7 Big Mistakes I Made At My First DJ Gig (And Why It Was Still Great Fun)

Drinking Ladies

Don't let drunk colleagues distract you, especially when it's your first ever gig...
Pic: Telegraph

So I did it. I got and played my first gig. Many people will say that you never forget your first time. With everything that went wrong in my first gig, I can certainly say that's a true statement!

So here, for the sake of helping others, are what I consider to be my seven big mistakes. I admit them here in the hope that bedroom DJs can learn from them, to hopefully make their first gigs a little kinder and gentler! At the end of the piece, I reveal how the gig turned out...

My seven mistakes...

1. I accepted the gig 24 hours before the event
The call came in just as I was about to head home. "Can you help DJ the company function tomorrow night?" With the acceptance of those words, things went steadily downhill.

First I had not practised in a couple of weeks. What I thought would be an hour's worth of work moving from my home set-up to a live one took most of the night and I still didn't get it all done. Instead of prepping specifically this gig, I spent a lot of time just trying to get things to work.

2. I used a laptop to DJ with that I'd never used before
At home, I have my Traktor Kontrol S4 connected to my iMac with most of my music residing on centralised NAS (network attached storage). The iMac has a ridiculous amount of desktop real estate. I can easily open all four decks in advance mode to see every option there is to see, still with plenty of room to comfortably browse and edit my songs.

My laptop, on the other hand, is an older HP laptop with 1280 x 720 resolution that can barely let me see two virtual decks. And editing is almost impossible on the laptop. Having never really practised on my live set-up, I might as well have been using someone else's gear.

One of the things I am trying to do now is move everything to my live set-up! I want no surprises for my next engagement. What I do at home should be what I do when I'm out.

3. I expected my songs to come across with beatgrids intact
Number 2 would not have been a big deal if things worked the way I anticipated they would.

Beatgridding

There's no point painstakingly beatgridding your music and then not checking the information has copied across correctly to your laptop before the gig... Pic: steven-james.com

In this case, as I keep all of my songs on my NAS it should have been a simple matter to just copy them over to an external hard drive and import them in. Unfortunately for me, not everything came across the way I hoped.

Many of the songs that I spent so much time beatgridding lost their cue points. Songs were not where I had been accustomed to seeing them.

In some cases, songs I know I have did not copy over, including some premixed material I was counting on to get me through the evening. Because enough material wasn't ready, I had to analyse many of the songs just before mixing them in. That is not nearly as much fun as just working on your flow.

4. I neglected to consider the music the crowd would want
I did this set with one other person and we both like dance, urban, club, trance type music. At a corporate type function it turns out they want a wider selection of material. People asked for salsa, country, metal, 80s, pop and the list goes on. In some cases, I had a little bit of the requested style but just as things were starting to go, I would have to switch genres because I was out of that type of material. As I am hoping to do more of these kinds of things, I'm definitely going to work on creating playlists for unfamiliar genres.

5. I spent far too much time dealing with people
As I did this for work, I knew almost all of the 150 people or so that showed up; and it seemed that everyone wanted to talk, drink, make requests and comment in the booth while I was trying to work. This resulted in making some mistakes through lack of focus and concentration. Instead of having the next song cued up there were moments of panic as I realised the song was about to end. Other times, beat drops were not as in sync as I would have liked.

Time remaining

See that flashing red waveform and "2 seconds remaining"? That's your cue to stop arguing with your boss about playing some Dire Straits and get another tune on!

Some people were just flat out rude. Some people were obnoxiously drunk. Other people tried to get me drunk while "working". Many people could not easily handle the fact that I couldn't play their favourite song or didn't play more of their favourite type of music. Even my boss was little upset. And these were people I knew, worked with and liked! I can only imagine what things would have been like with people I didn't know.

The next time, I will have my partner act as gatekeeper to make sure I can focus fully on what I'm doing instead of trying to be friendly and DJ at the same time. Some people socialise while making their food, for instance. I am not one of those people. As a newbie, are you?

6. We had no plan B in case of hardware failure
My partner had a Numark CDJ Mixdeck (built in CDJs and iPod insert) which failed about half way through the night. As my machine was plugged into his machine we were loath to shut it down in the middle of our set. This meant he could only use his iPod for DJing which became very limiting. You would think with two controllers we would be better prepared for something like this but we didn't give much thought to our set-up.

