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Claude Vonstroke’s Sound Clash

Reported by JontySkrufff on April 18, 2011

(pictured: Medicine 8)

Dirty Bird supremo Claude Vonstroke blasted the in-house sound-man at Denver’s Gothic Theatre venue this week, complaining via Twitter that his party rocked despite ‘an extremely rude sound guy’.

“Thank u Denver!! Great night,” the tech-house titan tweeted, before describing in detail his beef with the theatre’s staffer.

“I said I think we had a great night and I can't wait to come back,” he recalled, “Sound guy says "that makes one of us." at least he was consistent,” he added.

His concerns paled in comparison to those of DJs spinning at a recent one off event in East London where the lack of proper facilities had dire consequences for DJs including Luke and Liam from British electro-house duo Medicine 8.

“Liam got his coat nicked from a warehouse party on Kingsland Road only a couple of weeks ago . . . pesky booth-less scenarios!” Luke told Skrufff.

“Though having said that, the guy on before us had his laptop nicked so it puts things into perspective, especially as it was a warm night anyway,” he laughed.

The pair had a similarly narrow escape (of a technical nature) some years earlier Luke added,  during a gig in Italy.

“The worst technical disaster we experienced had to be at Angels of Love in Naples when a 4 foot monitor speaker shuffled its way to the edge of the shelf it was balanced on and smashed our Akai mpc2000 sampler, (narrowly missing Liam's face on its way down),” he recalled. 

“Sparks flew, tears where shed and the sampler went to sampler heaven but we rocked it still and it was all worth it for the pre-show mozzarella,” he added.

London based Argentine house star DJ Ariel also narrowly averted dance-floor disaster when he discovered a technical problem moments before he was due to spin at Limelight in London in 1992.

“The headphone plug inside the mixer was broken just before I had to start playing with a packed dance-floor. It meant I had to play for two hours without headphones because they weren’t any other mixers in the club,” Ariel recalled.

“I managed to do it by reading the different lines of the vinyl, with darker lines meaning breakdown and so on,” he recounted. “I also tested the beginning of tracks by try them out live in the mix while playing the other deck. The beat matching was done live.” 

“The trickiest thing was to guess whatever the vinyl were 33” or 45” RPM if it was not indicated on the label itself,” Ariel continued.

“The fact I had been DJing professionally since I was very young it meant I knew how to do all of this. It did raise a few eyebrows with the promoters at the time about how I managed to do it. No one in the crowd noticed it and the dance floor stayed busy for the whole set,” he told Skrufff.

The most heart-warming story, however, emerged from Zombies Ate My Brains promoter (and fortunately for him, all round nice guy) Shane Watcha, who recalled having his record bag stolen ‘from right under my nose at a busy London club’ five years ago.

“The CCTV showed my putting my bag down, turning around to speak to someone and the offender casually walking away with my record bag while my bag was turned. Cheeky fucker!” Shane told Skrufff.

“I couldn't believe it . . . one minute it was there . . . the next it was GONE. I initially thought some friends were having a joke with me,” he shuddered.

“So I couldn't play my set at that club and, to make matters worse I had just started my Zombie after party. So I couldn't play there either.”

“I went to the afte- party anyway and later on I received a call from a stranger saying they’d got my record bag. The stranger mentioned that his mate had gone out and come back with a stolen record bag, he’d figured out that it was mine and that he wanted to return it. He then apologised for his mate’s thieving habits, put my records in a taxi and an hour later they arrived at the after party. I was overjoyed,” said Shane.

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