It’s been a hot minute since my last internet ruck (is there an actual name for these? It’s separate from Trolling really as it’s a continuous argument…what about ARGU-NETS?) Anyway, we digress, already! So, as per my usual drill, I can’t punch these people in the face, so I write about it.
At the weekend we held a DJ Competition to find a new resident DJ for Kinky Malinki. We had received plenty of entries and we whittled it down to seven DJs. Each DJ had answered a few questions to get a bit of an idea of their character too, as we were interested in taking on a DJ that was fun and professional to work with, especially if we’ll be working with them for a minimum of twelve months.
Each DJ had fifteen minutes to do their thing. Admittedly not a lot of time, but the idea was to create a live club environment, which we did in the new Glass Room in Pacha. The thought process was that if they handled themselves well under that pressure, then they’ll do well, full stop. Paul Kinky, myself and a randomly selected person (who was called Jade) from the KM FB group, were judges.
We had our score sheets, we had a klaxon, we had a countdown clock, we had one of our residents, Billnick, to add up the scores, as he’s an accountant by day. Paul Kinky hiked up his jeans Simon Cowell style, I took a large gulp of water, as I actually felt a bit nervous for these guys, then Billnick let off the klaxon to signal the start of Kinky Malinki’s Search For A DJ Factor’s Got Talent 2013.
First things first Paul would not let me score people for their fist pumping and heart shape making ability. I was obviously a bit peeved at this, but we settle on scoring them on Tune Selection, Mixing Skills and Crowd Reaction. I won’t go into a blow by blow account, but there were solid efforts from every entrant. A variety of different angles were taken, on both musical style and the way in which they’d tackle the fifteen minutes. One entrant went for three tunes, perfectly mixed with an accapella thrown in for good measure. Another came at it in an DJ EZ style and bashed through a myriad of tracks in his allocated time. Everyone had their go and it was time for Billnick to quickly round up the scores. We had a bottle of champagne ready for the victor. A young guy called Dom Decyfa won. Definitely a worthy winner, but it’s worth noting there was only about ten or so points between the first and last placed DJs, so everyone could hold their head high……for now.
Get up Monday for the day job and do the whole ‘scan every social network for any tasty morsels’ and I see one of the entrants having a whinge off about the winner, alluding to the fact that he shouldn’t have entered the competition because he already had DJ sets elsewhere. Let’s get this straight. We never said you couldn’t have gigs. Whether you’d played with yourself (in all senses of the word) or played regularly, we didn’t care. Anyway here’s his first comment.
I took that in and had a word with Paul Kinky about it. He was understandably annoyed, but Paul and I are chalk and cheese and he wouldn’t be likely to comment online, so I felt the urge (as I always bloody do) to comment back and make a bit of a stand against someone that I felt had not accepted defeat gallantly. I went back with this…..
It went back and forth most of the day as he was digging a deeper hole for himself. It appeared that he felt that he was owed a DJ career. He has had some tracks signed to Grant Nelson’s label, so he is already on to a start many new DJ/Producers would dream of. Hell, I’d love to have a track signed to Grant’s label and I even mention that in our messages. The bottom line is he didn’t win. Why was he not able to just take that on the chin like a man? Like the rest of the DJs. They may have felt a tad miffed at not winning and that’s totally understandable, but why take to social media to start venting if you have nothing to back it up but a big gob?
Maybe it’s fair for him to vent. Freedom of speech and all that jazz, but to continue to argue with me baffled me. Not because I feel I have a position of importance, but more because I know this DJ game is hard fucking work. I’ve tried to keep my head above water in the London scene for over fifteen years. There are several DJs I’ve seen maintain a similar level of commitment and experience in that time, people like Raymundo Rodriguez, DJ Blush or Mark Radford and they would all back me up that it’s messy, brutal and full of back stabbers around every corner. Big BOO HOO, life is tough, but it’s also what you make of it, and those three have taken their opportunities, even if they’ve had plenty of knocks too.
Why has Raymundo achieved what he has? Do you think it’s because he’s a massive wanker? No it isn’t. He gets things done right and with integrity. This Luke guy mentions arse kissing in his tirade, but there is a big difference between being a decent person and then rimming someone on the regular. Funnily enough you could always ACTUALLY be genuinely nice, feel free to try it, even I’m nice sometimes…..nah, seriously, I am.
Let me ask this question to anyone reading. Why do you think this guy has no gigs? Is it because other people are beating him to it? Or is it because he’s not applying himself in the right manner?
The conversation did descend into me telling him to basically dry his eyes and go and get a hug off someone. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll keep saying it: The journey of a good DJ is not an overnight one. A lot of people may think it’s much easier these days, which I tend to agree with. Maybe you can fast track to the upper echelons quicker, you still need to stay up there and if you’re a total prick, you’ll get found out and then you get yourself stuck in a lonely world of fake friends and travelling the world with a bottle of Grey Goose to help you wipe away your feelings.
The moral of this story? Have some integrity……and maybe try and not be a prick.
And if you’ve read this far and want to read a few more of his replies, see below:-