As I sit in Beckie's office here in Bremen, so tired from staying up all Saturday night after the gig to make it to Stanstead and so relaxed with a change of scenery, it's hard to get in the mood for that of which I am about to rant.
Fridays gig was wild and a "chandelier swinging" experience. One or two of the wedding party blokes got a bit too drunk and nearly sent my entire lighting rig crashing to the floor, all about £1,000 worth of it. But that, as crap as this is, (and boy is it!) is just a part of the job.
No. Saturday's gig is what pissed me off. I'm not going to go into the technical workings of a a noise limiter here, as I've already covered it in another blog post. Suffice to say this one at the Brighton Hotel (Best Western) remains the most severe one I've ever dealt with. It's so hard to put on a show when you the punters are asking if you supply hearing aids help them to determin where the sound is coming from. I'm seriously considering starting a page of "venues to avoid like the plague" mainly to warn you poor happless clients before you commit to booking with such places. As I said before it's not usually the venue's fault that neighbours have moved in next door and ruined every future party until eternity; but that doesn't stop it from ruining your event now does it? If I got all the other deejays I know to help me compile a list of venues with these "evil", "party pooping" devices in then we might actually be able to be like here in Germany where no one seems to have heard about such attrocious aparatus....
It's up to you folks out there. Email me and let me know if you think this would be valuable service...OR when booking, ask the venue if they have one.