RIP: DJ Mehdi Dead at 34


Some awful news: apparently French DJ and producer DJ Mehdi died in Paris today. Details are sketchy at this point, with French daily Le Monde reporting only that he died from “an accident at his home,” but according 20Minutes, Mehdi’s publicist has confirmed that the producer “was at his apartment, on a mezzanine with several others … the mezzanine collapsed [and] three others have been hospitalised.” Mehdi – born Mehdi Favéris-Essadi – was a key artist on influential French electronic label Ed Banger, which is home to the likes of Justice, Uffie, and Mr. Oizo. He was an early signing to the label and helped define its influential, electro-tinged, genre-hopping sound. As well as his own production work, he also collaborated with and remixed a variety of prominent artists, including Chromeo, Daft Punk, and Cassius. He was only 34. [via Resident Advisor]