Solomon Kahn

R.I.P. Solomon Kahn (DJ Solomon)

I’ve only had my blog back up and running for a little over a week now, and while I’m eagerly seeking new and cool content to write about, it seems lately I’m spending most of my time posting obituary type posts, and unfortunately today’s saddening post hits a little bit closer to home. As I was in the middle of my set last night, I checked my Twitter scroll and saw that Solomon Kahn aka DJ Solomon had been killed in a car accident while on tour in Bangkok, Thailand with his fianceé (who survived the crash with some serious but non-critical injuries).

Solomon, a DJ with the combination of technical ability, passion, and musical knowledge, is one of those elite DJs that could rock any place, any time, in front of any crowd. In addition to his reputation as a party rocker, he was also popularly known as the DJ for the Golden State Warriors. Just two weeks ago, I was at a Warriors game with my girlfriend, and Solomon was on the decks cutting and dicing up the Beatle’s “Come Together.” I was telling her about how dope Solomon was, and that I had a chance to play with him a couple of times at Fahrenheit several years back.

Unfortunately, I can’t claim that I knew Solomon aside from those opening sets and an email conversation we once had, but I do know a ton of guys that knew him quite well. What hit me last night was, is that while there are many folks who don’t take the whole DJ thing too seriously, there are many of us who do. There are people who earn a living on their own terms in doing so. They support their families, pay their rent/mortgages, and put food on the table. DJing in many cases, allows some of us to travel and see places we may have never seen otherwise, and meet people we may have never otherwise met, if even for a little while. While I didn’t know Solomon personally, I felt this immediate sense of loss to a community that I remembered suddenly, I’m so very proud to be a part of.

My heart goes out to the Kahn family, Solomon’s fianceé and to the San Francisco Bay Area DJ community. Solomon’s loss will definitely leave major void among the people who knew him best. The blessing if you will, is that his loss will be felt far and wide for a long time to come. You see, Solomon will be remembered for his dedication to his craft, his passion for life, and his impact on people with his music. Many of those people he didn’t even know.

God bless.