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[Nov. 9th, 2004|09:50 am]
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That sucked.
So, I came up with this idea over a month ago, and brought it to die_puny_human. I mixed a demo for him, and he was pretty enthusiastic about it, offered me a night. I thought that was great, and I wanted to have m_saint help, since he's consistantly impressed me and deserved play time. I made up a sample flier from scratch and gave it to Dan for approval. He thought that was great as well, and gave me lots of good advice as to how to promote the night. The three of us talked about what time we'd go on, discussed playlists, got everything set.

So, I have a _ton_ of fliers printed up, I go out and buy some new music, and I spend the next month pretty much doing nothing on the weekends but promoting the night. A few weeks ago, I was at the club talking to Dan about it, and pulse_state happened to ask what time he was going on on the 8th. Okay, cool, Mike is a decent guy and he deserves a night since the one he was running got shut down so quickly, so I adjust my playlist for time, and the four of us work out a revised schedule. I'm happy with my new slot, and I'm happy to have even more variety to the night. I practically booked it out of the KMFDM concert (which I probably would have wanted to leave otherwise, so it's not a big deal) to stand there like a goon and shove fliers at people, despite my feelings that doing so is cheap and commercialistic.

I asked just about everyone I knew to come, and quite a few did, out of the goodness of their hearts. People who aren't even in to Industrial music, people like my brother-in-law. People who had to work at 7AM the next morning. People from an hour away. I show up 45 minutes early in order to get plenty of time to work out the schedule, and there's _another_ DJ there. Okay again I guess, not much to do about it now. I cut down my playlist some more, and get ready. The new new guy goes first, does about a half an hour, then I'm told I'm to go on next. I had heard something about 12PM-1AM, but okay, I'm not going to get picky.

I start up, knowing a lot of the people who were coming to hear me hadn't shown up yet, and get about 5-6 songs in. Dan tells me that the new new guy has to leave soon, so he needs to get back on. I stop my set, go dance to de-stress and just because it's a really good track. I went out and hung out with the people who had now started to show up, thanking them all for coming, getting them drinks, &c. I go back once the new new guy is winding down, and try to figure out when I'm supposed to finish up, now that people are there. I'm told that m_saint is going on next, so I chill out. Mark's an extremely accomplished DJ and there's no way I'm going to step on his toes. He does about an hour to an hour and a half of his all-Zoth Ommog set, which 0wned.

Unfortunately, I was one of few people who thought so. There were tons of complaints once people started showing up around 11, and it was already past midnight. Mike went back on after Mark, and I sat and listened while going through my vinyl. I talked to Mike about finishing my set, and he wanted me to check with Dan first. I couldn't find him anywhere, so I figured I'd hang out until 1:30 when Mike was done. At least I'd be able to get some more time in, so I was OK with that. Finally, Dan came back. He explained that he had basically just gotten chewed out by his boss about the wonky playlist, and that he had to finish up the night. Now I can understand not wanting to lose a residency, but that's when it stopped being OK any more.

I was triple booked, had my set moved around four times, and then cut off in the middle of it and stuck in limbo, waiting to finish, only to find out I wouldn't be able to. I packed up and left post-haste after thanking the people who came out of their way to see me. I was pissed, but I'm not going to stay that way. I spent hours on the flier, $85 to have it printed, $70 in new music, $50 on tickets for a concert, spent more hours making two custom mixes, and who knows how much on going out three times a week for the past month, all just to promote me playing six songs when about 15 people were there.

Anyway, thanks again to everybody who came out, and I'm sorry I didn't get to play for you, especially to soliceseven for not being able to play the new demo. I hope to do it again some time, but I'm not going to put much faith in it again. It was just a little too irritating to be marginalized by people who weren't even on the bill and then wiped completely for songs I didn't play, even after the work and dedication I put in to it.
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[User Picture]From: gingersnapp
2004-11-09 03:52 pm (UTC)
That really sucks. What the hell is with club owners here? I will never get it.

