Just over 24 hours after [artist id="1562979"]DJ AM[/artist] was found dead by police at his New York apartment, his friend and collaborator, Blink-182 drummer [artist id="1526529"]Travis Barker[/artist], commented on his death via Twitter.
Barker, currently on tour with Blink, issued a series of tweets that read:
“Don’t know how i am gonna play 2night but i am for AM. My brother is gone.i love u and miss u, i’ll never forget all the good times we had. …
“I’ll never forget everything we’ve been thru and every time i play the drums i’ll think of you. U were an amazing friend/DJ/human being. …
“Rest In Peace my brother, this really f—s me up.”
The pair, of course, performed together as TRV$DJAM in an unusual but highly effective DJ/drummer format, and were the house band at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, performing with Katy Perry, LL Cool J and Lupe Fiasco. Just weeks later, the two were the sole survivors of a fiery plane crash in South Carolina that killed four; Barker and AM (real name: Adam Goldstein) were returning to Los Angeles after a show.
Both were seriously injured in the crash but recovered, and made their first post-accident performance at the Lot in Los Angeles this past New Year’s Eve .
In 2005, the pair told MTV News how they first got together. “Travis actually hit me up … and was like, ‘I dig what you do, I saw this drummer with a DJ [performing], and let’s get down and try it out and try to make something funky;’ ” AM said.
“It’s crazy, I saw [that performance] in a jazz club, [it was] like, mellow playing hip-hop stuff with a DJ,” Barker recalled. “And I said, ‘I’m gonna find the best DJ and do this right.’ “