News: "DJ Hero" Maker On DJ AM's Passing, "We Are Deeply Saddened By The Loss"

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009 5:06PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Activision, the maker behind Jay-Z's upcoming DJ Hero video game, has released a statement on the passing of the game's contributor, Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, and said the late deejay's work would still be featured in the project.

In addition to speaking on his passing, the company also said his final work was vital to the game.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of DJ AM, who was a tremendous talent, a trusted partner and friend to DJ Hero," a statement read. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. AM was instrumental in the making of DJ Hero and we hope that his work on the game will be a fitting tribute to his creative spirit and musical talent." (Woooha)

In addition to featuring contributions from DJ AM, the video game will also help fans step in to the shoes of a hip-hop deejay.

The makers of Guitar Hero introduce a new way to experience your favorite music. With DJ Hero you will be the life of the party as you scratch and mix more than 100 songs into over 90 unique mixes. Learn basic and advanced DJ Hero techniques, then spin your way through different set lists in beginner, easy, medium, hard, and expert modes. Grab your friends and start your own DJ Hero party. (Gaming Age)

Eminem previously spoke on the "fun" aspect behind the upcoming release.

"I think there's a lot of kids who listen to hip-hop [and] buy video games," Em said in an interview. "A lot of the same audience. It gives the kids a chance to, kinda, get their feet wet with the deejaying experience. Obviously it's a video game so it's not the actual thing, but, it can give you a feel for what it's kinda like for kids or whatever...If this game would have came out back when I was a kid, I would have went to Target and stole it along with my pink 'Alf' shirt...I think that this is kinda a way for kids, you know with Guitar Hero it's like challenging them to be able to play the songs and this is kinda challenging the kids to become a deejay." (YouTube)

DJ AM's memorial will take place tomorrow (September 3) evening in California.

A celebratory memorial will be held for Goldstein Thursday night at the Hollywood Palladium, which last October was the site of DJ AM's first performance following the plane crash that he and Travis Barker survived. "The format of the evening will be in the style of an open 12-step meeting. Adam's friends both from his life in recovery, as well as those from other areas of his life are welcome. We ask only that everyone adhere to the tradition of anonymity and let what they hear there, and who they see there, stay there." (E! Online)

Check out DJ AM's DJ Hero promotional advertisement below:

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