DJ Dan Handled These “Entitled” Club Goers Like A Boss

Image via DJ Dan
Image via DJ Dan

In case you missed it over the weekend, DJ Dan, one of the most recognized names and faces in the history of the U.S. house music scene, was bugged, poked, and eventually swung at during his set at Red Maple last Friday in Baltimore. Now, we’ve covered some of the DJ incidents stemming from unruly VIP bottle service types, including the incident back in March of this year where the DJ was physically assaulted and had his gear destroyed. Dan, being the O.G. good vibe guy that he’s always been known for, took the situation in stride by hitting his Facebook the following day with an encouraging statement to support underground music and explaining his position and feelings in regards to the incident. He’s also issued the following official statement:

The place was packed with my hardcore followers and the vibe was amazing. A girl who obviously did not know anything about me (or the night) kept coming up to me asking for a request I did not have nor would I ever play. I politely told her that I did not have it but if I had a remix of it that I liked I would play it but I just don’t have it. She said ‘How can you not have that? You’re the dj, you should have that’.

Then at about 1:30 she came back up asking for it again with a guy next to her. I honestly didn’t even realize they were together and trusting that the place was packed with people that came to hear my set, I figured he was a fan and he would hear me out and help me get through to her. Especially since he could see that I was still mixing and could not carry on this conversation. I looked at him and said…can you please explain to her that the track she is asking for is just not my style or sound? Shockingly, he started lunging an at me and said something along the lines of, ‘Bro you need to stop being disrespectful to her and play the song…’ To which I responded that no, actually I don’t! Then he ran up into the dj booth and swung at me, fortunately he missed and barely got me. Right then my friend stepped in between the two of us until the security guards came to have them removed from the club. While this was happening, I shut the music off and pointed right at him and announced ‘This guy just tried to hit me because I wouldn’t play his girl’s mainstream request’. The crowd booed at him and then I made my announcement that was captured on video.”

Shouts to DJ Scotto for posting the video of DJ Dan’s response.Red Maple promoter Leonard Clarke also issued the following statement:

I think Dan’s description of the incident as he posted it on his FB page was generally accurate and fair. This was an unfortunate and regrettable incident perpetrated by an intoxicated individual whom, unlike the other 99% of those in attendance that night, was not there for DJ Dan or for house music.”

Ultimately, there’s a reason why dudes like Dan keep at it in this industry. His love of what he plays is absolutely undeniable. His music isn’t even really my particular thing and I’ve seen the dude throw down and had an absolute blast witnessing it. The thing is, vets like him (and new kids on the come up) should ALL be given the space and be encouraged to creatively express themselves. Acting out disrespectfully or even with aggression over a mainstream song request is definitely not the look and makes you come off so basic it hurts. If you don’t dig the music a given DJ is playing, cut the bullshit (and your losses) and go somewhere else. You know you have other options in whatever worldwide location you find yourself. It’s really that simple.

DJ Dan has a new album, Nothing But a Party, is out on May 12.

  • churby

    He should have said “shit” a couple more times.

  • parkerjayk

    I think his response in the video was pretty retarded. Who care’s what genre of music she was asking for? Who cares whether it’s mainstream or underground. The problem was that the girl and guy were pestering and assaulting a performer during his set.

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      I figured his point was “I spin a particular style of music – why would you ask for this if you know what I’m about?”

    • Phil Toole

      Does his response justify being attacked? At first, he simply told her he didn’t have it. It wasn’t till her douchecanoe boyfriend/whatever came up to him that he mentioned anything about genre. As a DJ (and I used to club DJ back in the day), you have every right to tell them that you don’t carry records/songs of a specific genre to prevent them from coming back repeatedly asking for the same style.

      • beyondthetech

        I gave you a +1 just for the term “douchecanoe.”

        • Phil Toole

          HAHAHA. Thanks? LOL.

        • LJ Mtx

          Same! LMAO!

          • Phil Toole

            Maybe I should put that in more of my posts. Seems I got a lot of upvotes for that. LOL. Something like “If that [insert politician's name here] would stop being such a douchecanoe…”

      • Bella

        Normally that wouldn’t be an issue because you have gone to specifically see that DJ, they rock you with their type of music…..stay home if you don’t know the DJ or like their style…..listen to the f..n radio instead

        • Phil Toole

          That’s mostly true, but if they’re DJ’ing at a popular club as a guest, sometimes people show up to the club just to get their boogie on and have no idea about the styles of a particular DJ.

