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    Default Booked for the wrong warmup set?

    So donít get me wrong, Iím glad i got a gig, but Iím stressing and itís the night before and Iím just looking for some advice:

    Iíve never played warmup before, only solo acts but i know the rules. No songs headliners might play, etc.

    Hereís the quick story:

    Iím a prog house/trance/uplifting DJ and i sent a mix to a local club. They hired me and told me to buy X tix at reduced price and pocket the profits. Itís a dubstep night though and i donít know why they picked me to play off a prog house mix tape. The guy on right after me is liquid drum and bass and then itís dubstep...

    Secondly, they told me theyíd tell me set times last week and didnít. I emailed them today and they said they would get right back to me and didnít... i read on one of the later support DJís Facebook two hours ago the set times. They never told me when to show up or when my set was... and on top of that they have me down at 8-8:45 even tho tickets say 9:00 show and only their website says doors at 8...

    Sorry just had to get that out. Any thoughts/advice? Iím nervous and angry and feeling awkward too because Iím not in my place.

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    Have you ASKED THEM?!?
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    Of course... I'm not coming here to mindlessly complain about the venue or get yelled at. I'm trying to get advice/consolation because I'm new to this... this is supposed to be a place of learning and support. They didn't give much explanation because my contact doesn't do booking but he didn't have an issue with it. Just said I got a early slot because they have a bunch of people on the lineup

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    Then you can only go on what they’ve told you.

    It sounds like they’ve used you to sell tickets. This happens.

    How comfortable are you playing to a Dubstep crowd? The place is gonna be empty while you’re playing, so use the time to familiarise yourself with a club setup/environment.
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    Not very. I've got a small amount of future house/bass house stuff but its not as much my thing. I asked to just bring in a controller since that's what I know and they said sure. I've got like 15 friends coming for my set for sure and I know they like prog house which is what I wouldve played normally

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    You got played, buddy. This is a bullshit tactic that shitty promoters use to boost ticket sales (the other is "mix competitions" for warmup sets). They aren't interested in your DJ skills. The fact you're booked for before doors open is just so you stop complaining.

    This is shit makes the scene so much worse, it makes my blood boil.

    SOURCE: Run my own night and have seen this crap all over the place. As a note, we make sure we only ever have people playing that either get a cut of ticket sales, or are happy to be part of the group and work towards the success of the night. If a promoter feels you're good enough to play their night, they should compensate you, not force you to buy tickets up front for the 'privilege' of a 45 minute set.

    EDIT: I'd get over there, return the tickets and tell them to stick it.
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    They’ll also be rubbing their hands together at the bar when your mates start buying, when usually at that time, the place is empty.
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    Lol i would in principle wait for a better set but thereís not many clubs in this city and Iím a college student. My friends are looking forward to it even if itís just a short little set. And jokes on them most of the guys Iím bringing are 18-20 so they wonít make drink money off them lol. Itís a 18+ event

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    happydan has got it right, I've seen this many times myself as well & even have been in your exact posiition

    they are using you, but hey seems like you're ok w/ using them too, & that's ok

    do the gig, do your thing, don't cater to them too much (it would not really be worth it in the end even if you did) & make sure you & your friends have a good time

    show up on time, be professional, play your set & maybe there is a better offer for next time,
    if not no big deal, but at least you're not burning any bridges

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    Quote Originally Posted by dj andym View Post
    happydan has got it right, I've seen this many times myself as well & even have been in your exact posiition

    they are using you, but hey seems like you're ok w/ using them too, & that's ok

    do the gig, do your thing, don't cater to them too much (it would not really be worth it in the end even if you did) & make sure you & your friends have a good time

    show up on time, be professional, play your set & maybe there is a better offer for next time,
    if not no big deal, but at least you're not burning any bridges
    This'd be fine in principle, but they fleeced them for pre-sale tickets, effectively meaning @lmboyer04 has paid to play a set. It's bullshit and the only way it'll stop is if DJs start standing up to it. You'd never get a venue telling a photographer "you can take photos of our event, but only if you buy these tickets to sell to your friends. Don't worry! They're discounted..."

    People use the excuse of there being too many DJs on the market, but if someone is good enough to play your night, they should be good enough to pay. And if they aren't, that says something about the promoter's standards.
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