Well, i kinda know both sides of the arrangement. As a Dj it sucks if things get crazy and uncomfortable on the road. As a promoter, some Djs in the biz can be a major PITA.
In this case both sides made mistakes. The promoters indeed appear a bit noobish
, but they´re enthusiastic and give their best to make stuff happen.
All that "booker" crap is way overrated anyways imho. There are good guys out there. But the majority just tries to make money off of peoples backs by doing nothing. (Edit: Actually its girls most of the time and there are really good ones, but still...)
And i see the fact, that there are cases of non-refundable deposits. Nothing mentioned in the pamphlet about that though. And i´ve never experienced that personally even though we have booked quite a handful US big names. We´ve only been burned once by C2 who´s agency wanted to book the overseas flights by themselfes and we had to send them the money upfront. Apparently the guy was in Prague and came by train. That was 3k€ in his pocket. But well, at least he appeared.
In this case, Lil´Louis is beeing a total d!ck. 12k is a lot of money.
If all of his story was true he should have kept 2.5k for expenses and inconveniences and sent 10k back to the guys.
Re: professionalssm: Its being said that PVD appears to have an exact copy of his setup on every continent and all the files on a server. At this scale this just seems approbriate. In the digital age there´s no reason to cancel a gig completey. Just download your tracks or, if not available, have someone, eg your brother
upload the stuff.
The whole story smells fishy to me.
And to be honest, i find all that DJ mumbojumbo to be pretty pathetic too.
These guys play records for christs sake. Yeah right, history and stuff, but c´mon