INTERVIEW: DJ AM Documentary Director Kevin Kerslake Talks 'As I AM' Ahead of Tribeca Film Festival Debut
The story of DJ AM is one of tragedy and loss, while also being a tale of triumph and overcoming adversity. The world famous DJ grew to become one of the biggest names in show business during the 2000s as he electrified the nightlife business with his signature style of DJing that combined different styles of music, expert turntablism and showmanship that was unparalleled in his field. Outside of the DJ booth, DJ AM (real name Adam Goldstein) suffered from drug addition and grew up in tragic circumstances. This is all chronicled in a new documentary about Goldstein by veteran music video and documentarian, Kevin Kerslake. The film titled "As I AM" is being premiered tonight (April 17) at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
Over his storied career, Kerslake has directed music videos for the likes of Nirvana, Velvet Revolver, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Cypress Hill and many others. He has also directed and produced documentaries on a variety of different topics including for Electric Daisy Carnival, which has footage from DJ AM, the remix album for Bob Marley's Legend and live show shoots for a variety of bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
We had the chance to sit down with Kerslake to discuss the film, the life of DJ AM and what viewers should take away from the doc. Kerslake also has some interesting insight into whether or not Goldstein could make it in today's DJ culture where it is more important to be a producer than a DJ.
If you are unable to catch the film over the next few days in New York, Kerslake and his team are plotting a theatrical release with "mesmerizing" bonus features that will appear in the coming months.
Watch the full interview below and stay tuned for part two where Kerslake discusses his long career and gives candid advice for those who wish to follow in his footsteps.