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DJ BOOTH ETIQUETTE: THE DO'S AND DON'TS

16 October 2013
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DJ BOOTH ETIQUETTE: THE DO'S AND DON'TS

How do you avoid being that arsehole nobody wants to share a bill with? May we present the golden rules of DJing etiquette.

Words: David Pollock
Illustration: Ben Tallon 

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1. DON'T ask the security to 'sort us out some drinks mate.' 

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2. DO respect the last DJ’s collection. No throwing their last track on the floor or using their CD wallet as your podium. 

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3. DON'T overrun even if the last guy did. Be the bigger DJ.

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4. DON’T aim the pyrotechnics into the booth or yank out any cables on your way out in a sorry attempt to sabotage the next guy's set. 

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5. DON'T slag off your fellow DJs on Twitter. Not while you're in the same room at least. 

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6. DO introduce yourself like a proper human being would do. Between mixes obviously. 

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7. DON'T finish on a novelty number unless it's the end of the night. 

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8. DO know your place. Which means no raiding the free beer fridge without having the power to get it re-stocked. 

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9. DON'T milk it. No fannying about with effects and taking applause while the 3am shift is getting set up around you. 

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10. DON'T invite strange and disconcerting people into the booth during your set, then fuck off leaving them standing there for the rest of the night. 

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11. DO say 'Great tune mate!' when the Dj after you drops their first record. Even if it isn't. Friends for life.

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12. DON'T rack out a line on the unused vinyl platter and offer it to the DJ about to start without telling them it's industrial grade ketamine. 

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