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Diesel's DJ etiquette - 'no interrupting (please)'

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Friday, September 15, 2006

X Press 2 star Diesel chatted to Skrufff this week about clubbers who pester DJs with requests and said he understands though disapproves of those who insist on commenting.

“Without sounding too fancy, when you’re DJing you really are communicating to an audience and when someone wants to talk to you, it’s just like someone butting in on a conversation,” he suggested.

“So it’s rude in a way and I almost feel like saying ‘do you mind, ‘m having a conversation with those people. And you think, what would it be like the other way round, if they were a plumber for example, and I went up to them and kept tapping him on the shoulder while he was doing his job, going ‘scuse me, ‘scuse me’.  He’d be like ‘look, I’m at work’.”

Diesel stressed he’s entirely comfortable with criticism in any form, unlike house pioneer Frankie Knuckles, who told Skrufff last month he loathes people talking to him, with critics more often than not ruining his entire night.

“Sometimes you get individuals who think I’m just not playing well enough and come up and say something. I don’t know these people and they don’t know me, but they think they do and they don’t seem to realise that when they come and interrupt me to say something like that, they completely break my concentration, destroying my evening,” Frankie said.