I've heard a few dj's who appear to hate music!
as a working dj i hate students ,coke head scallys,middle aged women asking for modern music ,a typical trait of most milf, i even hate pissed fit birds now,in a nut shell I hate most punters/ drunk people. Ive re edited razzys 'i hate hate' to 'i hate', makes me feel better.
'Swear I am evil when Ive had a few'
why hasn't anyone posted the Holmes picture yet?
We know when a mate buys it for you too.
awww must be so hard for DJ's.
Flirting with me is not going to get your request played faster than any other requests.
If the request is good, and it fits, I’ll probably play it.
Giving me a drunken wink is not going to make a difference.
Speak for yourself, pal.
I honestly wonder what some people think the point of DJing is.
shouldnt Djs play what they are asked for?
unless its like a famous dj who people go to hear what ever they play. but like in a local club or something they are there to entertain the audience?
or do i have the wrong idea?
like a Dj in a local pub playing hits to the punters shouldnt moan about it as they dont have to do it, they could do a job they liked instead.
Wasted women on their bridal shower who keeps screaming for Britney and George Michael for 90 mins straight even though I'm booked to play strictly hiphop.
Going from memory, I *think* he basically said in hindsight he was a bit of a dick, but I think the gist was that he'd gone to see Holmes play whilst back in Belfast and he'd taken some 'naughty stuff' during the club night and then he and his mates all agreed that Holmes wasn't playing stuff they expected to hear (or something like that), he'd then got up on stage as a dare and questioned Holmes about his set, then dropped his pants as a joke, so Holmes asked him to have a word then proceeded to throw a few hooks at him hence the picture...
I'm sure he said the bouncers then piled onstage and threw him AND Holmes out into the back lane for causing bother... which baffled Holmes so much that he then awkwardly rang his mate inside the club and offered them out for a fight... but I think the kid said he and his pals were more than up for it so Holmes awkwardly hailed a cab (which took a while to arrive) and they all just headed off in seperate directions!?!
Some of this may be not 100% right, he told me a few year back about it...
Harking back to that discussion about DJ's who won't tell you what they're playing... this is kind of the opposite... I'm happy to tell people what I'm playing - and once I even scribbled out a list of a few tracks one kid was after at the end of a set on the back of a beer mat he gave me... but a few month back some kid latched on to me and spent pretty much the entire set stood in front of the decks with his camera phone taking pics and asking the name of pretty much everything I spun (even the obvious ones so I'm guessing he was a total novice to this kind of thing)... even asking me to wait cueing some stuff up so he could read upside down what the track titles were...
He then pulled me later on outside to query where I bought stuff... I explained - ebay, shops, markets etc etc. and he went on to prices and stuff, noted the 'rough' market prices i was giving him into his phone list then said ''Actually, I doubt i'll buy any of these, cost too much... reckon I'll just mp3 them when i get home onto a blank CD, cheers mate...''
The line I always dread is 'can you play something dancy' which is often asked when said DJ is playing disco or dance music anyway - bizarre...also 'can you play some r&b' - a particular problem in London and the surrounds....I must say I'm always happy to not only tell people what tracks are but then chat a bit about the artist etc esp. early evening when no-one's dancing - a nice chance to talk about the music I love..
I like to play my records out loud when I get the chance.
I like to do that in a room full of people having a good time.
I'm pleased that people like music enough to either talk to me about what I'm playing or show an interest in what I might be able to play for them.
I am perfectly happy to compromise by playing the records which I like and which other people might also enjoy. If they're obviously not enjoying it, or leaving, I'll work my way to playing something else so they continue to enjoy themselves. I'm not there to deliberately make them have a disagreeable time. I am quite a generous person by nature.
That said if people start making my records jump on purpose or start being rude they'll flipping well get some. I'll file them under "A Mother" and no mistake.
Mostly things get along fine. Life's too short to be my own musical taliban.
Tracks & Grooves - Last Thursday of each month at MILK (formerly Afroba), Merchants Place, Reading. All-style vinyl throwdown.
I usually at this point and take it as my cue to play something like this:'can you play some r&b' .
I was Djing at a private house party a couple of months ago, to a bunch of really nice mod types... Where I got without doubt the most out of place request ever...
Whilst I was playing out 60's garage classics, proper rnb, and mod jazz I was asked if I had any Enrique Igassiarse (or whatever he's called).
I wasn't that drunk and did look into her eyes to see if there was any trace of irony, but apparently not.
I do seriously wonder what people are thinking when they ask for something so obviously very different to what people are getting down to at the time.
In ((( VISUAL ))) Stereo
More info here from a while back:
I got asked to play "something groovey" the other day when I dj-d at The Dolphin in Hackney. The whole night was a fucking nightmare "play some dance music" "play some rock" "play some soul" "play some reggae" - but I can kind of understand that 'cause it was just a random night for drunk people at kicking out time and no particular style was advertised. I got paid a ton to do it and so I tried to bring as much varied and obvious stuff as I could and to play what people asked for as long as I had it. Still got that person who always turns up and asks for something - and then keeps on asking it even though you've told her that you haven't got it. I wish she would fuck off.
On the other hand, when it's a night that has a specifically advertised sound it totally does my head in when people ask (make that demand) something completely different - go somewhere else you cunts.
Dale a tu cuerpo alegria macarena
That last post in particular makes me feel nervous ahead of playing out tonight in the student area of Manchester at a night advertised as playing 'eclectic party beats'. That's a pretty vague description if you ask me, so I don't know how well foreign psych, jazz and fuzzy rock will go down! There's always bonfires to go to if they hate it I suppose!
Destroy all the stereotypes
Back on the subject, I mostly play at the Tanners which is a pub, and Ive never really had any problems with the punters. I get asked for the odd thing, it's mostly stuff I don't own, and wouldn't want to. I just politely tell them it's not the type of stuff I play, and they are generally happy with that.
I was asked to plug some guys ipod onto the stereo so they could dance. I told them its a perfectly good idea to dance to "Sapo- been had" i´ve seen people do it. He insisted that this elektro track( i think) would really get his people dancing (they already where). He got behind the booth and looked for a cinch adapter to hook his Ipod on to. I told him there was no such thing. He insisted he had seen one some where under my record bag. I told him to get lost.
That's pretty rude - someone asked me if he could plug his ipod in once which I thought was damn annoying "Do you think I lugged two boxes of records round here just to stand here and watch your ipod dj for me?". Time to reach for the classic line once again I think "Stop bothering me, I don't knock the dick out of your mouth when you're working".
The problem with playing random requests is that:
a) often they don't match the current vibe
b) I uusally don't have requested record, and
c) I really don't want to