Delicious Vinyl Co-Founder Matt Dike Dies

Matt Dike, who co-founded Delicious Vinyl and was regarded as the king of the Los Angeles club scene in the 1980s, has died. He was 56.

Matt Dike
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Delicious Vinyl announced on its website March 13 that Dike died in January. The Los Angeles Times confirmed Dike’s death with his brother.

Dike is known for producing some of the biggest hits to come out of the West Coast rap scene during the 1980’s, including Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” and Young M.C.’s “Bust A Move.” He played a crucial role in producing The Beastie Boys’ 1989 sophomore album, Paul’s Boutique.

After moving from New York to Los Angeles in 1980, Dike drew attention for spinning records in several of the city’s hot spots, most notably Park Plaza Hotel’s Power Tools. With Dike’s talent, Power Tools attracted visits from the likes of Andy Warhol, David Bowie and The Beastie Boys.

 After the venue closed in 1987, Dike founded Delicious Records with business partner and DJ Mike Ross. The label struck gold with Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing.”

 Dike left the label in 1992, giving full control to Ross. After that he completely withdrew from the public spotlight, retreating to a mansion he purchased in L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood.