I was 15 years old and helping out in a night club, working
the lights and stuff and about 10 mins before the doors
opened the DJ said "I've just remembered, I've forgotten
something, I'll be back in a bit" and dashed out of
the club. I never quite understood the logic of the statement
but realized I would be holding the fort until he got back,
my bedroom DJ skills would be tested to the limit. I was
set to do the first half hour or so, in a club full of people
several years older than me, great. As the evening wore
on and the venue filled out, it occurred to me the DJ was
taking a lot longer than he had implied with phrase “a
bit”. I realized I would have to go from warm up routine
into dance DJ mode. A few requests came in and I thought,
sod it lets do some floor fillers, by now there was about
300 people in the club and the dance floor was filling up
nicely. I could not believe it, I was still at school and
I was packing the dance floor of a proper grown up nightclub.
I really got into it, dancing and signing along to the music
I thought I was a superstar. For some reason I had kept
the headphones on, maybe with the lack of stage monitors
the headphones made the music sound so much better or I
just thought it made me look more the part.
I was laying down all the most popular dance tunes because
they were the only tracks I knew. On the dance floor things
were warming up it was starting to get packed, I was loving
it. I span round to check the records behind me; and unfortunately
the headphone cable wrapped itself around me. Not bothered
I quickly turned back to the deck to adjust a setting and
continued with the records for about two minutes. I was
dancing like a crazed catfish and singing quite loudly with
my back to the crowd. I again spun round, john Travolta
style to look at my audience.
Oops! Several hundred people were standing stone still
looking at me (just like that bit in back to the future).
I pealed the headphones off to hear the sound of silence
followed by a crescendo of laughter. I had somehow turned
off the output to the club and I was the only one hearing
the music. What was even more embarrassing was I was now
completely tangled in the headphone cable and I had to unwind
myself before I could try to work out what I had done to
All Djs will make mistakes when they are starting out.
Its up to you if you want to let someone learning the trade
take a chance on your special occasion. Or you can be sure
of success and book DJ Jim for your next party. For a Reliable
and professional disco service call Cathy on.