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DJ AM in the L.A. Times and a collection of video performances

August 28, 2009 |  6:26 pm

Though he was widely known as a Hollywood nightlife fixture and for his relationship with Nicole Richie, DJ AM was an adept re-mixer and live performer, a sort of ambassador between edgy electronica circles and the celebrity fixtures surrounding club culture. Last year, Chris Lee profiled DJ AM's new project with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, TRV$DJAM. Here, DJ AM described their initial jam sessions:

"I hadn't heard his remixes and didn't know how amazing a drummer Travis is. But we got together, I threw on James Brown's 'Funky Drummer,' one of the most sampled beats in hip-hop, and 'I Know You Got Soul' by Bobby Byrd. His face would just open up; he would match the beat perfectly. I thought, 'Damn, this is fun.' It's like a skeleton you get to put the clothes on. And once the clothes are on, you yank out the spine."

Also that year, Geoff Boucher and Jennifer Oldham covered the Learjet crash that injured DJ AM and Barker.

Shortly after the crash, DJ AM performed with Jay-Z at the newly reopened Hollywood Palladium. "Onstage as Jay-Z’s laptop man," Margaret Wappler wrote, "DJ AM’s hair was still patchy from treatments but he smiled and waved his arms in the air as Jay-Z implored the crowd to 'make some noise for DJ AM.'"

Below are videos of DJ AM's work behind the decks and with Barker. Also notable is a harrowing final message from AM's Twitter account, quoting Grandmaster Flash:


--August Brown

More DJ AM videos are after the jump.