There are people, and then there are legends.
Mark Kamins was a DJ, producer and one of the top names in the New York club scene, and most remarkably he was the man responsible for launching Madonna’s career. If you’ve ever danced to her song “Everybody,” Kamins is the man behind the music, the producer. Besides Madonna, Kamins worked with the likes of David Byrne, Ofra Haza, Karen Finley, and UB40 and Sinead. While friends describe him as having a heart of gold but still being a bit of a loner, Kamins had a million friends, and +Beryll designer Sigmar Berg was a close one.
It was reported on February 15th that Kamins (seen on the left) passed away in Guadalajara, Mexico where he suffered a massive coronary. He was rumored to be having heart problems for a few months and flew down to Mexico to see a cardiologist. On the day he passed the internet was abuzz with blogs and posts from DJs and scene-sters all over the world with tributes to their friend, idol and favorite music man.
In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Madonna said,
“I’m very sorry to hear about Marks death. I haven’t seen him for years but if it weren’t for him, I might not have had a singing career. He was the first DJ to play my demos before I had a record deal. He believed in me before anyone else did. I owe him a lot. May he Rest in Peace.”
Kamins was not just making music but was also leading the way, taking everybody to a place they hadn’t been before. He was one of the first DJs to travel internationally, and would bring back beats from countries all the world that no one had heard of before.
From underground international songs to Madonna’s “Everybody,” the world will miss Mark Kamins’ music, his influence, and his ability to get everybody moving on the dance floor.
May he rest in peace.