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Tuesday, 03 August 2010 00:00

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Are you a DJ and feel you are being hi-jacked for more than your musical talents by employers?  Do your employers consist of bar owners, restaurant owners and club owners? Do you feel your employers add hidden duties onto your list of responsibilities and garnish your pay when you don’t deliver? If you do it must mean you are a DJ in Toronto, Canada.

Yes it is a sad state of affairs when the establishments that employ DJ’s for your talent as an environmental vibe master (aka DJ) and refuse to cough up your pay when their cash registers at the end of the night do not meet their unwarranted expectations. Those expectations are often over estimated considering the lack of effort the establishment has actually put into filling their place and beefing up their sales. This act is called PROMOTION for those who don’t know.  Promotion and Marketing is a skilled field and requires employment of a professional to ensure delivery of positive results. (*A professional is a member of a vocation founded upon specialized educational training. Wikipedia). The duties of promoting an establishment do not lie within the hands of the DJ. The DJ’s duties are to simply play music and create an atmosphere that reflects the likings of the establishment and keep the dance floor bouncing. That also includes the ability to clear a dance floor at the right time to allow patrons to go to the bar and spend their money on drinks.

Toronto establishments are giving themselves a bad name in the house scene as bad employers. I urge you Toronto establishments to spend the money on promotional teams and not to rip the DJ off at the end of the night after they have played a 5-6 hour set and the job is done. Although many of the establishments pay cash it does not mean you have the right to treat your staff as Mexicans of the north. Pay your bills as promised. How would you like it if your patrons drank all night and at the end decided not to pay the tab because they didn’t like the music and there was no recourse for you to take?
And to the DJ’s, I urge you to be better business people and collectively decide which establishments are bad employers. Perhaps start a board, a union to protect your rights. I ask you which looser does a job and accepts not being paid after the job is done? Please don’t tell me it"s you!

Shame on you!

by P. Herrington