So the promoter is also a DJ at the venue and books himself for the main Saturday night gig every week. Since Ive come on board, my style and popularity with the public have been taking some numbers away from his part of the venue and I think he feels threatened so he is lashing out at me. The public, bar managers and owners have all praised me over the last 3 months on how much they like what I'm doing with their venue by keeping a strong dance floor and a packed bar.
Sooo 1st the promoter came into the booth when we had a packed dance floor, packed bar and middle of the night, aggressively told me he had listened to the last 4 songs I played and he couldn't name them so it wasn't mainstream enough (did I mention the packed floor and bar?). He told me to play more cheesy and commercial music. I said ok, he left, I played what he asked. The dance floor and bar cleared out almost instantly and half the crowd left.
So I sent this guy a text to say the switch up didnt work very well and we lost half the bar.
Next thing I know, he runs up into the booth and begins screaming in my face, mid mix, in front of the remaining dance floor. He was yelling at me that I wasn't playing enough cheesy commercial music and I try to be too different and thats why I lost the crowd. It was really embarrassing and I was so angry after it.
So naturally after getting abused during a set by the promoter, I packed up and left.
Im not sure if I should follow this up with the owner of the venue that he reports to or not, because obviously if I go over his head he wont book me for any more gigs. However im pretty sure he isnt going to book me anymore anyway..
What I am half thinking is to not play there for a while and let it start to slip back to how it was before I came on board (early close, no dance floor) and wait for an apology or a call from an owner to get me to come back.
How do you handle a sh*t promoter/booker?