It was at one of these celebrity events that I had first seen AM live. He was DJing for a Kanye West studio party to which I had been invited. As a DJ and hearing all the hype that surrounded him, I approached him with skepticism. But, he quickly blew that skepticism right out of the water. In what seemed like two minutes, he had gone from old skool rap to rock to metal to classic rock to Top 40 pop hop to pop to R&B to....you get the picture. At the end of it, I remember feeling two things distinctly- mental exhaustion from trying to keep up and process everything I'd heard and an intense desire to practice my own DJing skills, or lack thereof in comparison.
This feeling would continue to follow after every live performance that I was blessed to have seen from him. It is such a tragedy that someone who had allegedly beat drug addiction as well as a plane crash with Travis Barker which killed four other people but, burned both him and Barker, could die in this manner. After receiving skin grafting surgery, he returned to performing with Jay-Z on stage. At the time, he told People magazine he was grateful to survive:
"I can't believe I made it," he said. "I've prayed every night for the past 10 years. There's a lot more to thank God for now. ... I was saved for a reason. Maybe I'm going to help someone else. I don't question it. All I know is I'm thankful to be here."
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From his website:
DJ AM is the Entertainment Industry’s premier DJ, his name is synonymous with what’s happening in both music and pop culture in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas & Miami. Today’s most in demand DJ as well as a fixture in the night life scene, DJ AM currently has residencies at PURE in Las Vegas on Friday nights and at LAX on Sunday nights (a club he co-owns). His schedule has him traveling the world over to play special engagements in clubs, private parties and corporate events. It’s a guarantee that no matter what club he is in A- listers and hipsters alike are dancing on the banquets to his beats.
Before he became a full-time DJ, AM was already a fixture in the music world. He was a member of the rock group Crazytown who’s song “Butterfly” off the Platinum album: “The Gift of the Game” went straight to number 1 on the top 40 charts in April of 2001. He is in demand by everyone in the music business from A to Z and his work has appeared on albums for Madonna, Will Smith, Babyface, Powerman 5000, Bubba Sparxx, Nikki Costa and Papa Roach to name a few. He currently has a record deal with Interscope.
Most recently, DJ AM has partnered with Travis Barker (Blink 182) to perform a live DJing/drumming set, something that has never been done before. TRVSDJAM perform about once a month at sponsored events, clubs and concerts. There act is truly incredible, mixing live drum beats to scratched records, they ...