Hear the "infamous set" that got DJ Shadow kicked off the decks

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As we’ve seen on inthemix this year, DJs having their sets cut short is happening surprisingly often. However, it was the news of DJ Shadow’s recent run-in with Miami club Mansion that seems to be raising the most eyebrows. Shadow came to Miami on his ‘All Basses Covered’ DJ tour of the U.S., which ticked off shows in New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Boston and Detroit. At Mansion, his bass excursions didn’t go down so smoothly, though, with Shadow given a tap on the shoulder to cut his set short. “I’ve waited a long time to play here,” he told the dancefloor on the mic, “but they said this shit is too future.”

Shadow promised to share ‘The Infamous South Beach Set’ – and here it is below, via Beatport’s mix series. As the description reads: “From hardcore rap to footwork and juke and beyond, Shadow has combed the web to curate seamless and dexterous blends of the most progressive sounds bubbling up from the underground.”

After his unceremonious departure from the booth, Shadow took to Twitter to explain the situation in a series of Tweets: “I don’t care if I get kicked out of every rich kid club on the planet. I will never sacrifice my integrity as a DJ…ever. I appreciate everyone’s support. Obviously I should have never been booked there in the first place. Square peg in a round hole. Ironically it was drum and bass that broke the camel’s back (!). Note to self…play more drum and bass! Or maybe it was all the trap & juke that preceded it.”

Last week, Mansion Nightclub have issued an apology to DJ Shadow, writing: “We offer our most sincere apologies to DJ Shadow and his fans for his set being cut short at Mansion this past weekend. This error should not have happened and will not happen again, especially as we pride ourselves on creating an environment that cultivates and respects innovators such as DJ Shadow. We have learned a lot from this error and made changes within our organisation to ensure that Mansion’s vision, and the vision of our guests, will never be compromised again.”



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Sailax said on the 31st Dec, 2012

Yeah, I can dig this.


Mickeyspace said on the 4th Jan, 2013

DJ Shadow is one of my most respected and highly innovative DJ's around.... however.... maybe... just maybe... he could have done what most of us Dj's do is read the crowd and if what he was playing wasn't working then maybe alter the set plan somewhat?
It can be just as creative to be more spontaneous and reading the vibe....


MessyDJ said on the 4th Jan, 2013

Well according to earlier reports, the crowd on the dancefloor was digging the music...it was the VIP bottle service rich kids who didn't dig the tunes, and ultimately got there way cause they were spending big on their bar tab. Mansion is not a club I will be visiting anytime soon (or at all) if thats they crowd who call the shots.


SlicyDicer said on the 4th Jan, 2013

It's kinda turning into an us vs them scene.


patrickbateman said on the 4th Jan, 2013

it's pretty bad to be honest


BMoney said on the 5th Jan, 2013

@ Mickeyspace.... Really?? REALLY???! Your comment is nearly as bad as Shadow being kicked off.


baseade said on the 9th Jan, 2013

i agree with Mickey - although it is fookin shite that he was kicked off (respected dj and all that) he should have enough experience to be able to read a crowd and adjust accordingly if the stilettos werent moving. That said if the crowd are Avicci loving kaskade fans as they seem then it is 100% down to the promoter and his fault for the whole ball ache