Dance Music Disaster Gigs: Part Two

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As anyone who spends enough time at gigs, festivals or clubs can attest to, things behind the decks and in the crowd don’t always go perfectly to plan. After all, when you’re dealing with loads of electronic equipment, boozed-up punters and dodgy venues, there’s a pretty big margin for error. With that in mind, last year we spoke to host of local and international DJs and producers to hear about the worst gig they’ve ever played – and thus, Dance music disaster gigs was born.

We hoped at the time of publishing that there may be a part two to the feature and sure enough, we’ve been hard at work bugging every artist we interview about their own disaster gig story. Some months later, after posing the question a few more times and digging through the ITM interview archives we’ve come up with a round two of disaster gig stories. This time, we’ve spoken to Carl Cox, Porter Robinson, The Magician, ShockOne, Illya and Sam la More and been given recaps of everything from shootings to misplaced feces.


Carl Cox

“I’m sure you heard about the shooting in Caracas, Venezuela. This was the second time I’d played in Venezuela; the first time had about 4,000 people, and they really enjoyed it. Two years later there’s seven and a half thousand people, they’d paid their money respectfully and really enjoyed themselves for the first 30 minutes of my set and then that happened. An hour later it’s up on YouTube, then the next day my phone is inundated with calls from family and friends who’d seen this thing. That’s when I knew we were in the 21st century.

It doesn’t get much lower than that. On the one side I’ve got all these thousands of people having a really wonderful time; spending their energy to feel good, look good and enjoy the moment. Then the next thing you hear people are getting shot and killed right in front of me. It’s supposed to be a good-time situation, and suddenly the whole thing goes upside down. For me that was a yin and a very serious yang. I think it’s really important to know what’s going on around you, and to be honest I did have a reservation about going on to play at this venue – not with the people themselves, but just with the security. And sure enough how I felt was what actually lacked at that venue. If that metal detectors and all the guys did their job, it would never have happened. Because they didn’t, it happened.

It could happen anywhere: there are plenty of shootings in Melbourne or Spain or England. But it doesn’t really happen at dance party events; perhaps never. Maybe a few bottles and knives here and there – it’s clubland, what can you do? But primarily people come to enjoy the music and the DJ.

I wasn’t sure if it was all directed at me. If it was, I’d be a bit of a bloody moving target! You can imagine the guy’s in there with a gun, he’s had a really bad day, thinks I’ve played one of the worst records in living history, and decides to shoot me. There’s no one else behind the turntables apart from me.

I can’t go there though and think I’ve got to live my life in a bubble – or even bullet-proof glass! I love this job. This has been my life for as long as I can remember. So I thought, ‘Do I carry on or do I stop?’ But the support from the people in the end got me to think long and deep and hard about carrying on. And I did. It’s something I enjoy, and if I do get shot in the process…well, there you go.”

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westsdogs

westsdogs said on the 24th Apr, 2012

These are so good!!! ITM please do another one!

cherry vanilla

cherry vanilla said on the 24th Apr, 2012

Taking getting spastic on a night out to a whole new level.....

Dr Ranga

Dr Ranga said on the 24th Apr, 2012

"Lawler%u2019s manager Joel Zimmerman"

BMoney

BMoney said on the 24th Apr, 2012

Deadmau5 is Lawler's manger?? LOLer.

brown820

brown820 said on the 24th Apr, 2012

Joel Zimmerman is a fairly well known agent at William Morris Endeavor talent agency, no he is not deadmau5 lol. Coincidence.

Ghost Of SANDSLASH

Ghost Of SANDSLASH said on the 24th Apr, 2012

Mother, She lied to me .. She wasn't a virgin.

Dubz

Dubz said on the 25th Apr, 2012

I played a gig in the uk in a club with wooden floors, this guy stated breakdancing and he was pretty good but all the jumping around near the decks meant the needles kept skipping which was pretty fucking annoying.

Worst gig I went to was home nye 2009/10. They closed the doors for no reason so the club was half full and josh wink played to about 5 people in the top room and was then stopped only about a quarter of the way into his set. Lame.

GoodLove

GoodLove said on the 25th Apr, 2012

Mr Oizo still rules - "Fuck, your eye!!!

gets me every time

angy

angy said on the 25th Apr, 2012

This is awesome! So good. Some serious stuff going down, but the Sam La More one is hilarious. Fancy that strumpet is banging Afrojack now! :P

cizza

cizza said on the 25th Apr, 2012

I was at one of the Karnivool shows and yea, the crowd reaction for ShockOne was certainly mixed. Going from Over Reactor to ShockOne to Karni was a strange one but it kind of works - having a DJ play some tunes whilst the roadies change the stage setup is a great idea.

SlicyDicer

SlicyDicer said on the 25th Apr, 2012

but it%u2019s not often you have someone in a gas mask spraying you in the face with some sting-y, painful, white solution.%u201D

Nah Porter, I'm pretty sure you know all about it

katiecunningham

katiecunningham said on the 26th Apr, 2012

Poo story is so good. Soooo good.

angy

angy said on the 26th Apr, 2012

^^I was there that night! remember standing outside, when people started rushing downstairs with this incredulous look on their faces...

mister a

mister a said on the 26th Apr, 2012

Lawler is a tool! that is all I have to add

mischa21

mischa21 said on the 27th Apr, 2012

I played a gig in the uk in a club with wooden floors, this guy stated breakdancing and he was pretty good but all the jumping around near the decks meant the needles kept skipping which was pretty fucking annoying.

Worst gig I went to was home nye 2009/10. They closed the doors for no reason so the club was half full and josh wink played to about 5 people in the top room and was then stopped only about a quarter of the way into his set. Lame.

CSB

SANDSHREW

SANDSHREW said on the 28th Apr, 2012

DEPRIVE ME OF MY EVERLASTING LIFE

hamishlardi

hamishlardi said on the 29th Apr, 2012

Imagine if that dude killed himself at sydney creamfields yesterday.

juanfyanezv

juanfyanezv said on the 29th Apr, 2012

insane! I have a friend who was there when the shooting went on. F*CKN CRAZY!

HungryHippo

HungryHippo said on the 2nd May, 2012

hahahah @angy i read that as faeces not FACES hahahahaha fitting dont you think

mrmarkrigby

mrmarkrigby said on the 3rd May, 2012

top read. Illya's terrace sets at Home were the bomb!

reevedeejay

reevedeejay said on the 17th Aug, 2012

hahahaha Sam La More you LEGEND!