly high.
By the time kids figured out how to copy him, he was already coming up with even crazier mixes. And through it all he remained the homie.

Years later in 2006 when he and I were working together on a TV concept, he told me that he had been talking to our friend Steve Aoki about starting a weekly Sunday night party at LAX where they were gonna play whatever they wanted but going heavy on new dance music and indie. It would be “house party style” with a keg on the dance floor and free for all.
I was phasing myself out of djing and had recently quit all my bottle service gigs to start focusing on the Film and TV production company. I offered to come by on Sundays and help fill the gaps when he and Steve didn’t wanna play or were out of town. Seemed fun enough, right? He thought it was good idea and we proceeded.
This single handedly changed my life almost instantly. Anyone who attended that party in the early days will tell you that the energy and vibe were unlike anything else and the love that came pouring in from the kids who attended was overwhelming. It made me into a DJ again. But it wasn’t just me. Ask Steve Aoki, Redfoo, DJ Fashen (to name a few) and I’m sure they’ll agree that this party was a game changer for them. It was all AM just giving back.
That was what he did. Over the last 3 years I’ve watched him play some of the best DJ sets I’ve ever seen and I thanked him profusely for those 3 years for allowing me to be a part of it.

Just in the last year I’ve seen him live through a plane crash, play at Coachella and perform with Eminem and Jay-Z, as well as do a tour with his idol, Jazzy Jeff. Certainly not the itinerary of your average DJ.

I could tell many, many stories about this man and how great he was. But there are too many. I can still hear him say “Damn Mike, you’re memory is crazy. How do you remember all this shit?” It always bugged him out and we would laugh about how different our brains were.

It will be very difficult to get used to life without him. There were so many things we would discuss weekly, even daily and so many jokes and sayings that only he would understand.

In an earlier conversation I had with Shecky, we spoke about how we expected him to continue to take it higher and higher. I always though he’d be the Mick Jagger of DJ’s. You know, like 65 and still killing it. Rocking a fresh pair of Nike’s and a vintage Rap tee. Still coming up with next level fresh fly routines. I was sure of this. I have a hard time accepting that I won’t see it.

This was not how it was supposed to happen. But it happened, and I’m sadder than I’ve ever been about anything.

So to my main man AM:
No Promo
True Nuff
Sho Dat

It’s a Bohemian Wrap-sody.

Ahh Yeah


All my love,

Here is AM's very own vinyl rip of his favorite old school techno jam:

DL: Coco Steel & Lovebomb - Feel It [Instant Records - 1991]

Play it out and let it ride even if they're not into it... Thats what he always did!

Stay tuned for many more AM posts.
Never heard before live mixes coming soon.