7. I forgot my prepared material
I had over two hours of premixed material that did not make it as part of the trip. This material would have been extremely helpful in the beginning of my set, with nobody really listening, and as was dealing with my nerves.

In the comfort of my own home, with no one looking and nothing at stake, I can create remix masterpieces. When you are in a live venue, everything speeds up a hundredfold – especially when everything is different then what you normally use. I should have made sure this material was one of first things that got copied over.

So, was it a disaster then?

So with the lack of preparation, hardware failures, and drunk friends, you would think the whole night went down in flames, yes?

Actually, no - this was not the case! People still danced. More things worked than didn’t. While the mistakes were obvious to me, they were not obvious to the audience. DJing in front of a live audience was exhilarating – especially at the end of the night when the nerves completely went away and I found my flow.

While there were a few people that were unhappy, even more people came up to me afterwards to tell me how much fun they had. And if nothing else, I gained a tremendous amount of experience around what got people dancing and what drove them off of the floor.

And the best thing about messing so much up? Things can only get better! So my best advice to new DJs after completing my first gig: get out there and do it yourself!

• Tim Dorcas is a Digital DJ Tips reader and first-time digital DJ.

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Comments

  1. On my 1st gig that happened not long ago (roughly 2 weeks ago), I noticed a few things that you have be cautious about or keep in mind:

    1- Double check your transport, and have a backup plan for public transport or backup car. As I'm traveling to another state for my 1st gig, my car broke down on me while I was on my way to pickup my MC, We have no luck trying the train and bus station, it was frustrating and I panicked I might missed my 1st gig. Ending up rent a car and our budget getting tighter.

    2- Don't throw all the crowd-favorited tracks at once, you might want to try to get the floor once you're on the deck, but throwing so many at once, you might end up not knowing what to play next with your "Emergency Kit" tracks running low.

    3- Try not to drink too much while you Djing, I personally don't like to drink while I DJ, as it will affect my judgement or I end up going to the restroom multiple times in a short time due to nerves. Might variy for different people.

    4- Try to have more eye contact with the crowd, don't make people think you want to separate yourself from the crowd and play your music for yourself, especially the ladies as you need them to stay on the floor and attract more people to the dancefloor to join them.

    That's my experience and lessons I learned from my 1st gig. Hope it helps :)

    • Phil Morse says:

      Thanks! Eye contact / rapport is definitely important. People want you to "put on a show".

      • I respect that theory but in all honesty, it really is the music that matters and once people have gotten into the mood, anything dance worthy they seem to continue to dance to. Iv'e seen DJ's who are always looking down at their equipment or laptop the entire time, and they kill it, most DJ's who seem more social to the crowd at least around my area don't really seem to catch the crowd as well musically.

  2. Victor_M says:

    5. I spent far too much time dealing with people

    This is the worst. Especially when the party is rocking and everyone is trying to show off that they know the DJ

  3. i had my first gig one month ago in very nice disco pub here in italy...the fact is that at first i was almost trembling...i was so nervous...but as soon i got the crowd to dance i felt like a load was removed from me 😀

    my counsel is to have ALWAYS autocontrol...it is a show and you are the one putting it up!!! dance, have fun, jump (don't exagerate) and the crowd will also feel what you feel about the music!!

    also, if you know the crowd, always have the tracks you know THEY will enjoy and use them as dancefloor killer when you see the vibe is going down

  4. Excellent stuff. The learning experience from actually playing out is invaluable. It will make you so much better.

    I play an event this weekend and felt some of the anxiety and though the mixing was subpar but people were saying afterwards that they loved it. As a creative person you will be your own worst critic.

  5. thanks a lot!!! i'm about to have my first git this saturday!!! thanks a lot for the tips!!! but my buggest consern is that i also use an hp! and here at home i some times get audio drop outs (not that often, actually maybe one drop out in an hour) but it's still very noticable! i dont know hot to configure it better... and if i dont figure it out before saturday, i think i'm screwd xD any help????

    • Phil Morse says:

      Have you tried increasing the latency in your settings?

    • CosmicRift says:

      I'm not sure what you use but, try using Gamebooster and turning off your wifi. I use an ACER with an i5 and 4gb of RAM with my traktor s4 and I use to have audio drop outs. Once I adjusted latency, turned on gamebooster, and turned off my wifi I have never had an audio dropout since. It's amazing!

      • I'm using a J10IL netbook 1.6Ghz, 1GB, 160 GB dual boot XP/Unbuntu .. To begin latency was a real pain but I found that only installing the software I needed and stopping all other background processes allowed Traktor to run a lot smoother. I only use XP for Traktor work now and based my installation around this, everything else I do in Ubuntu .. This keeps my XP installation 100% contamination free and every time I fire up Traktor it's as I left it.

      • i have never heard of gamebooster, my wifi is off by default! i use windows 7, 320 gigs, 4 ram i3 processor (hp g62 laptop)! i have even reduced the samplerate and the process buffer! but seems like i loose audio quality, but the drop outs are still there...

      • it says that it will adjust the pc to work better with games, that it will update ethe graphics card etc. can i custom it ? any tips on how to use it????

      • please would really apreciate some help, im playing this saturdat and the audio drop outs are starting to scare me... seeing how i cant find a way to fix it....

        • Hey samms, aside from the other suggestions you've been given, I assume you're using a usb audio interface and - being a Windows laptop - its ASIO drivers? Or maybe a controller with integrated audio? You mention changing the latency, sample rate, etc. - so I assume you mean in the ASIO control panel?

        • hey sean! yes i use the audio 2 interface, asio drivers of course, dowloaded from ni website, and windows 7 64 bit on hp laptop! i've seen on a forum and somebody advised to install some older drivers, saying that the latest cause it aswell.. i've installed gamebooster and i followed dubspot's tutorial on optimizing a windows pc for djing, but still.... please my gig is tomorow, i dont know what to do :S :S

        • I've seen a number of similar optimization guides. Checked out Dubspot's and it seems pretty complete. Disabling the ACPI compliant battery and setting the processor scheduling for "Background Services" seem to be mentioned most frequently, so if you've done those, I might check the following links. I know you're using the Audio 2, so here's one link specific to that card and another couple about the issue you're having in relation to the Audio 4/8:

          http://www.native-instruments.com/forum/showthread.php?p=760947
          http://www.native-instruments.com/forum_us/showthread.php?p=777542
          http://co.native-instruments.com/forum_de/showthread.php?p=839930

          Best of luck! Hope you get your issue sorted out in time for your gig!

        • hey thanks a lot! i did do what they mentioned on dubspots tutorial... but i was searching and on the djtechtools forum i got the awnser... it was the drivers... yesterday i playd for 2 hours and NOTHING :D:D:D thanks a lot anyway!! :)

  6. First of all, always be ready. You never know when a gig might show up, and most of the issues you had could be prevented if you were prepared. Preparation is half the job.

    #5 is always the most difficult when playing to people you know. I know, because I regularly DJ in both of the two clubs in my hometown. There will always be someone that doesn't like anything you play and will inevitably get pissed.

    You always have to look at the bigger picture. If the majority is dancing to a certain style, don't ever try to please the minority, even if they are your closest friends, because the majority will leave the dancefloor and the minority will only dance to one or two songs of the style they wanted to hear, before realising they're all alone on the dancefloor.

    You have to deal with the stress, but don't ever say no to people. Just say: "Ok, I'll look into into" or "I'll try to play it later". Managing the people that make requests is as important as managing the dancefloor, because they are usually the ones that get really pissed and might create a bad vibe in the club.

    You'll always end up looking bad to someone you know, it's inevitable. You have to deal with it and realise that it's part of being a DJ.

  7. I had my first gig last boxing night (2010) .. Me and two pals organised an event which was months in planning .. We booked a 5k sound system & lighting which we were lucky enough to get for a very flexible price (100% of the door takings); we got the venue for free; and all DJs who wanted to play got a set .. We even designed, printed and laminated our own tickets :)

    Her goes the pitfall of my night :( I already knew my cross fader function had something wrong with it but I hoped it was software. During my set, which was quite early in the night, my cross fader completely broke down on me. I could have mixed using the volume sliders but wasn't well practised at doing that so I threw in the towel. So after playing just a handful of tracks I had to give up - I was hoping to play more than one set as the party started around 9pm and went on until midday and we planned to have open decks from 6am.

    I've since repaired the fault .. Turns out, after dismantling the VR used for the X-fader, that it was caked with crap and the contacts simply weren't making contact all the time - so you can imagine what kinda noise this thing was making every time I slid it.

