Today marks the 3rd anniversary of DJ AM’s tragic death and although he is gone, he is not forgotten. As an innovator of the live DJ experience Adam Goldstein’s skills were undeniable. If he were still alive today he would be a glittering gem amongst dull rhinestones — a shining example of all that is right in the DJ world.
As of late, the dance music discourse is dominated by questions of stagnancy and lack of creativity, but AM was a shining example of the exact opposite. He was an animal behind the turntables, his selections were diverse — never stagnant. His transitions were clever, and his ability to read the crowd was on point. It pains me — even three years later — to have to write this in past tense as we are all left with thoughts of what could have been. His contributions to the dance music scene and his ability to light up a room with his personality and his stage presence will be forever missed.
I’ll leave you all with his last virtual words, a Grandmaster Flash lyric, “New york, New York. Big city of dreams, but everything in New York aint always what it seems.”