    • James Godin

      Retarded? A man who has been in the scene that long cannot say anything retarded, only the people who comment.

    • DjDanisAllllllllllright

      What level of don’t-have-a-clue is upclicking this post? First, pick a different word besides “retarded,” or to me, you sound like the “retard.” And DJ Dan didn’t take a moment to write a script about what to say about the situation, he blurted out a summary statement that was clearly understood by and resonated with those in attendance so they could get back to boogie time. Go analyze something else you clearly don’t understand now.

    • djarson

      Do random people storm into your work and tell u how to do your job? I think that would piss off most people. Underground music is also an art that should be respected. His response was completely appropriate.

      • missmack

        Requests are a part of any Djs job whether they like it or not they DO NOT have to honor that request nor are they always going to have a particular record and that’s fine. These Djs don’t make the music they are playing other people’s music so let’s not forget that. I see too many people refer to Dj’s and their music. It’s only theirs because they bought it. Just like fake T*ts.

        • djarson

          I think there’s a big difference between club/underground Dj and wedding Dj/ radio DJ. You hire and pay an underground Dj to play music that tells a story – its an art form and an experience. I completely agree that a lot of deejays play other people’s music, but about 80% of Dan’s tracks that he plays are also produced by him. Dan’s record label InStereo had over 40 tracks chart last yr on Beatport and engine number 9 is in the top 10 on Beatport. He is not only an amazing DJ but an awesome producer!

        • Bernadette

          You are simply wrong about that. You don’t ask for requests when a headlining dj is playing. Heck, in most underground genres in general, you do not ask for requests even from the scrub opening dj. You are comparing mainstream commodity djs and wedding djs with people who are there to create their vibe and take you on their journey. People who are respected precisely because that is what they do best!

          But even in hip hop, you aren’t going to walk up to Kid Capri and ask him to play “boots with the fur” or every dj’s favorite “play something good”.

          • jezjonson

            a request is fine, if it’s something that YOU THINK THAT DJ DAN would normally play when you hear him a lot

        • jezjonson

          nonsense. All DJs have access to EVERY SINGLE SONG – we have Internet everywhere….!

          there are different types of djs
          and some types choose not to play
          katy perry, black eyed peas, kylie etc for A VERY GOOD REASON !

          • djJackMF

            So you’re saying DJs can download vinyl off the internet??? Or maybe you’re telling DJs how to do their job??? As an expert, you must know that not every DJ plays MP3s; and you must also know that a DJ in the mix has no reason to take time to download music off the internet during a set, particularly where the only people who get that pushy don’t deserve it anyway. People paid money to see DJ Dan, not to watch him search the internet for MP3s of “whatever” for some random a**hole. I said it before, you wouldn’t walk up to Prince, or even Grandmaster Flash and request a song. In fact, wouldn’t you feel a bit foolish?

          • jezjonson

            you can’t download vinyl off the internet. I was actually promoting DJ Dan and similar DJs by my comments. All I was trying to get across in subtle means, was that punters expect a DJ to play anything they want – and most of the rubbish music they want can be downloaded….! If they ask for LMFAO and the DJ does not have it (FOR GOOD REASON), they could in fact download it and play it within approximately 10 minutes or so…. I do not think that a DJ like DJ DAN, who I love (I have several amazing songs of his that I paid for) needs to EVER play rubbish music like the ones I mentioned earlier. It’s a shame that comments on the Internet can be so easily misinterpreted…. DJ DAN – good on ya mate and keep making great music – you are clearly one of the best out there. :)

        • Madrox303

          Your a moron. This is fucking DJ Dan..not some by the hour noob DJ. This man has made and played some of the most epic music in the last 20 years of electronic music and should be respected as such. If you are ok with requests then please exit the gene pool.

        • djJackMF

          No it’s not! First and foremost, you can NOT tell anyone how to do their job unless you hire them. If you were the one hiring for this night for instance, YOU would discover that DJ Dan does NOT take requests; and then you can either take it or leave it. (Good luck getting those numbers and that enthusiasm hiring a DJ that takes requests btw.) You can even become one of those kinds of DJs if you like; but this is not one of those scenes. This is a performer. You wouldn’t go up to Prince and tell HIM it’s part of his job to take requests. There’s a whole other level/world of DJing you are clearly unaware of if you think it’s every DJs job to take requests. One more thing – I would never assert or insist something I don’t REALLY know about. I think the world would be that much better if more people practiced this.

