the creation of the DAFT FUNK clubnight

Archive for March, 2012

Just an update….

Really missing not doing anything to promote DF3.  Its driving me a bit mad as the timing of it is both perfect and rubbish at the same time.  Its hard having to rely on the students but that is where the venue is and its just a fact.  Cant wait for the next one in May though.  The problem is whats going to happen over the summer?  will we ever be able to build momentum if we have to cancel everytime the students are home?  Its a worry.

Whilst I’ve been mulling that one over I’ve been writing a list of tunes I need for Suburbia.  Its CD only so i’m going to have to buy a load of stuff i’ve already got on vinyl.  One good thing about that is that it means I can travel to Hale on the train with just my cd wallet and headphones rather than having to get a taxi.  Bu the negative is that you really have to be on your toes! you can only cue one track at a time rather that four.  And you have to be well organised.  I’ve decided to keep a section of my cd wallet just for Suburbia stuff so im not trawling through hundreds of cd’s looking for one track!

I’ve also been on the phone to the Thirsty Scholar.  The Promoter/Manager ‘Damo’ was at the Daft Funk launch night and showed an interest in my playing the bar.  hopefully he will be ringing me on Monday.

Anyhoo, not much else to report at the moment.  Still thinking over the student situation………speak soon x


Postponing DF3 and a private party…?

So after much deliberation we have decided to cancel DF3.  I am considering a private party so please message me if you would be interested in bringing some friends for A ‘DAFT FUNK PRIVATE PARTY’

Im a bit gutted because it would have been great to build on the DF2’s success.  I dont mean success in the way of numbers but due to the fact that we had been discovered by the penguins, and that they had loved it and were full of compliments and promises of bringing more people.  the timing is a bit pants but thats just life!!

DF3 will be on Saturday 5th May.

So, i’m  considering a private party scenario and will keep mulling the idea over and will try to think how I can use it as a promotional tool.  If anyone can think of any idea’s or want to bring people then please let me know.

To postpone or not to postpone DF3 ?…..

Andy and I are wondering whether to postpone DF3.  I was pretty buzzing after the late turn up of the penguins after DF2 and them promising to bring more people next time.  Plus this one falls on Easter weekend which means my work is closed on the Sunday, I would have been able to have a lie in and maybe get more of my work friends and other people out.

Andy text me yesterday to say that Jabez is dead over Easter weekend as all the students go home until mid-May.  And as the venue is slap bang in the centre of studentsville then it will make a difference.  Jabez doesn’t get passing trade so the night being a success depends on people coming in specifically for DAFT FUNK.  So he suggested we postpone this one until May.  But that if I want to do a private party with just a bunch of mates then thats ok with him.

We still have just short of three weeks so i’m going to rack my brains to see if theres any way I can use this to my advantage.  Maybe invite my friends, workfriends etc to a private party to use it as a promotional tool.

I will also contact one of the penguins on my DAFT FUNK page to see if he thinks anyone will be around Manchester.  So watch this space….oh and if anyone has any ideas please let me know!

Back to Suburbia and set programming….

A couple of weeks back I was send a ‘recipe’ for playing at Suburbia.  This is something I have never experienced from a promoter before but is exactly how I think when playing somewhere new.  I always really think through my first hour set because I think it makes or breaks who will stay in the bar/club.

If its a bar (starting at 9pm at Joshua Brooks for example) I always go for some funk (Parliament/Prince/Curtis Mayfield) and aim to build to some oldskool ‘no way’ classics (Blackness/Bassomatic/Stetasonic) in the first hour.  Mix in a little Loleatta Holloway and First Choice.  It allows for a couple of drinks to be sunk and for those sat chatting about their work day and relationships to turn their thoughts to the feel good, vibey music and will bring back memories for them.  They like where the music is going and stay for another drink.  By the time this hour is up I am building towards creating something exciting for the clubbers’ to walk in to.  Between 10 and 11pm is when most of the clubbers’, will come for a couple of drinks before they move downstairs.

Between 11 and 1 I will keep it dancey without going to0 hard (no Prodigy or Pendulum here!) Lots of oldskool hip hop n house and loads of uptempo funk and disco, giving the clubbers something to enjoy should they come upstairs for a break.  But also trying to keep those in who don’t intend to go downstairs.  I will write my DAFT FUNK ‘recipe’ another time but for now, back to Suburbia…

Gavin (the Promoter) at Suburbia sent his recipe through.  It wasn’t too complicated just 9-10 play to getting the girls up. wind down 1-2. Nothing gangsta, nothing too hectic.  Dont forget the modern stuff etc.  I totally understand the reasoning behind this.  With a place like Suburbia you have to maintain an image.

Gavin asked for an example of a set (bout 75 songs) so I sent an example.  He was pretty happy and sent back a couple of alternatives for songs he wasn’t sure about and a list of others to consider.  Now I’m just waiting to be rota’d in and I have a new residency!!   Watch this space…

Preparing for DAFT FUNK 3…

There’s five weeks in between Daft Funk’s 2 and 3 so I need to get on with the promotion nice and early.

