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Exactly a year ago today, DJ Mehdi (born Mehdi Faveris- Essadi) died after falling through a glass floor in his Paris apartment during a party. He was 34-years-old.
The accident happened when the Paris-born producer and DJ was at the very top of his game. Mehdi came to prominence as one of the world’s most respected producers of French hip hop. After meeting with the likes of Busy P (Pedro Winter), Cassius, Daft Punk and Mr Oizo, he applied his knowledge of hip hop to the world of electro with tunes such as his breakthrough hit, the worldwide smash ‘I Am Somebody’.
Tracks on a more straightforward electro tip such as ‘Pocket Piano’ and ‘Signatune’, and remixes of tunes such as Miike Snow’s ‘Burial’ and his brilliant take on Cassius’ ‘Feeling For You’ cemented Mehdi’s status as one of the most exciting producers in the genre, while his DJ sets both on his own and as part of Ed Banger’s DJ collective Club 75 with Busy P, Justice and Cassius were unmissable. In March, he and Busy P released the fantastic mix compilation ‘Let The Children Techno’.
Mehdi’s performance with close friend Henry ‘Riton’ Smithson as Carte Blanche, at Creamfields just a couple of weeks earlier, was for many the highlight of the festival. In some ways it summed up why he was one of the best-loved figures in clubland: warm, engaging and full of love for his music, his fellow DJs and not least, his audience. The tributes that have poured in from fans and every corner of the dance music world have shown just how much he will be missed.
In celebration of the talented DJ and producer we have gathered together or favourite memories of Mehdi throughout his years in Mixmag, and highlighted a selection of the many tributes from his friends and peers.
March 2011: Mehdi and Busy P do our Q&A
DJ Mehdi tribute on upcoming Radio 1 show
Next Monday BBC Radio 1 will broadcast a whole show documenting the history of Ed Banger Records as the second installation in a three part series of 'Behind the Label'. More info here.
Before the show has even aired Radio 1 have given us a snippet of the audio, which features Erol Alkan, Riton and Busy P (in that order) talking about Mehdi. Stream it below.
September 2012: Brodinski explains his 'brotherhood' with Medhi
In a recent interview, Brodinski remembered his deceased friend and explained how Mehdi is still an inspiration to him and his Bromance label.
“Mehdi became my mentor. We had a brotherhood", explains Brodinski. “He was such an inspiration. He was honestly an angel. He would see you once and remember your name. He was magnetic.” You can read the full interview here.
January 2012: Mehdi tells Mixmag about his love of shirts
“When we started our Ed Banger parties in 2005 we would all turn up wearing the same T-shirts – it was so embarrassing. There would be Justice, Busy P, SebastiAn, Feadz and me playing, all having a good time, but dressed exactly the same. I thought, “OK, I am a part of this family but I don’t have to prove it like some sort of teenager.” So I began my quest for the perfect shirt.
Every morning I think about what shirt to wear. It is a part of my life just as much as eating, shaving, playing music or having sex. I want my shirts to be well fitted, not too fancy, with a good collar. People rarely compliment your personality but if you have a good shirt on they will say, “Hey, what a great shirt!”. So if you want to feel good about yourself, a shirt is a very good place to start.”
September and October 2011: Feadz and A-Trak pay homage to Mehdi with mixes
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