Dance community pays tribute to the late Les ‘MixDoctor’ Adams

Some of the biggest names in dance music have taken to social media to pay tribute to Les ‘MixDoctor’ Adams, who has died of a heart attack at the age of 63.

Adams was one of the first DJs in the UK to adopt a ‘beat matching’ style to his DJing – a craft that he learned from American DJ Greg James (himself the understudy of Studio 54’s Ritchie Kaczor).

In 1983, he sent a mix to the then-emerging Disco Mix Club, or DMC, which in time would become fabled for its megamixes, and was assigned to its production team, working alongside the likes of Alan Coulthard, Chad Jackson and Peter Slaghuis.

It was at DMC that Adams would become known by the pseudonym ‘MixDoctor’, adding a dancefloor touch to some of the big pop hits of the period: 1984’s Madonna Goes To The Doctor, for example, blends the queen of pop’s Holiday with everything from Frankie Goes To Hollywood to Miami Sound Machine, while the Grace Jones Musclemix, which featured on the Pull Up To The Bumper 12-inch (1986), is a disco-fuelled rework of some of the Jamaican artist’s biggest hits.

Adams would also find pop success as a member of LA Mix (alongside wife Emma Freilich and Mike Stevens), a pop act that tapped into the sampling craze of the late 80s –  1988’s Check This Out made it to the Top 10 in the charts, but was tainted by legal complications over the samples therein.

Among those paying tribute to Adams on Twitter were Joey Negro, CJ Mackintosh, Robbie Vincent and a host of familiar names.

Check out this classic mix from Les Adams from DMC’s January 1986 mixes LP, dubbed the Bogie Boogie Mix, which features artists including Doug E Fresh, Aretha Franklin, Kurtis Blow and Colonel Abrams among others. RIP.

[Main picture taken from – original photo from Music Technology, October 1989]

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