Andy (Jabez) had trouble with the printers last time as they didn’t get the posters ready on time.  In fact they promised they would be delivered the Monday after the gig! mmm helpful.

During the set up for DF2 I asked Andy if he had any any contacts in (what is known as) the ‘Poster Mafia’.

The Poster Mafia have been going for years, I remember them from my band manager days.  And anywhere where you see posters outside in Manchester is in effect owned by them and you must have their permission to put your posters up.  What usually happens is that you will pay for an amount of posters to be put around town and their people will do that for you.  It also means that it wont be taken down and replaced by another promoter.

After DF2 went down so well with the people who were there we figured that promotion needs stepping up somehow.  What we really need is a street team to give out flyers in the evening but we simply cannot afford that!  So we need to find out how much the poster mafia will cost.

Word of mouth should start to kick in now.  The penguins will hopefully be back next time and maybe will bring some friends.

I would also like another promotional tool but im not sure what yet.  Maybe i’ll do more copies of the CD with Daft Funk page/blog promotional literature?, or maybe a cocktail with a funky name? in it i’m not sure yet.  If anyone has any idea’s for something clever i’d love to hear it!

I’m already thinking ahead to the 1 year anniversary!

DAFT FUNK 2…and the funky penguins

I noticed that the nerves had started to kick in about tea time.  I noticed because i really wasn’t hungry and for anyone who knows me that is very rare!

I ordered a taxi for about 9.30 and headed to Jabez.  On launch night I had got there for 9.30 and had set up and sound checked in about 15 minutes and ended up sat around.  But it was a good job I did because there were a few things that needed sorting out this time.  Inevitably there is a technical problem at most gigs, usually something very simple.  Today, the left turntable wasn’t sending a signal to the mixer and the lead was hardwired in so Andy had to swap it for another one and wire it back in.

So I set up and had a cheeky vodka as Andy fixed one of the lights.  Emma and Susan had arrived and my other friends Dave, Rob and Laura.  I was very happy to see them!

We opened at 11pm.  Hazel (from work) and her fella came at about 12 and then no-one… at gone 12.30 Andy decided to lock up and we would just have a bit of a private party as he thought no-one else would come.  My other friends from work hadn’t turned up and the people who had rang earlier in the day to ask if they could get in in fancy dress also hadn’t turned up so I agreed with him.

Andy sent the staff home and moments later two of my workmates Kellie and Laura turned up.  I was really made up that they had made the effort. Jabez in not in the centre of Manchester so you have to get a taxi from town.  Then, Emma appeared, followed by 20+ people….dressed as penguins.  I mean full penguin suits with feet and beaks and everything.

I could’t quite believe my eyes!!  It was proper surreal, they went straight on the dancefloor and stayed there until we closed at 3am. but it made it one of the most memorable night I have ever had!  shame I was in work and up at 8.15 the next morning!

Everyone seemed to love the music no matter what I played.  The penguins had lots of requests but they were really polite and friendly so it wasn’t a problem.  When i finished they clapped and cheered which was rather lovely and stayed and chatted to us as I was packing up to go.  They were saying that they couldn’t believe how quiet it was and that if more people (especially the students) knew about it then it would be heaving and asking when the next one was.

Hopefully this means that the old ‘word of mouth’ style of promotion will start to kick in and that Daft Funk may well live long and prosper.

The day before DAFT FUNK 2….

Its the second Daft Funk tomorrow.  I went flyering in Manchester after work yesterday and managed to get a few to some people sat outside Dry Bar and Night and Day.

The build up to this one hasn’t been nearly as stressful.  I’ve done the usual posting of tunes, event sharing and invites.  However, I did get in trouble off Skiddle! (where I have the event listed).  You can add your group (of which I have exactly 1 member-me) to your events so they are notified when you add a new one.  When you list a new event it gives you the option to add groups.  Other peoples groups.  So i looked down the list of groups and ticked any Manchester based ones and any that looked like they were connected to the kind of music i play.  Skiddle suspended my event listing as I had broken the rules! If you cannot add these groups then why is the option to do it there?!  Needless to say I have re-listed.

There’s a party of people coming from work this time as its my friend Alanah’s birthday.  I’m looking forward to it (and slightly dreading it) at the same time.  I’ll be waiting for the inevitable moment when someone says ‘can you play something good?’.  If you are a DJ you will know how offensive this is.  Its pretty much saying ‘you have crap taste!’.  Its almost like turning to your best friend on a night out and saying ‘you could have worn something nice’

I’m also worried that if the venue is empty that they will think its lame and wanna go somewhere else. Or feel they have to stay and not enjoy themselves.  However, I’m hoping that once everyone has a few vodka’s and shots down them they will just get in to the music and have fun!

Here’s hoping people turn up…..

PS: I have a section called ‘Questions 4U’. I wanted to some research on people’s opinions on what makes a good clubnight. I have posted this request on facebook and twitter before and even though loads of people read it no one put anything.  I would really appreciate some feedback if anyone has the time. thanks x