Flirt @ Mono Lounge (Hijack the set)
Last night or rather this morning was a laugh. I’m not really one for dark rooms, loud music, bright flashing lights, drunken revellers spilling drinks and dancing weird but being a DJ I often find myself in such places for business purposes. However, last night wasn’t business it was turning up to show support for the old Playbackuk.com lads, but I must admit that with no set to play I felt like a fish out of water.
The turnout was great, the place was kinda rambo (packed) and all I could think about was whether my fresh white kicks could make it out unscathed. They would go through virtually the whole night without any feet contact, until the classic Drum & Bass was played and I got a light step on either foot.
When we arrived we had missed a lot of DJ Pied Piper’s set but to be honest we had no idea that he was even DJing but it does explain the exclusives being dropped ie. Julio Bashmore vs BBK that sounded great. People enjoyed the consequent run of the mill club classics and ukg but there was a portion of the crowd that was fiendish for some House to cut shapes to. The revellers were getting so desperate that they were attempting to shuffle to Garage which didn’t always go down well with the bubblers, who bounced and hardly moved at all.
A lot of life events are a product of being prepared and being in the right place at the right time. Last night was one of those spontaneous ones, the CD wallet from the earlier radio set was in the boot of my car and there was an opportunity to save the rave and give them what they wanted. I’m not sure what the promoter and Realness agreed but it was a case of him hijacking the set when we came back from the car. There was an element of showcasing his talents for a promoter in the crowd but to be quite frank, the crowd were fed up of the oversaturated and confusing DJ policy at that point so when he went on, the shufflers and shape cutters came out to play.
Regardless of whether the lady on the far right was pissed off and angry on behalf of the DJ who’s set got hijacked, in hindsight she has to respect the move and enjoy the fact that the hijack, which lasted all of 25mins, saved the rave. The previous DJ made a full on assault on everyone’s ears with his abysmal high and mid levels -making me consider bringing earplugs to future events, he played a very confusing set, finishing with old jungle tunes, the DJ afterwards cleared the dance floor by playing more classic jungle tracks rather than easing the crowd into it from the hijacked House set.
Highlight and awkward moment of the night has to be witnessing a drunken reveller speedboat the cleavage of some guy’s girlfriend right infront of him, his girl didn’t really protest against what was happening either (cue an awkward debrief in the kebab house).
If you want to hear more of what you might hear if Realness Mix comes to your rave and hijacks the set of a dead DJ, click here.