Friday, July 22, 2016

Film Review: As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM

After many years of negotiations and discussion a documentary about the life of DJ AM was finally Authorized by the estate of DJ AM. Director Kevin Kerslake’s film is a comprehensive and compassionate look at one of the world’s first truly superstar DJs. DJ AM experienced meteoric success through both raw talent and sheer determination, overcoming what for others might have been staggering adversity before tragically succumbing to the demons that dogged his life and career. The film’s pacing and style captures the frenetic speed and dynamism of DJ AM’s life as well as introspective moments of candor and insight. In short we really get a chance to see the human side of this larger than life celebrity DJ.

DJ AM, whose real name was Adam Goldstein touched many people’s lives inside and outside the entertainment industry, from peers and intimates to colleagues and legions of fans and admirers. The film features interviews with: Mark Ronson; Diplo; Jon Favreau; DJ Jazzy Jeff; A-Trak; Mix Master Mike; Vice; Z-Trip; Steve Aoki; Paul Oakenfold; LMFAO’s Redfoo; and Dr. Drew Pinsky, among others. As befits a film about music, AS I AM’s soundtrack is as eclectic as DJ AM’s own signature style, showcasing musical performances and music by Daft Punk, Justice, Outkast, Elton John, The Doors, The Ramones, Blondie, Black Sabbath, Talking Heads, The Outfield, Fischerspooner, Zoë Keating, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gang Starr, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and many other artists.