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    Just been asked to do a trial set at a big club about 15 miles away from where I live; normally, I'd catch public transport there and hang around until 6ish when the trains start running again, but unfortunately there's no (even slightly) direct public transport route between here and the venue.

    Now, I don't mind playing my first night there for free, but is it acceptable to ask that they cover my travel expenses, as I'm going to have to get a taxi there and back, which will likely come to about 40-50 total.

    Any opinions guys?

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    I think it's the least you can ask for if you gig there for free, just a personal opinion though, i don't have any experience with that...
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    It's not unreasonable, but someone who doesn't have to worry about "travel expenses" is much more likely to run favorably in the eyes of the promoters / owners for the evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volpe View Post
    I think it's the least you can ask for if you gig there for free, just a personal opinion though, i don't have any experience with that...
    Well it's a tricky one, because around here the going rate for a full night DJing is like 150 on a Friday / 200 on a Saturday, so asking for like 40 wouldn't be too bad; I'm not sure how it works if you're only doing 1-hour sets though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassline Brine View Post
    It's not unreasonable, but someone who doesn't have to worry about "travel expenses" is much more likely to run favorably in the eyes of the promoters / owners for the evening.
    Lol tell me about it... unfortunately car insurance for me would be 4000 a year, which is practically impossible for me to pay for atm

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellnegative View Post
    If its an audition, work on getting a ride bruv. Show that you are down for the cause.
    I'm gonna have to agree with this guy ^

    Now, if you get the gig and they ask you to come back.. DEFINITELY expect payment from that moment on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hellnegative View Post
    If its an audition, work on getting a ride bruv. Show that you are down for the cause.
    I'm gonna have to agree with this guy ^

    Now, if you get the gig and they ask you to come back.. DEFINITELY expect payment from that moment on.
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    Listen - it's quite likely that you are not being trialed, but that they have had a DJ drop out of that slot and decided you let you fill it for free - saving them some dough.

    So - if you ask 'em for 40 travelling expenses, they may well agree just to save themselves the hassle of arranging another DJ.

    BUT - it might come across as a little ameteur if you ask for travel costs......
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    Don't ask for travel costs the first day. Period. Don't do it. They'll find another DJ with a car... Whether he's better or worse, they'll more than likely move on.

    These are sacrifices we have to make sometimes.

    Now if I get a reg gig, it may be okay to ask for a bit more cause of travel costs, but more likely than not, they're looking for guys with reliable transportation. Then again I'm from the US, culture could be different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djmetalgear View Post
    Don't ask for travel costs the first day. Period.

    These are sacrifices we have to make sometimes.
    ^^That is the correct answer^^

    Asking for money before you have proved yourself is a big no no.
    Promoters I know always piss and moan when they are asked to cover expenses for first timers.

    Do a good set and when they ask you back, tell them about the costs and then ask for expenses.

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