Here we go again: DJ Shadow kicked off decks in Miami
UPDATE: Mansion Nightclub have issued an apology to DJ Shadow, writing: “We offer our most sincere apologies to DJ Shadow and his fans for his set being cut short at Mansion this past weekend. This error should not have happened and will not happen again, especially as we pride ourselves on creating an environment that cultivates and respects innovators such as DJ Shadow. We have learned a lot from this error and made changes within our organisation to ensure that Mansion’s vision, and the vision of our guests, will never be compromised again.”
In the same year that New York house head Dennis Ferrer got the tap on the shoulder at Miami club Mansion to cut his set short, it’s happened again, this time to DJ Shadow. The celebrated beatmaker and turntablist was at Mansion for an ‘All Basses Covered’ DJ set on Saturday 15 December, but his selections didn’t pass muster (reportedly after only 20 minutes of playing). A fan filmed the exchange and Shadow’s announcement to the crowd, followed by some unhappy reactions from the dancefloor (see below). “I don’t care if I get kicked out of every rich kid club on the planet,” Shadow wrote on his Twitter after the incident. “I will never sacrifice my integrity as a DJ…ever.”
The news swiftly follows Tommie Sunshine’s run-in with New York club W.i.P last weekend. Asked to cut his set short for “playing too hard”, he spoke to Vibe about the increasingly-common occurrence. “Everyone is now an expert of this music, especially the ones who pay BIG $ to consume it,” he wrote. “Not to mention the clowns who supposedly ‘run’ clubs. Basically their #1 priority is their ‘clients’ who spend money in bottle service & what they say dictates the music direction.”
DJ Shadow has been taking the ‘All Basses Covered’ DJ concept around the U.S. in recent weeks, hitting New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Boston, Detroit and more. Predictably, Mansion’s Facebook page is attracting a volley of angry posts from Shadow fans. This Friday 21 December, the club is set to host another turntable pro, DJ Craze, himself a Miami local. Hit ‘Full Screen’ on the video embed below to expand it.