djs at shows. WHY?!?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by shaboda, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. shaboda

    shaboda Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2002
    anyone have to deal w/ a demanding DJ at a show?

    i almost ruined a perfectly good g&l on this guys head tonight
  2. deathsdj


    Sep 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    Details! What did he demand? Was he playing all the originals of the covers that you play before you took the stage? I always ask the band for a set list to avoid doing that.

    I have been a club DJ for 24 years now. I work in strip clubs so we don't normally have bands but we do have a couple big outdoor parties every year and we have bands for those, in addition to a lot of other events and entertainment. It is my job as DJ to keep everybody on schedule and make sure the show is as good as it can be. If the band is not doing what we are paying them for when we agreed they would do it then they probably feel about me as you do the DJ you dealt with.

    You know, two sides and everything. So yeah lay some details on us because even though I'm a DJ, I hate when a DJ is an unreasonable egomaniac dill hole. :smug:
  3. Dave Curran

    Dave Curran Lilduke

    Jul 27, 2013
  4. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    What's a G&L? Do you mean "G&T" Gin and Tonic?
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  6. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Seriously? Don't you realize that he was referring to his G & L bass?

  7. I also want details. How can we hate this guy w/o solid reasons?
  8. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    yup...I've dealt w/ d-bag d-jays. They have their place for sure, and no disrespect, but d-jays are not musicians, nor are they 'performers' and should not act as such or be treated as such.
  9. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI

    *blink blink*
  10. sparkyfender2


    Nov 25, 2013
    I have seen DJs who seem to be in "competition" with the band they are sharing a club date with.

    Things like volume disparity, left handed compliments, cutting into the band's stage time, etc.

    And I am sure DJs have some band complaints.

    Can we have a few more specifics? THANKS!
  11. deathsdj


    Sep 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    In my opinion a good DJ will barely be noticed. If you are drawing attention to yourself it is probably because you are messing up.

    I consider myself more an organizer than anything else. What I do is a lot like herding cats. :eyebrow:

    I do think an abnormal number of DJ's think they are the show and act like jerks. Seen it a lot.

    There are jackasses in all lines of work. Bands too. Best not to be one right?
  12. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Why DJs at shows? Because most people want to hear their favourite songs exactly as they are used to hearing them (they want to hear the record) and a band is no longer the main attraction at most bars. Chances are the DJ is higher up the totem pole than you are where the club is concerned so don't count on him being the one to get the "night off". From the club's/bar's perspective you are likely there to play during the DJ's break.
  13. deathsdj


    Sep 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    You are absolutely right. That DJ is an ass. I would have played all over his stupid "set".

    That is the egomaniac thing I mentioned earlier.
  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    I cannot comment on this thread without losing my talkbass membership.
  15. gustobassman

    gustobassman Mime is money Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    Schroeder Cabinets, D'addario, Planet Waves
    This reminds me of a DJ one of my past bands worked with.. He did some things in a few songs of our set and it was a bonus having him to fill time so we didn't have to hire a 3rd band. Saved us some cash.

    HOWEVER, this guy.... :scowl: was a total dirtbag like the one you are describing. He DID spend the majority of the set watching porn, saying lewd and rude stuff over the mic, and at some points even turning his laptop to face the crowd with some very graphic porn going on. Needless to say it made a few girls in front uncomfortable on more than one occasion. Yes, this would happen during our set.

    The kicker was when he thought it was "cool" to drop his pants during rehearsal and think it was "funny" to play songs "in the wind" so to speak. After that i demanded he's out or i'm out. He got the boot.

    I completely understand your point about the G&L. I was very close to doing the same with a Fender.
  16. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    The Bitstrips will show him!!
  17. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Well, I have met d***head DJs before but that's the first double-d***head DJ I've ever seen... :help:
  18. :meh: just don't get why some guys behave like that. As
    pros your there to entertain the crowd,keep your crapola to yourself!
    Sorry to say I would probably come unglued at this dbag!
    and pullout a can of wupass!

    Whats the best bass for a dj beatdown? anyone?

    ya,I've been known to short circuit on occasion
  19. Humbled

    Humbled Supporting Member

    Easy for me to say, but change your genre, and you you won't be playing venues where musical tastes would tolerate a DJ.

    ...Yeah, I know, it's too simple of an answer.
  20. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
  21. Yeah, I vote slap the twerp