March 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm #678289
1st post here and im gonna start with this ugh………..
I have never dj’ed live in a club but broadcast on a internet station. Any way, I go over to this other dj’s and she is known for getting a lil on the wild side when drunk. Not a problem i think ill just not drink to much!
Anyway the night goes on and im mixing the normal dance/club/trance stuff i do and drinking a lil too much as she keeps pouring the drinks. Now im using a laptop djdecks a firewire sound card, mixer and then it all goes back into the laptop via the line-in/mic socket……
Now things that happen when the mic is off should stay that way, but when the line-in cable comes out "somehow" (which means it goes back to using the laptops in-built mic) and 2 people are VERY drunk on a sofa not fully dressed and doing things that shouldnt happen while onair its not good.
Needless to say we got kicked off air….. but it was a full 12min before they could find the password to kick us off air. Caught out by over 300 people
I got banned from the station for a month, she stopped broadcasting! Some of the listeners still remember to this day……. i dontApril 30, 2010 at 7:59 am #679209
I once accidentally pressed the ’45’ button while the tracks were in perfect sync through the house speakers, the result was so bad that no amount of backspin could save the embarassmentJune 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm #680068
Not my mistake per se, but there have been enough houseparties that I’ve played at for 3-4 hours straight on account of all the other DJs being in a massive k-hole.
I try not to get *too* inebriated before I start a set.June 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm #680176
Yeah, I’m pretty much guilty of all of the above too. At least once a night too.
The worst, however, was when a friend and I were going head to head one night. It was snowing and we didn’t want to risk our records, so just brought our laptops and used iTunes for a giggle. Aside from the mates laptop constantly crashing (though thankfully with a count down so I could crack out something long to give him a chance to reboot) he kept playing really long songs, which were really frustrating for me, as I’d nowt to do until they finished. We’d been drinking (relatively heavily) so, as a form of revenge, I stuck on a Xiu Xiu live track, that was actually pretty heavy and dancey. Thing is, I’d forgotten that the quality wasn’t so good, especially when played on a proper rig.
Not to be outdone, he decided he was going to REALLY annoy me and played something from These New Puritans. It’s a cracking track, but it’s like an 8 minute long Trip-Hop affair, that ends with vast clouds of sound effects and choirs. Determined not to be out done, I stuck on this cracking track by a guy called Sonic Area. The best way I can think of describing it is Industrial Dubstep. That shit is HEAVY!
Alas, unbeknownst to us, the owners girlfriend wandered in during the Xiu Xiu track, and he followed right at the very end of the These New Puritans track, just in time to hear the bizarre choirs and me mixing in this Industrial track. He came over and gave us a very stern warning about how short our DJ careers would be if we drove off all the customers in his bar. It was just bad timing really. The night had gone really well up until that, we just got a bit carried away and he and the misses happened to walk in at EXACTLY the wrong moment.
Also, I’ve been DJing when the singer from the Sultans Of Ping FC arrived (he’s a friend of the guy who owns the bar). I started playing a bit of Punk and 90’s Indie stuff to win him over, but he was having none of it. For some odd reason (I’m blaming alcohol) my friend managed to convince me that playing Where’s Me jumper? would be a good way to endear him to me.
He left before the end of the song.July 4, 2010 at 8:33 am #680760
At my first ever gig, I had everyone dancing around to my second last track, and was feeling good. Cued up the next track in my headphones, then looked down to see the crossfader only 3/4’s of the way across! Classic rookie error.
but i talked to my friends after, and apparently no one noticed, thank god.July 30, 2010 at 12:10 am #681499
personally….sometimes beerand mixing dont mix…. well, too much beer…. cause then i have my channels all mixed up and i end up cueing thru the master out….. u know that can get messySeptember 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm #682643
ok. overdid the refreshments…..did some linefaderaction in a really good blending…..then pulled the master (pioneer 500) out…..panic….called for the club owner ….."wheres the music?"
i was spinnin for already 5 years at that time.
never felt THAT unprofessional before…..October 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm #682883
i’ve been dj’ing on traktor and the laptop has froze and gone to a blue screen of death while making a loud buzzing noise which was quite embarrasing as you have to restart the computer! i’ve also knocked a pint over the laptop whilst dj’ing which isn’t advisable lol (laptop was ok though amazingly!)October 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm #682945
Once i looped the intro of Lady Gagas Pokerface. I mixed it in perfectly, took a pause in the bar. Just to realize that i forgot getting out of loop mode. For around a minute the intro was played, before i noticed..October 30, 2010 at 3:16 am #683192
1. In the middle of a perfectly beatmatched 1:30 mix, I go to grab the next tune from my CD case, and my friend leans over and pulls the pitch on one of the decks waaaayyy down. Cue a complete trainwreck of a mix, even worse cause I couldn’t figure out what the hell had happened.