    • Kyle Benson

      If you give an idiot a keyboard…

  • Datarider

    Good on ya Dan. Fuck those people. Keep doing what you’re doing.

  • Rogpog

    I feel for him in this situation but we need to keep in mind there are a lot of people in the world that don’t know how to differentiate genres in the Edm world. Unfortunately. :/

  • http://PantsGUY.com PantsGUY

    Maybe if DJ’s would stop supporting clubs with VIP/Bottle service…

    • den_e

      Sadly it’s really the only places you can book them anymore. With the large price tag attached to a quality production event doing it in an illegal, or ‘less than legal’, venue that might get nailed by the cops at any given moment is just too high of a risk.

    • intergalacticSpartacus

      I think its ok to have bottle service as its a good revenue for clubs that barely make profit, but those clubs that offer it should understand and provide rules upon booking that those patrons don’t get to dictate what the DJ plays just because they have a seat and a bottle of vodka.

      • Bernadette

        Yup, the clubs need to have a culture of respect so the people who come there know it and feel it. Also attentive FRIENDLY bouncers help a lot. I started a VIP security company for underground parties with some friends and we had big guys that could throw down but they never did because they were intelligent courteous people and knew that having a good time was the #1 goal of the night! They could squash a beef with words!

    • no1d

      A lot of cities have very limited places for someone to bring a DJ. Also the promoter has to find a club that has an opening that matches up with the day the headlining DJ can play since the promoter has to arrange travel and a place to stay. The good old days of just talking to a private owner of a warehouse and throwing a rave are long long gone.

      • bob

        not here in sydney Australia we have 3-4 warehouse parties a week, and they all are banging.

  • James Godin

    This is why the sol shirted douchebags need to go back & listen to Hick Hop. They are not built for this music & obviously these morons were out of touch completely. This is why many DJ’s don’t want to go mainstream & deal with these kind of slithering sub-humans. There was a time when only good people would get turned onto to this kind of music. Now losers, guide’s, douchebags & Douchette’s can be found in any club that offers bottle service, VID( Very Important Douche) & special tables.

  • Dj Tha Threat

    Thats fucked up that Dj Dan was fucked with during his set bye 2 drunk asses. But that why DJ’s who spin EDM shouldnt spin at clubs. I spin HARDKORE TECHNO n would never spin it at a club. Not in a million year. Keep underground Mutha Fukas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • bob

      bro, its people who use terms like EDM that should be banned from clubs.

  • http://Allness.be/ Monte Letourneau

    but! he HAD to have THAT song, everyone knows and loves my favorite song and if they won’t play it I’m gonna cry.

    • focus503

      Or at least something with a beat.

  • jack

    lol that’s bmore for ya

  • Pineapple

    All the kids listen to is EDM & Dub Crap. There was someone who said on FB “All
    I know is when you see Carl Cox who is a pretty big guy sweating his
    ass off mixing with 3 decks, somehow you just don’t feel like asking him
    to play “sandstorm”.
    I LOLed. BUt its true. Kids today have no respect & have a crap clue about good music! Keep On Being Awesome Dan!

    • Kyle Benson

      Most kids today today don’t know “Sandstorm,” either!

      • Justin

        Really? They play that at NFL games all the time :

      • Jarmo

        hahaha.. Darude – Sandstorm? :D :D

  • Adore

    Red Maple is a hot ass mess too. It looks like it used to be nice but everything is worn down and dirty as hell. A sign made out if plywood and red tissue paper? Torn up cushions? Stank bathrooms? Please.

    That girl should’ve taken her a*s over to Central. There’s no doubt they’d be playin whatever mainstream stuff she wanted. You know she wanted Party Rock Anthem! SMH

  • bklynjames

    Maybe people should be made to sign a contract before they enter the club stating the understand they should not “BOTHER THE F***N DJ WHEN HE/SHE IS CREATING..!!!.” Just soo many tards out there.
    Sorry for the rant people…

    • Jarmo

      Lol.. and who reads EULA’s? people click I agree , I agree , I Agree…

  • ILan Frid

    SHAME on the Venue Owners and Managers for letting this sort of behavior continue. SHAME to those DJs who hate playing Top Mainstream junk and yet, continue to play it because of the people in front of them. Perhaps the new Sync Button DJs need to look elsewhere for work and possible one night stands.

  • Martin Kendell

    I bet she was trying to request some Avicci.

    • LJ Mtx

      No. Worse. Dan told me the request was for some song by Beyonce & Jay-Z.

      • Donny Burlin

        ewww!..

