Lee Burridge, DJ and founder of All Day I Dream Records, took to Facebook to give his thoughts on the all-encompassing guest list.
“I decided after a summer of being bombarded with guest list requests that it was time to share a few thoughts from the industry side of things.” Lee continues, “I decided to write, on behalf of artists, promoters, managers and anyone else in general who works in the music industry (who shall henceforth be referred to as ‘we’) in regard to the (currently non existent) etiquette of soliciting a guest list spot.”
The record boss laid out an almost biblical set of guest list commandments that we clubbers and ravers should follow.
The first one is fairly simple: DJs have other stuff to do. They don’t want to be stuck reading messages all night asking if you can put them on the guest list for tonight’s show. Furthermore, do not ask generic questions about where the venue is located or their dress code policy. However, asking a DJ about their set time is kosher.
Secondly, if you are added to the guest list, don’t have the hutzpah to ask for your 10 friends to be added as well. You may look cool in front of your friends saying you and DJ go way back, but it is terribly annoying to the DJ and club owners.
Third, cut the small talk. Don’t message the DJ with a vanilla “Hey, how are you?” Or “how is your dog doing?” They can easily see through that and know you want one thing and one thing only, the holy grail.
Fourthly, accept “no” for an answer. If the DJ says they can’t add you, don’t go asking the club owner, bartenders, sound engineers, or whomever to be added. That trick won’t work.
Fifth, if you are added, do not assume that it is a perpetual spot. It goes by a show-to-show basis. And for God’s sake, if you are added, ATTEND.
Lastly, realize that by you buying a ticket to the show, you are supporting the musicians, owners, staff, and sometimes the city itself. Splurge and get the $10 ticket.
Now, there is nothing wrong with asking–from time to time–to be added to the guest list. It has been a way of life since the genesis of live shows. Just use it sparingly, don’t ask for 10 friends to be added, accept no for an answer, and show up if you are added. See you on the dance floor.