How Pauly D Honors His Late Idol, DJ AM

Pauly D showed his softer side (OK, so it happens all the time) during last week’s “The Pauly D Project” when booking a set at Rain, the massive Vegas hotspot where Adam Goldstein (aka DJ AM) spent his residency just before his untimely passing in 2009. Flattered to be using AM’s own deck and records, Pauly felt mega pressure to pack the club and give a performance worthy of his idol’s approval.

Aaaand as we all expected, PD killed the 1s and 2s that night (as he does every night), which got us thinkin’… in many regards, Pauly is much like Adam. While no one can ever truly replace the late, great spinner, if anyone can help his legacy live on, it’s Pauly. Just a few ways PD honors AM’s memory:

Staying versatile. Pauly has stated he doesn’t want to be labeled as any one type of DJ. He recently told the Las Vegas Sun, “I’m not just a dance DJ. I’m not just a hip-hop DJ. I’m open format. I want to be known as the body rocker.” DJ AM was known for spinning across genres, seamlessly blending tracks with unlikely partners. (Like, if Carly Rae Jepsen were to collab with Linkin Park. Hey…)

Teaming up. While DJ AM scratched records for Madonna and performed alongside Jay-Z, Pauly has said he hopes to produce later on down the line and work with other musicians. With a brief stint on Britney Spears‘ Femme Fatale Tour last summer, he’s certainly on the right track.

Sneaker obsession. DJ AM wasn’t shy about being labeled a “sneakerhead,” owning over 900 pairs–primarily Nikes–and Pauly will drop everything he’s doing in order to clean his kicks.

Slick tricks. While Pauly D is a self-proclaimed Prank King, having duped both his “Jersey Shore” castmates and his “Project” crew, DJ AM was most certainly no stranger to the punchline. Back in 2005, Adam teamed up with Ashton Kutcher to fool his former fiancee, Nicole Richie, during an episode of “Punk’d.

Helping others. Just before his passing, AM spent a great deal of time filming a reality program for MTV titled “Gone Too Far,” in which he raised awareness of teen drug addiction and the devastating effects it has on families. When he’s not DJing or hanging at the Shore, Pauly spends much of his time trying to make a difference in the world, be it visiting with a young fan battling cancer or pitching in on a PSA that honors 9/11.

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