      • Martin Kendell

        If it’s one of the songs off her new album, I don’t blame him. Everything I’ve heard from it is fucking horrible.

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  • http://www.tumblr.com/fitsnstarts Naithan Jones

    As soon as someone says the word “bro” you already know there is going to be trouble out of them

  • focus503

    Bottle service has always been a crap idea.

  • Donny Burlin

    Whhhaaat! Are you kidding me!?
    A white dude & his FAT girlfriend no doubt! Thank god he missed when attempting to hit Dj. Dan, and that Dan is OK. UNREAL!
    The whole idea and concept behind opening the Red Maple, back over 10 years ago, was to be an exclusive venue, that catered to only cutting edge music, culture, food, & design.
    The “MAPLE” is OBVIOUSLY in the “RED” if they are allowing these ignorant, stupid, human beings inside the venue doors now-a-days.
    That dude who attempted to punch DJ Dan, sure is lucky if that’s all that happened to him & his fat girlfriend by getting thrown out of the club!
    For one, this would of never occurred back when the original GLB (Good Love) family (Mustafa Vali, Jason Sanchez, Patrick Radoci, Leonard Clarke, Leon S Kemp, Kerem Ülken, Chris Brooks, Myself, TJ Lynch, Jay Gray, Henry Smith, & Daion) opened the “Red Maple” cause people like that did not get in the door to begin with, though, If this had occurred then… our bouncers, Henry & Daion would of mangled that kid in the back alley. NO DOUBT! B’more has a designated area for those type of people and their fat girlfriends, it’s called “Power Plant Live!”
    Wow!… In my hometown… at a venue that I help build physically, mentally, & musically from the start… How embarrassing!
    The exact reason I moved from hometown B’more to NYC over ten years ago, hanging my headphones up from (thanks to people like Scott Henry, Charles Feelgood, Dj, Dan, & such… for putting me on & booking me throughout the 1990′s) a very successful DJ career. In the last two years I’ve been slowing coming out of retirement.

    • Jen L

      You don’t like her, therefore she is obviously fat? Dude. Show your misogyny more. Some people might have missed it.

    • Bernadette

      That was almost a great post except for the assumptive profiling. As an old school house head… the word is love.

  • jason ledyard

    I’ve never heard of him

  • LJ Mtx

    This article is a picture perfect depiction of what went down that night. Respect.

    P.S. the tiny 1/2 Korean chick to the right of Dan in the pic is my wife Denise who was the aforementioned friend that nearly choke-slammed the punk ass who swung at Dan.

    P.P.S. Some of the comments on this thread are making me want to pound my head on the desk. If you don’t have any real knowledge on the situation you are about you comment on, you need to press delete instead of posting then hop in your douchecanoe (credit @philtoole:disqus) and paddle away.

    • bob

      you may be interested to know that the douchecanoe comes from this beer Ad from Australia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSTqwZG_4Gs

      • LJ Mtx

        This is amazing. I have to share this with my Aussie friends!

        • bob

          yeah i love the bit at the end where it says “Made From Beer”.

    • Denise Yun

      Hiya! It wasn’t a choke slam but more of an uppercut right under the jaw which I am positive shattered some of his teeth. I was in his face like, “I dare you to touch me” and he did and POW!

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  • missmack

    What’s his music like? I didn’t know he actually made tracks.

  • Funkmaster5000

    Wow, so hardcore.

  • Lusky

    Back in 2000 – 2003 when I was clubbing in St.Louis. You had to know somebody to get within 10′ of the Booth. These people would have been dragged out back and disassembled.

    • Madrox303

      Same experience as me.. How this twat and her douche-bag BF got that close to the headliner speaks to shitty security. Dan should be pissed they got within arms reach of him or his decks. In those days that guy would have been stomped and tossed out the back door or left in a port-a-potty barely conscious.

    • Jarmo

      Business idea for entrapenuers.. start building DJ boxes for clubs.

  • Bernadette

    It’s so ridiculous, mainstream fans have 90% of the rest of the clubs to go hang out at and hear their favorite pop song 4 times a night.

  • Mary-Jane Mulligan

    ahem…1st world problems……………

  • Lorn Iseke

    This has nothing to do with bottle service. I work bottle service and if others work as I do, if there are requests I let them know that it may be possible (depending on the DJ and the night) and I approach the DJ.
    Some people just don’t know how to act and react in the real world.

  • Joe

    A week before his album is released… sounds like a viral marketing set-up to me.