Imagine turning up at a gig and being faced with the above scene. That’s exactly what happened to our good friend DJ Rasp, who pushed this image out through the usual social media channels today. And it seemed like the perfect picture to illustrate a story I’ve meant to write for the longest time — what is biggest DJ disaster you’ve had to deal with when playing out, and importantly what did you do to recover from it?
As well as being a subject full of potential horror stories and equally hilarious anecdotes, this has the potential to be an incredibly useful resource to help DJs get themselves out of those sticky situations. Personally I’ve been very lucky and only ever had to connect my gear up to house installs via some pretty interesting cable and adaptor combinations. And due to a lack of a solid surface, my last ever house party was carried out on an ironing board, which was challenging to say the least.
So what has been your worst DJ disaster? Was it technology or people who sent it all horribly wrong? Booth in bits? How did you make it right? Were you able to fix it at all? And what did you learn from it that made you a better and more prepared DJ?