In the last few hours there has been a media storm involving some of the most famous DJs on the scene, who reportedly asked their fans to support their tour managers, who are in crisis due to the current stop of events and club closures.
The media storm starts with a video shared by John Askew on his Instagram profile 2 days ago. The footage begins with a collection of instagram stories by DJs and producers such as Carl Cox, Dubfire and Joseph Capriati, who ask to support their tour managers by buying their mixes on Bandcamp and tagging an account named tntsofasessions – where TNT is the acronym for Tour Managers Not Touring.
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THIS. IS. AN. UTTER. SCANDAL. Out of desperation for income in these trying times the tour managers of some of worlds richest DJs launch a mix series to try and raise donations from the public to help keep themselves afloat while out of work. And then the millionaires they work for have the audacity to beg and plead to the general public to get involved / donate give money I’m guessing so that they don’t have to themselves!!!??. What the actual fuck???????? So the DJs in question are not covering the basic costs of the loyal warriors that baby sit them 24/7 during normal touring periods????? And not only that but they’re then asking you – the out of work / broke / skint general public to put your hand in your pocket to help cover these costs – so they don’t have to??????? Am I loosing my mind here or did what I just watched actually happen? I’m truly lost for words, shocked and a little sad. Shame on the managers who advised these DJs that this was a good idea. Some of these DJs were heroes to me but now any / all respect I had has been lost. If you are one of the tour managers who work for the DJs in this video I feel deeply deeply sorry for you. You’re at their side wiping their ass every second of every day while on tour and now they won’t repay the favour by helping you with a few chunks of change from their VAST wealth????? It’s as scandalous as Victoria Beckham trying to furlough all her staff so that the tax payer could cover their costs. Luckily though – she saw sense and reversed the request when public outrage subtly reminded her she’s a fucking millionaire a hundred times over so can cover those costs out of the coins in her solid gold handbag. This lock down brings out good in some but horrors in others. If you’re going to donate to anything – donate to the NHS or your own country’s front line medical services.
In the following minutes the protagonist of the video – John Askew – comments harshly on what happened:
“Let me get this straight, the richest DJs in the world are asking their audience who are currently skint – many have lost their jobs, others are getting a reduced salary – to buy their tour managers’ mixes to support them? Why? Why don’t the richest DJs in the world cover their costs by sharing these mixes for free? Or why don’t they donate this money to charity? […]”.
Following to the video, Dave Clarke post on Facebook his vision of the facts:
Ok explanation, for a brief second there was a video link up here which quite rightly disgraced many successful dj’s…
Soon arrive comments and answers that enrich the storm, among the most relevant those of Joseph Capriati and Seth Troxler.
(Comment by Joseph Capriati under Dave Clarke’s post)
From these first testimonies it seems to emerge that the whole thing has been organized to give support to tour managers in difficulty and that even if with little clarity everything has been organized with good purpose.
There are still a lot of questions that people ask themselves, among which, who will this money go to? Why are the Bandcamp mixes no longer present?
For the moment, we prefer not to express ourselves on the topic, simply reporting what happened. Pending further clarification, what do you think?