A fixture in the downtown New York City scene of the early 1980s, he held court at Danceteria and produced the Queen of Pop’s debut single, “Everybody.” Says Madonna in a statement to THR: “He believed in me before anyone else did.”
Also from that Hollywood Reporter obit, Madonna’s statement on Kamins’ passing:
“I’m very sorry to hear about Marks death. I haven’t seen him for years but if it weren’t for him, I might not have had a singing career. He was the first DJ to play my demos before I had a record deal. He believed in me before anyone else did. I owe him a lot. May he Rest in Peace.”
Kamins was also close with Marc Campbell of Dangerous Minds, who has posted a lovely remembrance:
Mark was a friend of mine and fan of Dangerous Minds. He often sent me links to articles and videos he thought would be of interest to DM.
Mark had a generous spirit. He was always supportive of my music and writing. He went out of his way to send me positive vibes and information he thought might be valuable in whatever project I might be working on. To say he is a loss, is an understatement. Mark was a force of nature that swept you up and carried you along on waves of upbeat energy, propelling you in the direction of your better self.
Below, Kamins talks about the scene at Andy Warhol’s Danceteria and the swirl of attention, and genesis of, the Material Girl: