DJ Mehdi, R.I.P.


Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, better known as the French electro artist and Ed Banger Collective member DJ Mehdi, passed away at 34, according to an announcement on Twitter by his friend DJ Cut Killer.

While best known for his work with Ed Banger, Mehdi was a student of hip-hop and house at his core. He learned how to mix at 13 and started studying production techniques shortly after that. As a teenager, he served as resident DJ for local rap groups Different Teep and Ideal J, as well as he collective Mafia K'1 Fry. His early production work with groups like 113—including their track "Tonton Du Bled"—established his approach, which melded the styles of hip-hop with elements of dance music. Within a few years, Mehdi was producing tracks for the legendary MC Solaar and had worked with Arabic jazz and pop artist Khalid.

In the early '00s, Mehdi's production interests shifted more toward dance music, which led to collaborations with French dance gods Cassius and Daft Punk. The successes led to him joining his friend and manager Pedro "Busy P" Winter's newly founded Ed Banger label; Mehdi quickly became a pillar of the collective. The two shared a passion for creating a raucous dance floor that encouraged diversity and refused to cater to the genre limitations that are often found in house and techno circles.

DJ Mehdi, "Signatune"

His own music reflected that as well; his 2006 Lucky Boy EP mixed hip-hop, disco and house, without too much of the newly hip electronic grit that had become so popular among Ed Banger's roster. The album's disco-influenced "Signatune" became an instant anthem and was remixed by Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, while the Chromeo collaboration "I Am Somebody" combined its funk groove with a pop aesthetic that garnered it regular play at indie-dance nights. In more recent years, Mehdi had teamed up with DJ Riton to form Carte Blanche, an act that aimed to bring back an old-school house vibe to party music.

DJ Mehdi feat. Chromeo, "I Am Somebody"

Since the news spread this morning, the dance community has turned to Twitter to share thoughts and memories of their friend and peer. Some remember an act of kindness or his willingness to chat with fans; others remember his high-energy sets and sense of humor; still others recall how he loved to dance. The latter was apparent from his live sets, where he could always be seen having as much fun as his audience—a quality that's become harder and harder to find.

Carte Blanche, "Gare du Nord"

Details regarding the cause of the his death are still vague, though several French news sites report that a mezzanine in the DJ's home collapsed, killing Mehdi and leaving two others hospitalized.

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A great loss for the vibrant French scene...and those of us watching it with interest from afar.


RIP DJ Mehdi. All international hipsters will remember your house stuff, but here in France we'll always be thankful for your gift and talent as a hip-hop producer - one of the best we had - for Mafia K1Fry to Rocé, Fabe, and Booba.

Jay One
Jay One


One of France's most talented DJ/Producer, Just Past away yesterday in a home accident involving 2 other persons - They are in critical conditions but it appears their lives are not in jeopardy.

It appears one of the mezzanine where the 3 where just collapsed, apparently under the weight.

Not much details has emerged yet of what caused the breakdown of the structure.

I was married to artist FAFI famous for her graffiti Pinup-esque character, She and Miss Van popularized. 

DJ Mehdi was responsible for the success of new generation of Suburbia MC's, using a post modern electro sound, He introduced a new sound to Hip Hop as early as in the late 90's.  A sound used today by the likes of Kanye West, Drake or Nikki Menaj. 

France's does not get much credit when it comes to HIP HOP, but I can tell for having a more than decent knowledge of Hip hop at large that DJ Mehdi was an avant-guardist, as well as a good and humble person. Like most french kids from of 3 generation immigrant, he profited from a mix of culture including, Caribbean, African and Occidental Pop/Rock/New wave.

In the video of is 1st single as a solo artist he featured Graffiti legend Futura 2000.

He Produced song for Paris 113, Karlito, Carte Blanche and was part of hipster record company Headbanger - house of Daft Punkt, Justice, Uffie, Kavinski.

Always in for experimentation, We had the opportunity to collaborate on a small scale project called in the White Room - a project involving a graffiti-writer, a graphic designer - Alex Wise- and a DJ, creating live work of art for 5 days, erasing all at the end of each session, keeping no trace of  it at all. It was an experiment similar to the one of the ephemerality of Street graffiti. 

It was all caught on video tape an edited on DVD, we distributed in the final 5th day.

We had several musical concept involving music and art as a whole... 

He was supposed to mix in upcoming October exhibition.  

Mehdi Faveris Essadi was 34. He was survived by his wife and son. 

Thanks for the attention.

Jay One A.K.A The Blqck Picqsso™

His death was announced in the journal Le Monde, This is how important he was as a cultural persona in Europe.

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