DJ Mehdi, the French electronic music and hip-hop producer and DJ, associated with the Ed Banger Records crew, died last night, Sept. 12, at the age of 34. According to several reports, he was fatally injured when part of his Paris home collapsed.
His death was first announced 5 hours ago on twitter by DJ Cut Killer: "DJ Mehdi !! There are no words to tell you the sorrow that I'm feeling…. a friend has left… rest in peace brother" (Dj Mehdi !!! il n'y a pas de mots pour vous dire la peine que je ressens .... un ami s en vas ....repose en paix fréro.)
Phunk Promotions confirmed his death to 20Minutes, "We don't have that many details yet," explained the director Fabrice Desprez, "We know that he was at home, on a mezzanine with other people. The mezzanine collapsed. Three people are hospitalized."
From Tunisian decent, Mehdi Favéris-Essadi was born in Gennevilliers in 1977. He discovered music through his father who was an avid vinyl collector. Mehdi started mixing records at the age of 12-13. He began his career on the underground Parisian hip-hop scene as a DJ for the group Different Teep and as producer for the hip-hop group 113.
In 2006, he signed with French electro-house/producer and ex Daft Punk manager, Pedro Winter a.k.a Busy P, whose label Ed Banger gained international momentum with acts like Justice, SebastiAN and Uffie.
DJ Mehdi also co-founded a collective called Club 75 that represented the biggest names in French electro - Justice, Cassius and Daft Punk - on international tours. In 2009, he got together with English electronica producer Riton and formed Carte Blanche.
The French music scene and the global electronic scene are in shock as throughout the day, fans, friends and collaborators expressed their condolences via twitter. Uffie tweeted "I'm so sad I couldn't be at the hospital with the rest of the crew to see your face one last time. You knew how to light up our heart as [you] did a dancefloor. Life won't be the same without you in it… we will miss you more than words can say.. I just cant believe this…love you"
Just Blaze, who had just performed at the same Fool's Gold event on Labor Day, wrote " I'm literally shaking right now. We just played together last week. Heart goes out to his family and loved ones. RIP Mehdi" Chromeo, who collaborated with Mehdi on his single "I Am Somebody" (video below) wrote "We lost our brother. No words."
The Social Club, a Parisian nightclub known for hosting a wide-range of electronic artists announced via Facebook that they would remain closed tonight in order to honor the artist. "Following the death of DJ Mehdi, we have made the exceptional decision of closing the club tonight. An evening of silence in honor of the artist. Thank you for not commenting on this status."
One foot in French rap and the other in "la french touch," Mehdi Favéris- Essadi was honored by Adami who released a statement "DJ Mehdi is incontestably part of those who aided the French urban scene to be recognized around the world." DJ Mehdi incarnated the amalgam of musical genres that marked the beginning of this new millennium.