You know the news: French producer and electro-house, post-hip hop star DJ Mehdi passed away yesterday. Apparently, Mehdi was on the roof of his house in Paris celebrating Riton’s (the other half of Carte Blanche) Birthday in the company of friends - when the mezzanine they were on came down. At least two other people ended up in hospital, though Riton escaped.
We first knew about this accident through our contributor Laurent Fintoni, who wanted to share with us a short appreciation of one of his musical heroes, in his teenage days in France.
“It's always sad and tragic when an artist who touches people lives through his craft leaves us, even more so when they leave us in their prime before their time should rightfully be up. Yesterday the French producer and DJ, Mehdi, unfortunately became the latest such artist, passing in a tragic accident at the age of 34. While most people will know and remember him for his work in the 00s as part of Ed Banger, Mehdi for me will always have a place in my heart as the producer and DJ behind some of my favourite hip hop songs growing up as a teenager in France. For those of you not familiar with this part of his history I can only suggest you check it out and learn about where the man came from. I guess the one consolation is that artists live on beyond their lifespan through their art. In that way Mehdi will always be with us.
Here are two of my favourite tracks of his from 96/97. Rest in Peace Mehdi.”
Different Teep - Realite
Ideal J - Original MC's
Born Mehdi Favéris-Essadi 34 years ago in Hauts-de-Seine, a suburb north-west of Paris, Mehdi started his career as a DJ and producer with hip-hop crews like Different Teep and 113. At the end of the nineties, Mehdi started to get interested in electronic dance music, collaborating with Pedro Winter (aka Busy P) on several projects and becoming a spearheading artist on the Ed Banger label; with a sound that cut up the hip-hop from his youth with electro, disco-funk and house.
People such as A-Trak, Yuksek, Herve, Chromeo, Erol Alkan, Rustie and Darkstar - some of them very close to Mehdi - have already shown their grief on Twitter and other (social) media sites. An official statement from Ed Banger is expected soon.