The Power 106 Mix (December 29th, 2005)
Updated: Mar 25
In the middle of the afternoon on Thursday, December 29th, 2005 the iconic Los Angeles hip hop radio station Power 106 FM aired a special edition mixshow during the "12 days of Mixmas" called "Up In The Club". That day turned out to be two of the most iconic hours of radio programming of the entire 2000s with DJ AM playing an open format set on a hip hop station that sent reverberations throughout the entire DJ world. This single mix had a massive affect on a countless number of DJs and ushered in the open format / mashup era that followed from 2006-2009.
This mix is featured prominently in the documentary about Adam's life "As I AM: The Life & Times of DJ AM" with quotes from myself about its singular importance and place in AM's evolution. It really was a pivotal moment in his ascension to the top of the DJ game. I also wrote about it in 2012 for my personal website which is no longer. The text from that post is below:
"To help paint a picture of the times back then, this mix came along when hip hop and NOTHING BUT hip hop completely dominated the clubs and the commercial airwaves. Open format DJ’ing had not fully re-emerged from its’ late 90s coma yet so music was very one dimensional, especially in nightclubs. Also during this time, Power 106 FM in Los Angeles was a STRICTLY hip hop and R&B station, they never deviated from that playlist (even in their mixshows) so this mix was quite a shock to their regular listeners. In December 2005, Power decided to have a “club” themed day of mixes with back to back 2 hour sets from DJ AM & DJ Vice who were doing things a bit differently than everyone else at that time. AM did this mix 100% live in the middle of the afternoon on a Thursday for 2 solid hours. (The following year in December, 2006, they expanded this concept and had sets from DJ Echo, Vice, Graham Funke, Stonerokk, Fashen, Eric Dlux & others, AM did not participate in the 2006 festivities. Some people tend to mix the mix events of 2005 and 2006 together but they were two separate years).
Adam was initially skeptical about doing the mix thinking that he didn’t have clean versions of ANY of the music he regularly played but I convinced him that we could make edits of those songs the day before and he’d be set. That’s exactly what we did, we made edits for all the dirty versions he wanted to play the day before and it took pretty much the whole day & night to do so.
When December 29th arrived, I headed to AM’s house a couple hours before we were set to leave for the station and he was still doing a few last minute edits for the classic hip hop section of the mix. After we wrapped those up, we headed to the Power 106 headquarters. On the way to the station, he started telling me that he wanted to turn the car around and not do the mix. He admitted that he was really nervous about it and felt that their listeners would hate it because it wasn’t their format. I had to talk him off the ledge on that car ride. I pleaded with him and told him he HAD to do it, that it was a big moment for people to hear something creative other than hip hop and that he was indeed the guy that should do the mix. All truth be told, I believe he was the ONLY guy at the time that could do that mix with the flavor fresh enough to reach the masses and influence DJs. Sensing that this could indeed be a big moment for DJs and DJing and also for a major audience to hear a new style of music and mixing, I texted my man DJ Whitematic on my T-Mobile Sidekick and asked him to record the set. Whitematic had a huge antenna at his house and was all set up to record off the radio (and it’s his recording that hit the internet shortly after it happened).
There was definitely a buzz happening in the studio as the mix was happening, I think most people sensed that this was something different, a big moment. Songs like Modest Mouse “Float On,” Madonna’s “Holiday,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” were definitely a culture shock for the regular Power 106 listener. I remember the phone lines lit up with quite a few ecstatic listeners and there were also quite a few prominent DJs in the house witnessing it all go down including the legendary DJ Revolution, DJ Vice, Gusto, in addition to Eric Dlux & Big Syphe who were about to take over the afternoon shifts on Power 106. During the mix, Eric Dlux worked the main boards in the control room, did most of the on air talking & triggered all the drops you hear during the mix."
Here are some recently unearthed photos from that day at Power 106!
Here are the photos I took that day at the Power 106 studios:
A little over a week after it aired in LA, the mix was posted to the Serato Forum Board by Larry Graham aka Dig Dug, Adam's friend and resident DJ at Body English where AM played every weekend at the time. It sent shockwaves, anger, disbelief and a range of other emotions from fellow DJs. A lot of panties were in a bunch over this mix! lol. Check the link below to see the now hysterical reactions to the posted mix including comments from AM himself: https://serato.com/forum/discussion/9050
Here is the mix in it's entirety from the DJ AM Lives Mixcloud Page: