Tune in to SiriusXM'a BPM (Sirus Channel 36. XM Channel 81) this weekend for a powerful array of mixes from the late great legend DJ AM as well as contributions from his friends and contemporaries alike. This is something you don't want to skip, so listen in and enjoy music celebrating the life and memory of our dearly missed friend.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
In support of DJ AM's Memorial Fund, his close friends and family have organized a sale of some of his personal vinyl collection. AM's charity is designed to continue his life work and passion of helping people find sobriety and get them into recovery programs. It's a great cause in honor of our greatly missed friend. See below.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Come celebrate the life and music of our friend Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein tonight in New York City at Santos with music supplied by some of AM's favorite DJ's, including DJ Premier, Stretch Armstrong and Mark Ronson. It's going to be a great time to remember, rejoice and reminisce. Proceeds will benefit the DJ AM Memorial Fund.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
As I compose this post, I'll admit that I'm still probably in a bit of shock and/or denial about what happened. Maybe it's because of just that- I don't really know what happened. I can't really comprehend it. It doesn't compute. It doesn't make sense. It just doesn't seem possible.
I first met Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein through mutual friends some time in the early 2000's. I'd heard tales of how incredible he was on the turntables from Shecky. Alchemist and Neil told me about their boy, "AMG" (as he was known then) and what a great talent he was. First time I heard him actually play I think was when we (via Chris Clancy) hired him to spin at the LA record release event for The Eminem Show. Coincidentally, this was also the first night that Marshall and I met 50 Cent. I loved AM's set, and told him how glad I was that he was killing it. I'd see Adam out and about here and there, and would come to his various gigs in Vegas when I could. We developed a friendship, and eventually I became his co-manager with L.V. some time in 2006.
There's a few artists that I've worked with over the years that I really believe posses an element of magic. I can't really explain it precisely, but the best way I can put it is that there are times, even to this day, where I hear Eminem rap and I say to myself "how the FUCK did he do that?"- even after all these years. Travis Barker does the same thing on drums- I still stand there in awe when he plays his solos, even when I'm behind the curtain helping set it up. AM had the same ability. It was truly a magical event when he was going-off in the club, everyone that has witnessed it knows what I mean. He was blessed with a gift to take records, mix and scratch them together, and ultimately make something out of them like nobody else can. And there was no explanation for how he did it time after time... it was truly extraordinary. High art. Genius. Science. MAGIC. I often joke with my partner L.V. that we manage the best rapper (Eminem), the best drummer (Travis Barker) and the best club D.J. (A.M.)... how do we top ourselves?
I never knew Adam when he was using. I met him, in his "heavier" days still, when he had about 5 years of sobriety under his belt. I heard horror stories from various friends about A.M. when he was a crackhead, never leaving his room except for when he had to go do his $200 deejay gigs. But the guy I knew was very different. A.M. was vigilante in his sobriety. He would talk about how important it was to him constantly. He's attend meetings in whatever city he was in while travelling to maintain himself. Also, literally almost everyone I know in Los Angeles knows someone or had heard about someone or was someone that A.M. helped get sober (or at least he tried to). He would accept the challenge whenever it was requested of him: "no problem, just have them call me". People he didn't know, or people he had never heard of. He just wanted to help them, because he was so grateful for his sobriety that he constantly wanted to spread the gift. Adam never asked for anything in return, he simply wanted to help. It was his kind way.
AM had a encyclopedic knowledge of music. He cherished it and worshipped his favorite artists and their records. He was particularly fond of late '80s and early-to-mid '90's hip-hop. He loved '80s pop. He really liked big '90s rock hits. He was super-into Daft Punk and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. His tastes were hyper-eclectic. And this is what you heard every time he spun, a mix of the brightest and best of his and everyone elses favorites put together in a way that almost seemed like a celebration of the best records blended into one long song. And he did it all with a smile, humility and energy that can't be matched.
Last year after AM and Travis were in that horrible accident, AM always was mindful of staying sober and not slipping up. We even partnered with MTV to produce a television series with AM where he would do just that- help people get sober. He was open and honest about his addiction, and whenever he would struggle with it he would talk to his friends and family constantly about it. I remember him recently telling us that his hands were shaking in fear and nervousness after he entered a corner store in Hartford, CT to purchase drug paraphernalia as part of the show in order to demonstrate how prevalent the problem was. But he broke the glass stem and moved on, never giving in to his fight for sobriety.
Being sober was who Adam was. He spent the better part nightly of the past 10+ years working in clubs, temptation in his face each night, never to stray nor swerve off of his clean path. I'd heard him talk about drugs, about how much he liked them, how much he hated them and about how much he feared them. I'm not exaggerating when I say that out of everyone I know, he is one of the last people I would have ever expected to pass away the way he did. To say he will be missed is an understatement I can't even begin to describe. Maybe one day this will make some sort of sense. Until then, I'll cherish my memories of AM the DJ and Adam my friend. With love, forever.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Here is the first few minutes of Travis Barker and DJ AM at the KROQ Weenie Roast this past Saturday in Cali. These guys took the stage last by force and killed it. Pardon the low quality, it was just from my Panasonic Lumix... I wish I had more memory on my card, the Queen finale was crazy.
Friday, May 01, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I am so full of sympathy and sorrow for the loss of our friend, Chris "Lil Chris" Baker and Travis's buddy, Charles "Che" Still. I'm sure there are some people out there that knew them or know Travis and AM that would like to offer their support. The best way to do so is by contributing to the funds that were established in their memory. If you can do so, please help out.
The Chris Baker Memorial Fund and the Charles Still Memorial Fund have been established for the benefit of Chris and Charles' families. Donations may be sent to the respective funds at the following address:
1840 South Milliken
Ontario, CA 91761
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Oh the building excitement! Except for the fact that it's the NFL's Sunday 2008 season kickoff (only MTV would put the VMA's on the same day, huh?) this is the thing to watch today. Travis and AM are the "house band" for the 2008 VMA's, and will play throughout the show in and out of commercial breaks and will also back 4 different performances on tonight's show. Don't miss it- 9PM EST on MTV. This is an exclusive Rosenblog photo from Saturday's rehearsals.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Great LA Times article right here on our own Travis Barker and his remix game along with the recent DJ AM collaborations. Also, this lets the cat out of the bag- Travis and AM will serve as the "house band" for thie year's MTV Video Music Awards on 9/7/2008. Props to Jenni on the PR.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
It's finally here. The long awaited mixtape from Travis Barker and DJ AM, Fix Your Face. The CD is a studio mixed set from one of Travis and AM's legendary live club performances. It drops next week all over the net... but Rosenblog has an exclusive. Check out the Intro to the CD below. Not available in stores. Not available on Itunes. Happy hunting and enjoy.
Also, I just remembered that this week marks the first year anniversary of Rosenblog, and I am trying to come up with something special for you all. Stay put.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Check out DJ AM with all of his sneakers trying to eat him alive. As you can see, AM is partial to Dunks. A lot of Dunks. Hey, AM, at least now that you have all of your music digitized you don't have to have a room full of vinyl records AND a separate room for your sneakers. Yay.