Kudos to you for getting motivated and trying to make it happen. You definitely deserved better results.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2004-11-09 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I appreciate it. I don't get it either, but I guess it was just circumstance after circumstance. Oh, and I was originally going to play your mashup, but once I cut down my set, P decided to just play it at her night on the 22nd.
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[User Picture]From: gingersnapp
2004-11-09 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hey sweet. I can see how it's not really industrial-friendly, so it's cool that you even considered it.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2004-11-09 04:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, Professional Distortion could easily work in a goth/indsutrial set, given the right context. Hey, they play Sneaker Pimps and Bjork at LCC all the time, right? Besides, it's funny as hell, and goth kids could use a little levity sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: recovry
2004-11-09 08:12 pm (UTC)
Still trying to finalize the show with Chiasm at the Lab (Haf-Life is now on the bill as well).

Once I have a date, I will let you know. I want to hear "isn't it nice to have (thorns)" that you were talking about last night. ;)
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2004-11-09 08:34 pm (UTC)
Excellent, any time you're ready.

I think I want to call it Wumpscut - Thorns (The World's Biggest Prick mix).
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[User Picture]From: soliceseven
2004-11-10 02:58 am (UTC)
sorry man i felt bad for ya. Thanks for supporting us. electrophile loves you.
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[User Picture]From: shawboy
2004-11-10 05:16 am (UTC)
That really sucks man! I'm sorry!
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[User Picture]From: witchchild
2004-11-10 11:57 am (UTC)
Dude, hella lame!
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[User Picture]From: m_saint
2004-11-10 02:48 pm (UTC)
yeah sorry about how things turned out for you Monday night. It was kinda of a scheduling clusterfuck for sure. I wasn't to happy about having my set time pushed back either. I would have gladly cut my set time short (and probablly should have if people were complaining)
in order to provide others with more time. Agreed that other 'un-announced DJ' - as much as he's a good friend and played some decent stuff -was a COMPLETE surprise and should have waited for some other time in the coming weeks if he wanted to spin.

Also you and Mike should have tag-teamed it that last set - giving you both some equal time behind the decks. Just a thought, I know it's tough and that it was not the original plan, plus mgt making a statement.

I enjoyed the music you played in your set. GREAT to hear some things that normally don't get played yet should. Please don't think that because you got cut was due to your mixing skills/song selection. I just think there was some other factors that came into play... it happens and next time it won't hopefully.

My first set at Infest got cut by like 15 minutes down to 45 minutes if that makes ya feel any better (probally not, but I try)

Hopefully you'll be back behind the decks for a full hour (no bumps) in the future if you're up for spinning one of the Mechanikal events...

be well
-Marc
(DJ S@iN+)



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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2004-11-10 03:06 pm (UTC)
I would have tagteamed with Mike had he not had not been on such a roll, and he didn't seem to open to the idea. By the time I was about to ask him, Dan came back and told me about management.

I know all about scheduling fandangos, having been subject to them time and time again over the years of DJing with all kinds of people. Never, though, have I been stopped in the middle of a set and then told I couldn't continue. You should have seen the ruckus when gingersnapp and I went back to back at Lab one night. That was frickin' hilarious. In the end, though, it was fun and I left satisfied (and well paid, imagine that at Lab!)

Definitely I'll be back, I'm not going to let this make me give up the ghost. If I know I'll be able to work, I'm all about coming back again and again. I want to get back in to it, especially since I've pretty much been there all the time anyway. Let's just stick to the plan next time!
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2004-11-10 03:10 pm (UTC)
Err.. The top paragraph should read:
"I would have tagteamed with Mike had he not been on such a roll, and he didn't seem too open to the idea. By the time I was about to ask him, Dan came back and told me about management's decision".
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[User Picture]From: velvetmuse
2004-12-07 05:43 am (UTC)

Wow Dude, that sucks.

I'm sorry to hear that it went that way. It sounds like it was a totally crazy night! It sucks that you went through all that BS to come up with a good line-up of music to play, and actually promoting the event, and had it turn out that way. You'll have to let me know when you've got another opportunity to spin somewhere else so I can come check your style out. Well, okay....when I have a car again, that is. LOL. But it would be really cool to happen in on, so keep me updated. :)
~N
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2004-12-07 02:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Wow Dude, that sucks.

I was just up there last night, and one of the management actually approached me and asked that I spin again, so you might get the chance sooner than later! If you don't have a working car (BTW, I might be able to look at it for you, what exactly is wrong with it again?), I'd be happy to give you a ride.
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