September 16, 2013


The Gaslamp Killer Talks Recovery Following Near-Death Accident

Photo: B+
Photo: B+

In July, popular Los Angeles DJ/producer Gaslamp Killer was almost killed when his scooter flipped and landed on him, dragging him downhill and causing massive internal bleeding. Doctors told the musician that he was three hours away from dying and the accident led to a removal of the Brainfeeder producer's spleen. Ever since, GLK has been laying low, recovering in his home and working on music "just for fun."

Before giving us a tour of his record collection on Crate Diggers, Gaslamp Killer gave us an update on his health, new music and his changed outlook on life. 

Most people haven't heard from you since the accident. Can you give us an update on how you’ve been feeling?

I have had good family and friends hanging around helping me. I've been spending a lot of time resting, meditating, praying, taking walks around Mt. Washington. I've been recording a lot of new music. I've been spending time with the closest people to me. I'm just trying to heal and be in a positive mental state while healing.

There was a minute there where I was getting really upset that I was missing out on all the summer activities and shows. But I've come to a place where I'm super grateful for my life and I'm feeling like this is an opportunity for me to start anew and be a better human being. Stronger. More present. More conscious. More aware of myself, my energy, my physical body as well as my spiritual, mental and emotional health. And I appreciate all my fans who reached out. The outpouring of love has been fantastic and I'm super grateful and blessed.

Does your health improve every day or is it more ups and downs?

It goes up and down. Right now, I've been very active and it's been real hard on me. I went swimming at Flying Lotus' house yesterday and my body hasn't been used to using my core at all. Walking is the most exercise I've done. Swimming is a whole other world because I'm using my core and that's what hurts the worst. It's been a tough road, but I'm finding a lot of positives out of all this.

What sort of physical therapy did the doctors prescribe?

I went into a trauma center and they saved my life, but let me go with zero information. I've had nobody looking out for me and I've had to do all my own research online. I've talked to a few people who have been through similar things and have helped me gain some insight. But I'm super grateful for everyone who told me I needed to start doing yoga and Watsu [water yoga], swimming, eating right and avoiding alcohol and drugs.

Have you noticed an improvement from doing all that?

I haven't noticed yet. My scar hurts like hell. My back is really stiff from a month in bed. But I'm almost a month clean of painkillers, so I'm only on two or four Advils a day. My brain and my spirit are connecting again. Overall, I'm just so happy I didn't hit my head and damage my brain.

How has the accident affected you financially?

My father is one of my best friends. He's my accountant, my life coach and confidant and he literally signed me up for insurance three years ago and started sending me the bills. I told him, "I do not want to do this. Why did you sign me up for this?" He said, "Because you're making a little money now. You need health insurance." So for the last three years, I've had the same health insurance policy and just now, it came into effect. So instead of $100,000, it's going to be $10,000. My dad is the man. I have a bed downstairs because my dad was staying with me for a month.

What was your lowest point after you were released from the hospital?

About three weeks in, I really wanted to go out and start hearing music. I was having massive FOMO and bad thoughts. My girl couldn't come visit because she was stuck at work in New York and I was really f-ckin' stressed out and super down and, "Why the f-ck did I survive?" But then, I meditated through that sh-t and then I realized that I'm here to enjoy my life. I just learned to be grateful for what you have. I could have had brain damage, broken my back or been paralyzed. Instead, I'm left with a gnarly scar and a reminder to just slow down.

Are you working on any new music?

I've been making music every day, but I'm really taking it easy. I'm not pushing myself. There's no release date. There's no record label. It's just me alone in my room working on music for the love of it. I'm trying to get back to that special place when I was a kid and finding that love, happiness and pure, unadulterated passion for music. I'm just working on stuff every day, all day, just for fun, just 'cause I can. Nobody is breathing down my neck for anything. It's all just fun.

[Gaslamp Killer proceeds to construct an ominous beat on the fly anchored by tambourines and a room-shaking bass line]

Having fun again!

What message would you share to fans hoping to see you perform again?

I'm going to be back and better than ever soon, but not too soon for my health. Everybody who knows me knows I've been touring for ten years. It's time for a break. It's time for some GLK alone time.