    The moral to this story is. Even with the best planning and flawless execution of putting on the event I neglected to ensure my hardware was ready for the job. I could have fixed the problem much earlier but hoped it would go away. Now I take pride in maintenance and if needs be I will strip all or any equipment and wash the shell in the bath as well as stripping components and ensuring all contacts make contact, copper tracks are free from debris, and any pots turn freely. It will never happen again!

  8. Thanks for posting your experiences! The point you make about people not noticing is so true, I find myself to be overly critical of what I am doing when in fact the crowd are generally having a lot of fun.

  9. I would honestly tell DJs who play out to ALWAYS play on your laptop and not treat it as some spare item. You should play at home with the same stuff you play out with.

    • I whole-heartedly agree with this one, even though I don't actually practice this myself. The *only* way you can get around this is if you know computers well enough to mirror you software databases, and do it in real time. And then be prepared for things to go awry, because things always go awry during live sets (which is part of the fun).

  10. A great article, as always, but I think one VERY important thing was left out and many DJs (including me) did that on their first gig(s).. the thing is: focusing less on what you play than on how you play it.
    A lot of new DJs (including me when I was starting) get so sucked into the DJ technique and sometimes put that above the song selection.. Many times I saw a DJ do a perfect awesome great transition from one song to the other, blending perfectly and sounding great but neither of those two songs got the crowd going.. the thing is that a DJ doing a crappy transition between two well-picked songs would be "better" than the one having great technique but bad song selection.

    • Max, you took the words right out of my mouth! As has often been quoted on this site, "Know your music!" ANother quote I came up with from experience over 20 years ago was:

      "It's about the right song, at the right time, at the right volume."

      I'd much rather have a broken, embarrassing segue between two songs the crowd loves than to drop an orgasm-unducing mix across music the dance floor could care less about.

      The latter is just narcissistic mental masturbation, and the most naive' of crowds will pick up on it. Great mixing is an ENHANCEMENT to your set; but get the set right first.

    • Pedro B says:

      WELL SAID!!!!! BRAVO MATE!!!

  11. dennis parrott says:

    "4. I neglected to consider the music the crowd would want"

    yup. this is why a mobile DJ like me gets paid. i bring stuff your group wants to hear... (sometimes i don't have it but i'll have something that will do...)

    the average party-goer doesn't give a fig about EDM of any kind. they want you to play stuff they know and can dance to, period.

    where the EDM club DJ gets paid for their technical prowess mixing tunes together and doing wild stuff with the EFX and live remixing and all that, i get paid because i can sequence Motown & soul & rock & punk & whatever without it sounding like a trainwreck.

    that said, i am working on how to do what the club DJs do just because i'd like to be able to do those sorts of things with "old skool" tunes.

    seriously though, i did my first gig with a laptop running WinAmp, iTunes and some crazy MP3 player that allowed me to pick what audio interface i was playing through. iTunes gave me a search interface to my (then) 20K+ songs, crazy MP3 player was playing thru my headphone jack on the laptop to preview songs, WinAmp played through a Griffin iMic to my PA system (yes, MY PA... i did live sound before taking up DJing... better money!). look up songs in iTunes, drag into crazy MP3 player to preview, drag into WinAmp playlist to play it in sequence... used a channel fader on my PA mixer in concert with the fast-forward button to do fade out-fade in from track to track.

    and you know what, the peeps at that party were all over it because i had the music they wanted to hear. my technical prowess on the decks didn't matter. my song selection did!

    "5. I spent far too much time dealing with people"

    yeah. it can be difficult sometimes. i am prone to telling some peep, "hold that thought for a sec, i have to do my job now... .... ok, now what did you want me to play?" it can be a bit of a balancing act, juggling what is getting played vs. talking/taking requests.

    in your case, you were sweating bullets right off the hop because of equipment woes and so on. for the typical mobile DJ crowds, songs with a bullet-proof beatgrid don't really matter. i just have to "play that funky music" and help 'em have a good time.

