30-Oct-2001 (Tue)

I should have mentioned, about the Pigface show, that we wouldn't have been able to put that together without the cooperation of the Red Melon folks: they have a monthly saturday here, and Dec 8 would have been their day. But they kindly agreed to give up their night for us so we could do this show instead. They had to re-schedule some djs they had already booked and everything, so that was very nice of them. (Pigface tickets are on sale now, by the way. And Sunshine Blind has been added to the bill, too.)

A funny thing happened on Saturday night, though I wasn't there to see it. Near the end of the evening, the OM promoters were sitting in the back talking, and (for the benefit of the DNA folks who were in the room) loudly said, "don't you just love this House music?" "Yes! And the fashions! The fashions are just fabulous!" So that's cool, that they have a sense of humor about it.

But in worse news, I had to take down one of our archived sets early, because one of our promoters really fucked up. Apparently the Red Square folks neglected to mention to one of the DJs they had brought in that we webcast everything here, despite this being a condition of our contract with them. When this DJ found out, his manager's first reaction was to have their lawyer send Red Square a "Cease and Desist" letter. This sucks all around, not only because I had to take one of the archived sets down, violating for the first time one of the cardinal rules of our operation here, but also because the DJ feels he got shafted, since he hadn't agreed to have his set webcast, and the promoters didn't tell him.

We're gonna have to be more of a pain in the ass to the promoters from now on, and demand that they get signatures from all the DJs before we let them spin. Not because we think the DJs might back out without a signature, but because without a signature we (apparently) can't trust that they're even aware of how things work here.

The problem is that the whole club business is just so damned flaky. Everybody seems to do everything in this business verbally, and half the time, you don't even get to talk directly to the person you're booking: you end up talking to his agent, or some guy who's friends with his agent, or something silly like that, and it's unclear what has been communicated when. Getting something signed and faxed back to you in any kind of reasonable amount of time is like pulling teeth with most performers. Often the first time you get to speak to the actual artist is when he walk in the door. I tell you, it's amazing any events happen at all...

Our big Halloween bash is tomorrow, don't miss it!

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