Over To You: What's Your Worst Experience With A Punter?


This girl certainly felt the brunt of the DJ's ire. We want to ask you: What's the worst experience you have had with a punter?

We've all had them, that one person who won't leave you alone when you are DJing. Whatever it is, none of us like to be bothered when we're at work. DJing requires a lot of focus and concentration; it's a lot of work and sometimes people just don't get it. It can be difficult to keep your cool.

The most recent example of this that I can recall is some guy telling me that he was also a DJ and that I wasn't mixing properly. I was spinning some hip-hop at the start of my set and wasn't blending the tracks, just dropping them in. He wasn't happy and I told him that I would be doing blends a bit later on when I switch genre. He walked off and came back about five minutes later to repeat his nonsense.

In this case, the first thing I thought to do was to ask him to show me how to do it then. He jumped at the opportunity and I let him cue up the next track. The only thing I was nervous about now was if he scratched my records as I knew full well what would come next. He brought in the next track and completely trainwrecked it.

Thinking back, it was a bit of a daft thing to do and I probably wouldn't do it again, but it was about half an hour into my gig at the residency I had. The bar staff found it amusing anyway and I just carried on as usual after he gave up. To be fair to the guy, he did stop bothering me and stayed for a good few hours, even complimenting my mixing later on.

So, over to you: What's the worst experience you have had with a punter while DJing? How did you deal with it? How often do you have to deal with these kind of situations?

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  1. Jorge Puga says:

    A friend of mine asked me to DJ at her birthday party and to do an 80's - 90's set. Everything was nice and smooth until hour number two, when everyone started to get hammered. This one girl, who was a little bit more drunk than most of the guests, suddenly gets close to me to ask for a song, which I thought it was cool, but then she started to complain about my music selection, even when everyone else was having a good time. But she didn't stoped there, she started to spread the sentence " this guy is only playing music he likes and not what we want" to every single person near to her. So, what did I do? No, I didn't punche her in the face... I just decided to let go, ignored her a little, and to keep making everyone else happy. By the end of the night I was playing tunes that she found amusing to and I decided to 'leave my booth' and even got to dance to her

  2. Adam Wallis says:

    9/10 if someone comes up and bothers a performing DJ, they fancy themselves as a DJ

  3. Andreas Mainzer says:

    funny walkaround of those Peeps is ... giving them polite answers totally off Topic and puttng the Earcups right on .... after a short Time of pretending being busy they just heading off ...

  4. AudioMaverick.com says:

    So, two drunks come up to a DJ... one on the left and one on the right. Really... That happened to me just a few years ago, after I had restarted the DJ.
    . The drunk on the left wanted this one song I didn't have, and wasn't too thrilled that I didn't. He kept on bantering about how much it meant to him and couldn't believe I didn't have it. The one on the right was a happy drunk, and was so enchanted by the Virtual DJ software that he had to mess with some of the controller sensors... really messed up the gain between the two virtual platters.

    Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, my best friend would front-run the stage hoppers. Being a 3rd degree black belt really spoiled me, and I didn't realize how much he protected me from the brunt of the crowd coming up to make requests and just chill with the entertainer.

    • Christian Yates (DDJT Team) says:

      What a nightmare. How long until they left you alone? It amazes me why people want to sit behind or around the DJ at all. It's fair enough to make a quick request when they're not busy but otherwise, stick to the dancefloor!

  5. James Glover says:

    I've always tried to make people feel welcome, but learned 450 plus years ago to at least have some sort of barrier to the booth. Had a beautiful but very drunk lady spill a drink on a Technics 1200 turntable....from that point on....a barrier if i could and always a no drink in the booth rule. And always make sure your mic is dead if you're not on it....;)

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