    "6. We had no plan B in case of hardware failure"

    i always have an iPod with a few playlists of dinner music, cocktail music, a Motown/disco set, etc. that i can plug directly into my PA mixer as a bail out in case of trouble.

    using a MIDI console as the primary interface to the PA invites trouble!! i always run the outputs of my S4 into a mixer first. yes, it makes setting the gains a little fiddley but being able to plug an iPod or CD deck directly into an analog PA mixer gives you some safety margin so that you can play something else while sorting out issues with your primary rig.

    i used to use a Hercules RMX before the S4 and it was always touchy due to the amount of power it would draw at startup. and i've had to stop in the middle and reboot things to make them work again and my trusty iPod always saved my bacon!

    • Pay close attention to what Mr. Parrot says here, folks. He knows of what he speaks.

      • dennis parrott says:

        why thank you, jorn!!

        i would like to say it this way: i know a little something and there is a lot i don't know but i am working at finding it out...

        rule #1: there is Good Music and Bad Music and the listener (dancer?) gets to choose. (my opinion don't mean diddley...)

        rule #2: get them up and dancing and keep them there. they will think you are the greatest DJ ever.

        ...there is more i don't know than that which i know. that's why it is always an adventure!!

        dp

  12. My first gig was a year ago: I'm primarily a musician with a modestly successful balkan-electro band, but I was asked by a friend to come play tunes in that genre at an "international theme"-party at the most prestigious business school in Sweden. So me and a friend gathered a bunch of cd's, came up with a name for our DJ collective, got there in time and started to spin and the whole night was a TRAINWRECK.

    Mistake nr 1: Although we had a basic understanding of what a crossfader does, we've never actually touched any kind of Dj equipment before. We had to learn basic operations from the bartender! Beatmix? Nah, not tonight honey...

    Mistake nr 2: only bringing balkan/raı/other music most people find too "exotic". People who are, or are about to be successful financially have the worst taste in music!

    Mistake nr 3: drinking too much. Hey, we didn't get paid so we might as well get drunk, right? After a few hours and quite a few beers I stopped being polite to the fifth or so person requesting Grease and just laughed in their faces. Yeah we never got booked there again.

    But despite this we got bitten by the DJ bug and after buying gear, practicing and, most importantly, only playing in genre-specific clubs, we're loving it!
    Our biggest crowd so far was about 400 people and the feeling when everyones dancing to your 200 bpm set (check out Kalashnijkov by Goran Bregovic to get the picture) is indescribable!

    Cheers from Sweden

  13. Excellent article, Tim. Thanks a lot. Since I´m a bedroom Dj who with hundreds of mixes recorded at home... and just a little live performance experience (a couple parties with friends) I am some steps behind you. So, your advices are really welcome ; I expect to have my first "real" gig soon.
    I am used to dj with my Macbook Pro and a external drive (cloned library, baby! :)) instead of my home iMac so I´m not concerned with that but certainly I´ve never thought on #4. Gotta prepare playlist of diverse genres !

    Cheers

  14. My first gig was, ermm, 20 years ago - lol. I was asked to DJ at a new club that had been bought by pub-owning friends of mine. I'd never used a mixer, twin decks or anything. What I did have was some good records and it turned out I was pretty good at keeping the crowd entertained. They didn't give a shit if I could beatmatch, they just wanted to dance to good tunes.

    So the main thing I learnt from my first gig was that the music always comes first. The second thing I learnt is that ladies that come onto you when you're in the booth are interested in getting their song played, not what's in your pants. The third thing I learnt is that entertaining a club full of people is addictive. The fourth thing I learnt was that if you drink too much, your bladder gets full and then you have to put a looong track on, fight your way through the crowds to the toilet and panic the whole time in case something happens to the music. The fifth thing I learnt is that for every DJ, there's fifty bedroom mixing wannabes who all think they can do it better. The sixth thing I learnt is that DJing to a non-specialised crowd means letting go of your negative opinions of other kinds of music and remembering that your only job is to keep the audience entertained. The seventh thing I learnt is that things get awful quiet if you take the wrong record off.

  15. It just occurred to me this morning, as I prep for an odd Thursday gig tonight, that the very first paid DJ gig I ever did is approaching its 27th anniversary.

    I tried to "retire" from this almost 20 years ago. People just won't let me. 😉

  16. "The moment that you, as the DJ, forget that you are servant to the dance floor (and NOT the other way around,) is the moment it begins to end. "

    This isn't your party; it's theirs. And you must give all that you have, to make as many of them as happy as you can, for as long as you can. If this sounds like something you can do without going insane, then welcome to DJing.

