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6 Funny DJ Moments

We’ve been reaching out to our fellow DJs on social media to dig deep and share their most embarrassing or amusing tales from the DJ booth! Here are just 6 of the stories we’ve selected that are worthy of a retelling!

  • Starting with DJ Karl Hession:

“1999 I played in a local pub in Leeds, never forget I played Jonesstown -Sweet Thang. The landlady and all the locals bowed down in front of the booth and called me a DJ God. The locals at the time were all 40+!!”

Good skills!

  • Thanks to DJ Daniel J Stone for this lesson in checking your facts:

“I took a booking last thing from a DJ who fell ill, it was such short notice that I was getting directions when I was on my way in the van. I got there to see a lady in a tiara wandering around in track suit, hair done and make up on. The organiser introduces me – this is ……. the bride who was married in Cyprus few weeks ago. Now it’s clicking into place, I ask her if they had a nice time, getting along well, asked for anything special that they want and finally ask if the groom around. The response floored me. She told me that yes SHE’S over there in the other tiara and tracksuit. 🙈 They saw the funny side & I even referred to them as bride and groom all night as they requested!”

  • DJ Jason Phillips had somebody push a cake into his face whilst DJing. Obviously a Tiswas reunion gig!
  • An absolute gem from DJ Debbie Claridge:

“I’ve had someone from the dance floor hand me (still warm) a gel pad. Women put these in their bras to give the appearance they have something to fill the bra. They asked me to put an announcement out for whoever has lost it to go pick it up from the DJ. I didn’t. I can’t imagine any woman owning up to that!”

  • A case of Karma without the Chameleon for DJ Ian Thompsett:

“I had a particularly awkward & rude client, whatever I did wasn’t good enough. They were on their way toward me to have another moan about something when they tripped right in front of the DJ console in full view of everyone to rapturous applause! Knowing that everyone was laughing at them, they scuttled off to the back of the room & didn’t bother me again for the whole night!”

  • The size 12 feet award goes to DJ Shane Daley:

“A few years back I had a playlist, just a few songs on there. One of the songs was Madonna – Like A Prayer. During the night the bride came up and said could you play the Madonna track and say it’s for Fran. I said no problem, I got on the mic and shouted Fran down to the dance floor, making a big thing about Fran getting onto the dancefloor. At this point the bride told me it was in memory for her friend Fran who had recently passed away. I literally I could have dropped dead myself!”

OUCH!

Just a few classic clangers to keep you amused over a cuppa! Do you have a cringeworthy tale from the DJ booth that could rival this corker by Mastermix Producer Jules? Share your embarrassing anecdotes with us on our Facebook Page! Thanks to Jules for taking the time to gather and collate these gems!


Hands Free…

Mastermix Producer Jules Little shares his most cringeworthy DJ experience…

2002 or 2003, DJing in a packed, VERY well known venue on Broad Street, Birmingham’s “Golden Mile”. It’s Saturday night, the venue is at capacity (1300), one in, one out, party in full session. Now the downside of having a full night is that you don’t get the time to talk to your guests much when they ask for tunes, and not wanting them to feel ignored I hired a student to help me across the night, take requests, play music whilst I crossed to stage etc. His name was Nugget, total party guy, perfect! It is wise to point out for the purpose of this story that I wore a head mic as “get your hands-on the air” carries more sway when you have the ability to do it yourself!

This particular night the whole place was bouncing, I felt like the conductor of a large orchestra of people, magnificent.

Nugget approaches me. “Jules, can you read this?” as hands me a filled in request slip. I look at it, nothing apparent to me. I turn it upside down, still nothing. I flip it over, totally indecipherable.

“Who gave you this?” I asked him still struggling to comprehend the scrawl that emblazoned the paper before me.

“That lady over there!” says Nugget as he points to the lady waiting patiently at the bottom of the 3 steps that lead to the raised DJ booth.

As I don’t drink when I am working generally, I have always found it amusing when people ask me for records trying to sound sober when they are anything but. Writing when drunk however, that is just art! I approach the lady to ask her what it says.

I however had neglected to turn off my head mic….

Especially important as you know that to talk to somebody in a noisy environment requires you getting very close to each other, mouth to ear almost…

“Hiya!” I approached her cheerily. “I’m sorry I can’t read this. In fact, I would go as far as to say the in all of my years DJing, it’s probably the worst handwriting I’ve ever seen. You must be having a great time & downing a few!”

(Remember that head mic, still switched on…. And now, a breakdown in a track)

“In fact, I’d say REALLY DRUNK! (Remember that mic). What have you had?”

Then it happened. Mid track breakdown with microphone on & 1300 people within earshot of the powerful sound system.

“I’ve had a stroke!!!”

You know that moment when your stomach hits your feet? I do!

A huge gasp went throughout the venue, then a huge cheer! The lady then realised it was on the microphone too. She took it in good spirits, Jack Daniels from memory, I paid for her drinks all night!

True Story.

 We reached out to our fellow DJs on Facebook to ask them for their funniest and most embarrassing tales from the DJ booth… here are just a few!