LOS ANGLES (CelebrityAccess) Matt Dike, 56, co-founder of Delicious Vinyl and a producer with his name on several iconic recordings, died in mid-January following a battle with salivary gland cancer, it was announced May 13.
Dike had become a near-recluse but in his heyday he was credited for producing much of The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique alongside the Dust Brothers in Dike’s Larchmont studio (aka his apartment). He had produced or co-produced some of the biggest songs of the 19880s including Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” and Young MC’s “Bust A Move. He also served as a club DJ to an upstart Ice-T.
In his early 20s, Dike co-founded the Los Angeles club Power Tools and deejayed there. The site would draw luminaries like Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Annie Lennox and members of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Once he made his millions, he bought a mansion in Echo Park and spent a quarter-century in seclusion, “surrounded by his record, tape and art collections, reaching out to friends via text message and telephone, cruising down the hill in his VW Beetle to Trader Joe’s for supplies and returning home,” the Times said.
His passing was announced by Delicious Vinyl and confirmed by his brother Lane.