  17. Joey Boots says:

    I'm also a bedroom DJ with a desktop setup and a janky old laptop that I use when I play parties. I'm running traktor with an S4 with customized mappings.

    I've recently changed my Root Dir to an external harddrive. And I keep all my music on that harddrive. This allows me to simply use a version of traktor installed on any computer and still get all my music, cue points, and mappings. The links are all valid since I keep EVERYTHING on the harddrive.

    It's been working great for me so far and allows me to switch back and forth fairly easily and with no data loss.

    I'll elaborate if anyone is interested. Thanks for the post.

    • beware of losing your hard drive :( A DJ buddy of mine lost his bag with his primary external storage device inside it. To this day we cannot figure out where this bag disappeared to. One moment it was there, the next it had vanished. There's no reasonable explanation and theft seems far fetched. I think he left his bag on the roof of a car or something :(

  18. I am using a toshiba tecra a10 4 gig ram. The thing is very randomly I get a half second buzz when playing tracks, I never know whe ln it's going to happen. It could be three times in one night or not at all. I even wiped it and got a new motherboard but still It happens. It seems like it just suddenly slams on the breaks and re starts but it happens so fAs that all you hear is a dragging audio buzz. Sounds the same regardless of what the music is. This is q mystery. Anyone gOt any ideas.

  19. NEVER leave the booth while playing! I see DJs put on a 30 minute track to go eat, talk to chicks, talk on the phone, etc. You're supposed to be setting the vibe for the guests! If you're not feeling the music, who will?

    • I don't think that's always true. I love to leave the booth to check the sound system, or just to get the vibe from out on the floor. Sometimes works wonders when you're not "feeling it" - just to get a punter's-eye viewpoint. Not for half an hour, but for a few minutes, I think it's often a great thing to do. It's certainly not a "never" thing for me! :)

  20. This post is awesome yet again thank you. I have my very 1st gig (!!!) in 17 days and I learned about it a week or so ago so I was extatic and obviously up on my cloud, but this post brought me down to earth, again thank you !! Yes, even tho you cannot prepare for the unexpected, you can put luck on your side, and with the post + the VERY helpful comments (thanks to everyone on this one) I really feel a lot safer and maybe this will take off about .1% of my stress during the evening :) Will definitly post back here after the show to either cry or laugh about how things went down (or up).

  21. "And these were people I knew, worked with and liked! I can only imagine what things would have been like with people I didn’t know."

    good news:
    sometimes the people you know can be the worst audience. It's harder for them to understand that you're working, not partying. people that don't know you just expect you to do your job and leave you alone. Plus, you feel more pressure to mingle and not kick them out of the booth. it will get easier.

    Congratulations on your first gig. here's to many more. good post!

  22. I came here to try to motivate myself and build confidence since I am also a beginner DJ. My first gig was a fail but I never really considered it my first real gig. It was Christmas eve and I was playing for the family at my mothers house inside her garage which was the first mistake. Second was limited songs and genres. The equipment was also giving me problems. I remember I made an announcement with the mic and the mic gain was turned all the way up and BOOOOOM! it wasn't very pretty. The reason why I mad a mistake setting up in the garage is that people were coming in and out as they pleased. When you set up where the whole crowd is, then they are forced to listen to your music right? Think of is as ear pollution. When people heard a song they didn't like the literally walked out of the garage which automatically reflects on the rest of the crowd who IS dancing.

  23. Hi! My first DJ-Gig was about a half year ago. Although the Gig itself was a great success, for me the preparation was absolute horror.
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/594/img2411nl.jpg/
    So we set the stage up... we had a really big Sound System (for us it was big)
    2*18" JBL Subs and some JBL Tops i can't remember anymore.
    and then light, 7 moving Heads (5spots 3 wash) , blinder, and strobe.
    so we set things up, and plugged it into the 16amp cable the host gave us. and boom... it was a cheap generator that killed 5 of our 7 moving heads.
    so we were really frustrated and desperate about the financial stuff and we only had some hours before the beginning of the event.
    In the last minute we managed to get replacement for the destroyed equipment and in the end the crowd went nuts. so even forgot the problems we had.
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/651/img2430vc.jpg/

    so some months later we finally had an answer about, who is going to pay the damage. and it was not us :)

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