Tonight, about 50 of Mark Kamins’ friends will gather at Ed Steinberg’s apartment to remember the legendary DJ/producer and all-around great guy Mark Kamins who passed earlier this week. It’s always a shock when someone you know goes away before a reasonable time. Mortality is a call in the middle of the night…too soon, too soon. Immortality is a record or track played again and again. It’s a legacy that inspires. It’s a thread in the fabric of our culture. Mark did all that he could with the time he was allotted. His ticker might have been weak and malfunctioning, but his heart was strong and pure.
He left us with a lot… so much… but passed because he didn’t have the means to mend his broken heart. Now we are left heartbroken…missing our friend, our mentor, our beacon. Mark could have had more if he didn’t seek the purity. If he had sold out more, worked with less eclectic performers, played more mainstream stuff. He was an artist who died in Mexico far away from so many friends, but teaching the next generation his craft, his art. His passing has left us with an empty feeling .His life filled us with joy and amazement.
He, of course, was most famous for "discovering Madonna" and producing everybody’s favorite track “Everybody.” The other day I wrote a little something about Mark and the Hollywood Reporter referred to my post, so I’ll refer to a quote they attribute to Madonna. The material girl said:
"I’m very sorry to hear about Mark’s 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."
As I mentioned last week, Lit Lounge will be celebrating its 11th year as the go-to place for those of us seeking reliable mayhem. I was asked to DJ, but alas I will be out of town at a wedding, suffering the 80-degree weather in Puerto Rico. You lucky ones will get to attend and enjoy the great crowd and DJs Leo Fitzpatrick, Joshua Wildman, JR, Prince Terrence, Illyse Singer, Nate Turbow, JD Gluckstein, Haruka Salt, Austin Peters, and Nick Darmstaedter. That’s this Friday and as usual: expect the unusual and unexpected.
Last night, while I was eating with colleagues at Aurora, I ran into artist Maripol – who documented Madonna’s rise and designed her jewelry – had been crying for days. She will be with us tonight as we wipe the tears from each other’s faces and tell stories of a life well lived. There will be a public gathering soon. DJ friends will play at some club where people will appreciate what Mark contributed to our way. I’ll let you know.