DOOM alledgedly sends imposter to do his DJ set

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Between Daft Punk, SBTRKT and Deadmau5, a masked DJ is hardly an unfamiliar sight. After all, there’s a lot a trademark piece of headwear can do for the regularly stage-bound: grant anonymity, make a statement about directing attention to the music and often, they just look cool. But hip-hop innovator DOOM (formerly MF DOOM, always ALL CAPS) has found a new use for his trademark mask: providing cover for an imposter to handle DJ sets for him.

Pitchfork have reported that over the weekend, DOOM was booked to do a DJ set for as part of Livin’ DOOM, a party thrown in his honour by British DJ collective Livin’ Proof. But according to the promoters, London audiences weren’t treated to a DJ set from Daniel Dumile himself. Rather, they’ve accused DOOM of sending along an imposter to do the set for him. “To everyone who came down to our Livin’ DOOM event on Saturday and are questioning whether that was the real DOOM – we are in the same position as you,” a statement on Livin’ Proof’s Facebook began.

“We received news from DOOM’s management on the morning of the gig that DOOM wanted more money or he would not show up…At 9.30pm after we had open the doors, we were told by management that he would appear but would not DJ and was just going to sign autographs. We said this was unacceptable as we had agreed and paid for a DJ set… 10 minutes later we received a call saying that he would DJ… Or that’s what we were led to believe. As many of the people in the venue noticed, there is a very strong possibility the person that was finally sent down was not DOOM himself.” The statement, which you can read in full over here, came accompanied by a picture of the allegedly fake DOOM.

Chances are the promoters are right about not getting the real thing. As well as being notorious for cancelling dates, DOOM’s got a reputation for sending imposters to fill in for him – an infamy he discussed in a 2009 interview. “Here’s how I look at it, because the wording in there is kinda funny. ‘Impostor.’ Impostor would imply that the character. I liken it to this: I’m a director as well as a writer. I choose different characters, I choose their direction and where I want to put them,” he explained. “But I’ll tell you one thing, if you’re coming to a DOOM show, don’t expect to see me, expect to hear me or hear the music that I present.”

The imposter issue also arose during DOOM’s ill-fated tour alongside Mos Def last year. “They’ve been doing this. It’s all intentional,” Dumile’s manager told HipHopDX. “It’s engineered. What goes on…This whole thing, he likes that. This is the whole plan. He likes attention and he likes that confusion he causes with people.” DOOM’s cancelled on Australia before, but made it Down Under in the flesh (well, we think) earlier this year as part of the Rap City tour.