If you're the type of person who loves getting right up and close to the DJ during their set, that's awesome. But we have a few ground rules we'd like to share with you, for everyone's sake.
DJs generally don't like having to tell fans to stop bothering them, and it's never fun being told to politely "shove off" by the star of the party.
But these situations are easily avoided. Just follow these golden rules, tell your friends, and if you see someone breaking them next time you're out, don't be afraid to point out their bad behaviour.
You'll make the night better for everyone.
DON'T TOUCH THE DECKS
You'd think this would be the most obvious rule, but alas, we've seen more than one punter make the cardinal sin on Boiler Room recently. Sure, it's funny the first time, especially if the DJ is cool about it (though they kinda have to be). But like a third-grade fart joke, some idiots will think this is funny long after it’s not. Let's put a stop to this awful trend before it starts.
DON’T ASK THE DJ TO “PLAY HARDER.”
It's pretty sad that this is so common, a DJ like Midland has to give a shout out to all the "play harder guys" out there. How would you like it if in the middle of your workday, some drunk idiot got in your face and yelled at you to "work harder!"? You'd probably tell them to fuck right off like Mike Servito does, and you'd be well within your rights to do so. So cut it out.
DON’T PUT DRINKS NEAR THE EQUIPMENT
Again, you'd think we could file this rule under "so obvious it doesn't need saying," but 2017 has been a vintage year for idiots. Though if you're the kind of idiot who at least wants music playing when you go party, try and remember that you're standing next to thousands of euros worth of gear in that DJ booth, and none of it is spill-proof.
DON’T SHINE YOUR PHONE’S FLASH RIGHT IN THE DJ'S EYES
It's hard enough to see what you're doing in a dark club without being blinded by someone's bright-ass flash in your eyes. Not cool.
KEEP ANY FILMING UNDER 30 SECONDS
If you're in the back of the crowd, film the show until your arms fall off. But like blinding the DJ with your flash, sticking a camera in their face for 2 minutes straight is as rude as it is distracting. If they're smashing it and you want to remember that moment forever, cool, but for the love of god, pull your phone out, grab 15 seconds before the drop, 15 seconds after, and move the fuck on with your life.
DON’T ASK FOR MID-SET SELFIES
We've all blagged our way into the booth or VIP area once or twice. But please don't go up to the DJ and start trying to have a mid-set conversation or ask for a selfie! Instead, just give up on the idea, and keep on dancing. You'll be happier you did.
DON’T GET UPSET IF THE DJ DOESN'T CARE ABOUT YOUR REQUEST
Depending on who the DJ is, what song you ask for and how you ask for it (be patient and polite, use your cell phone to write a note instead of trying to scream in their ear), requests can be kinda okay—but they're still mostly a sin. If you simply must beg the DJ to play a track, however, don't get pissed off when they say no! You're at a club, not putting quarters into a jukebox. Let them do their thing.
Header image via The BPM Festival
Phone flash photo by AP/Scott Roth/Invision