Tributes are pouring in from the world’s dance music community, expressing shock and sadness over the death of French producer and Ed Banger crew member, DJ Mehdi. Mehdi, who always was an important person to the Electronic Beats family, was celebrating the birthday of Carte Blanche partner Riton, when a Plexiglas mezzanine on which Mehdi and others were standing on collapsed.
Amongst the hundreds of messages from fans and artists, past collaborators such as Chromeo tweeted “We lost our brother. No words” whereas Riton said via Twitter “I just want everyone to know that we were all laughing our asses off 1/2 second before the accident and simon alegia and louise are all well”. A very sad day indeed for dance music.
Enjoy this selection of some of Mehdi’s finest moments below – our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
UPDATE: Mehdi’s label Ed Banger Records and Because Music filed this official statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend DJ Mehdi. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.“
Henry Smithson is one of dance music’s more interesting characters. As Riton he has morphed from making broken beat sample house on Grand Central, to full on electro-clash (eeek) on his album Homies and Homos, released countless 12″s and remixes and crafted a tiny masterpiece of orchestrated twilight music on Eine Kleine Nacht Musik. Ever restless he then embarked on the Carte Blanche project with DJ Mehdi which saw the pair tour the world playing festivals and clubs with their homage to Chicago house. And now? Well now, it’s Riton Time as Smithson explains in a rather tongue in cheek press release;
“What better time could there be to make it rain money in the music industry? I’ve been studying the business models of all the labels I’ve previously been signed to. Ed Banger, Turbo, Modular, DFA, Get Physical, Phantasy Sound and Atlantic, and decided that I would have a go myself. I’ll divide my time equally between editing and recording, designing my own fashion line, cologne and action figure range.
I mean how difficult can it be?”
With collaborations lined up with the likes of Canblaster, Cocknbullkid, Sneaky Sound System, Scru Fizza, the first single is a collaboration with Shani Cuppcake, which is backed with a Wafa remix
‘DARK PLACE’/’A.C.P.’, is due to be released on August 15th 2011