Even Superstar DJs Have Laptop Trouble

Zedd has to wing it after set is borked      11/03/13

 

 

I've been following Zedd, the new wünderkind producer ever since I heard the track Spectrum and its brilliant hi energy production. Turns out Zedd is also a pretty highly trained classical pianist with a strong musical background. He also DJs - although this weekend things went a bit awry at Friday night's gig in New Orleans at The Buku Project.

Picture this, 3 minutes before you are due to go on to a packed house, the laptop which holds your DJ bonks and there's nothing there...

Got to be a pretty terrifying prospect right? Reminds me of a recurring dream I have where I'm on stage in a massive stadium  after having agreed to help out, suddenly finding myself in front of a load of keyboards - with a 1,2,3 4 count and being completely clueless about the song, the key, and of course lacking in any ability to play to any sort of standard...

To his credit Zedd pulled the set together by borrowing couple of friendly DJs laptops and doing the show mixing between them running iTunes. Apparently the results were a happy crowd.

I hope that now Mr Z will be taking a full redundent backup on the road with him - and the moral of the story is?

Do I need to spell it out?

BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!

So whats your worst pre-gig nightmare?

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Dastardly    Said...

I've had that dream. I'm on stage with a band at a festival (always a festival for some reason), drummer counts in and I have no idea what song is coming next.

In real life, I've had it all: drink knocked over midi-thru hub with intro playing, controller keys going down three bars into song, plus entire rig not coming off the carousel three hours before gig (a festival, weirdly).

But most memorably: watching helplessly as my guitar falls backwards in slow-motion, smashing two machine heads.

The show, however, has always gone on.

11-Mar-13 07:15 AM


Mikelop    Said...

The sad reality of a push button , pre-recorded electronic live setup. You might as well put in a CD and go wait in the back.

12-Mar-13 01:40 PM


JAO    Said...

agree with Mikelop...

isn't it a daunting thought that a DJ might actually have to do some real work while performing live...vinyl kind of required the DJ to do something...more than press that button.

16-Mar-13 07:01 PM


JAO    Said...

agree with Mikelop...

isn't it a daunting thought that a DJ might actually have to do some real work while performing live...vinyl kind of required the DJ to do something...more than press that button.

16-Mar-13 07:01 PM


DJ Terrified    Said...

I'm a DJ myself and been haunted by the same reaccuring dream for years.

I'm DJing at random venue either nightclub, highschool, dance, etc. location isn't very specific but either a school setting or nightclub setting. I can't hear the music or recognize what song is playing but I do know that I'm actually DJ (mixing) I can't see my self doing the actual mixing. While playing music after an unknown amount of time, the crowd stops dancing and then just disappears like if they stopped dancing or got bored. I'm unsure how to determine this dream and trying my best not to read into it.

I have a gig every weekend and play out, I seem to do a better than decent job everytime that I play out. Any ideas as to what this dream means?

29-Apr-13 09:20 AM


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