||[Nov. 9th, 2004|09:50 am]
The Veritable TechNinja
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.