Posted in music on February 16, 2013

Mark Kamins

Pioneering DJ and producer Mark Kamins, who was instrumental in facilitating the signing of Madonna to Sire Records in 1982, has died.

According to BlackBook, on Feb. 14, he suffered "a massive coronary" in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he has been teaching. A family source has confirmed Kamins' death to Billboard. Word spread on Facebook, where many friends of the Downtown New York City scenester posted remembrances. The particular poignancy of his passing is surely the marking of the chronology of those connected to the incipient development of the biggest musical star of our time -- the mortality surrounding the cultural immortal that is the Queen of Pop.....

....Kamins perhaps distinctly represented a lost New York club scene of debauchery and illicit behaviors, replaced now by bottle service, bankers and strict adherence to officialdom-imposed standards. A fixture at the legendarily uninhibited Danceteria, where he mingled with not only the soon-to-be Material Girl, but also Downtown icons Keith Haring, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys, his remixes included superstars of the time like Kajagoogoo and Ofra Haza." [Billboard]

Steve Lewis reprinted an interview he did with Mark in 2008 along with a tribute at his Blackbook blog. Rest in Peace Mark.

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Comments (6)

Mark was a spirited NYC Soul. He loved life. He loved music. He loved telling stories about times he had 'back in the day'.

We are gonna miss you. You made your mark on the world.

RIP

Posted by zach staggers | February 16, 2013 10:06 AM

"Kamins perhaps distinctly represented a lost New York club scene of debauchery and illicit behaviors, replaced now by bottle service, bankers and strict adherence to officialdom-imposed standards" Those were the days when clubs were cool and welcomed all types: Straight, gay, black, white, latino etc..- before Manhattan was turned into a big mall. RIP Mark!

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2013 3:26 PM

Mí esposo y yo fuimos amigos Mark en Guadalajara. Convivimos mucho con el, siempre feliz, lleno de vida, nos hacia reír mucho. Fue una gran persona sentimos mucho su muerte nos sorprendió ya que un día antes mí esposo tuvo noticias de el por medio de un mensaje y le comentó que se sentía bien. Descansaber en paz amigo te recordaremos siempre.

Posted by Lourdes Godoy Muzquiz | February 16, 2013 9:14 PM

Mark

A great guy and one of my first friends when I started working at Danceteria, RIP you will always be fondly remembered.

George

Posted by George Grafas | April 22, 2013 7:21 AM

r.i.p way too young to pass on.

Posted by catering winnipeg | June 28, 2013 3:47 PM

I just can't enough of this track. so wonderful! beautiful tune.......

Posted by Shane | September 17, 2014 1:16 PM

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