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Director Kevin Kerslake On The Making Of "As I Am: The Life & Times Of DJ AM" & His Enduring Legacy

The late DJ AM gets a proper tribute with the newly released documentary As I Am: The Life and Times of DJ AM. Debuting at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival,the biopic provides an intimate look into Adam Goldstein, the man behind turntables. Joining Sway in the Morning, director Kevin Kerslake discusses Goldstein’s notorious battle with substance abuse, his celebrity status as well as the childhood traumas that helped shape his life. An industry leader, prior to his sudden death he pushed the envelope with his unique ability to blend pop with Hip Hop. Kerslake explained, “AM just had this love of music and wanted to put it out there.” 

Regarding the plane 2008 crash that caused him to relapse after 11 years of sobriety, Kerslake gave insight into how the near death experience affected Goldstein both personally and professionally: ‘It created a situation where he had to get on a plane once or twice and day…to deal with that anxiety he medicated with Xanax and that opened the door…”

Watch as Kerslake & Sway exchange stories in the full interview below:


Icon of hip-hop culture and a pivotal part of the MTV News team, Sway has been a staple of the music-news arena for more than a decade. From giving Eminem, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac their very first radio airplay on his local show in the mid-’90s to providing television viewers with their first good look at some of today’s hottest celebrities in music, film, fashion and sports. Sway has been there for some of music and the world’s biggest moments.

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