2. Had a house party cranking at about 11, and went to grab another track. Unfortunately, my powerboard has a very large, very easily pushed off button, so when my foot kicked it, I took down the whole system! Music, lights, everything. When I got everything back up, I muttered something about a scratched CD into the microphone, then continued as usualNovember 25, 2010 at 9:33 pm #683834
The worst one I’ve done is take out the CD that’s playing. I’ve never run out and not noticed the track was ending (touch wood) but I’ve come close.November 26, 2010 at 5:06 am #683844
[quote quote="Dropp":zsetd7z0]1. In the middle of a perfectly beatmatched 1:30 mix, I go to grab the next tune from my CD case, and my friend leans over and pulls the pitch on one of the decks waaaayyy down. Cue a complete trainwreck of a mix, even worse cause I couldn’t figure out what the hell had happened.[/quote:zsetd7z0]
I used to do that to my mate all the time when he wasn’t looking… fortunately never while he was live on air, broadcasting from a club… on a real (not internet) commercial radio station!!December 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm #684006
I’ve fortunately only done the usual mistakes… stopping the wrong deck, pitching the wrong deck etc…
The biggest one i’ve done was looping the wrong deck and didn’t notice it for about one minuteDecember 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm #684011
My least favorite mistake is when when your building up the song with delay or filters and drop it too early or too late!April 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm #686945
for some reason on my laptop a key got mapped to pause/play in trakot, i hit it while searching and boom, music stops…… FUCKJuly 25, 2011 at 4:33 am #688210
Everybody makes mistakes so don’t be too hard on yourselves!
My worst was going to complete silence after hitting the cue button on a a CDJ-1000 while jumping around like a madman behind the decks haha…
At that point though, somebody rushed the booth and started yelling rewind (thank god for that punter) so that helped to relieve the awkwardness of the moment but i was def pretty shooken up having to restart the track from the intro… super embarassing!November 1, 2011 at 5:36 am #689720
Dang, Chunkyeatsmydinner, you’re so experienced!June 21, 2012 at 9:34 am #693354
using the crossfader for quick cuts and forgetting to re-center it hahaahaNovember 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm #695864
I’ve done a lot of the things i’ve read here. but mostly it has to do with stopping the wrong track while performing.December 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm #696180
Mine is not paying attention,…. and the song finishes… but I play it off by adding atmospheric sounds after, like it was an intentional break to transition into a nice chill song, ……which then I play a chill song……… but in reality I just f&#@ed up.April 14, 2013 at 6:09 am #698072
I’m actually full terrified of DJing so reading these mistakes is endearing and nightmare-inducing all at the same time lol!September 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm #700273
Syncing acapellas to another song with an offset of 1 or 2 bars.
Also going into the red on their mixer because they want to sound louder. NEVER do this.March 1, 2014 at 9:21 am #702117
When I first started "DJing," I would have Ableton Live and match the beats together without EQing, and then crossfade between tracks. Sometimes it worked out okay, other times it sounded God awful because I wasn’t paying attention to the basslines and the keys of the songs. I have since switched to Traktor. My second biggest mistake was probably this one time where I pressed the first cue button on the track I was mixing in accidentally, and it started the track over. And this was on air on my radio show (at least it was not in front of a visible crowd). It was one of those silly mistakes, by then I actually knew what I was doing.March 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm #702138
My low was fully down and i didn’t know it for a minuteMay 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm #702563
My biggest Dj Mistake started earlier on in the day when i got absolutely hammered on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot (duh who wouldn’t) ! I was due to do a regular spot in a bar and I actually can’t remeber my set lol.
All I can remember is my bro telling me that was the worst he ever heard me play, he had to take over I was that bad. Lol.
I’d love to say I never got hammered again before a gig but i’d be lying ahahaha. I blame the riders, but I was never that bad that I couldn’t remeber.
I’ve got countless DJ mistakes stories or crappy equipment stories or just plain hammered stories.
hands up if you’ve ever just finished your set, walked off stage and threw up over the crowd ?? Ahahaha yup guilty…
Those damn riders again!
Well I have been djing for close to 30 years so I guess I have an excuseAugust 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm #703182
back in the day = taking the needle off the wrong record / today = loading on the wrong deck on my laptop
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