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Canadian DJ A-Trak will drop electro dance beats at LIV this Friday, about a month before he takes his act to New Orleans as a featured performer at this year's Voodoo Experience Music Festival. Unfortunately, one of his longtime friends and frequent collaborators won't be with him at either event.
In September, the world lost legendary French music producer DJ Mehdi. And Alain "A-Trak" Maklovich lost one of his best buddies. The two friends met for the first time in Montreal on New Year's Eve 2006. "As soon as I met Mehdi, a bond was quickly forged," Maklovich writes in a touching tribute posted on his website. "It felt like I finally met my DJ partner.
"Indeed, as I got to know Mehdi, there was more than just a common taste in music that brought us together," he explains. "There was a sense of humor, a love for writing, a thirst for knowledge, not to mention a passion for Seinfeld."
A-Trak and Mehdi hit the road together, spinning as a tag team. They played clubs, festivals, and house parties together while building an incredible friendship. They vacationed together and even swapped houses for two months. "Whenever I showed up, whether it be on one of these trips or simply at his Paris apartment, the first thing he would say was: 'T'es chez toi. [You're in your house.]'"
It's been a rough month for A-Trak. But as he says, Mehdi's spirit lives on, and the two friends will undoubtedly be in the DJ booth together next week at LIV.