Several UK artists and the wider electronic music community are in outrage following an incident at London’s talisman nightclub Ministry of Sound this past weekend.
US DJ/Producer Gordo was in the capital on Saturday night for a headline slot in the famous Box room at the Gaunt Street venue. The artist formerly known as Carnage, among other monikers, has shot to prominence over the summer following the release of Drake’s ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ album, which credits Gordo among the list of musical contributors.
The events that ensued over the weekend have caused an instantaneous backlash from the artists affected, not to mention the social media fanfare that comes with depicting such a situation in an online public domain.
Waze, one half of renowned UK duo Waze & Odyssey, took to Twitter to give a first-person account of what many people have called completely unacceptable behaviour. In an apologetic tweet to those that had been wanting to see him play, Waze said: “Headline DJ refused to come off last night and the 2 acts after him (me and another DJ) lost our sets. I’m over a decade of playing I’ve honestly never seen this level of entitlement or arrogance and I’ve DJed with way bigger (and better) artists.”
Headline DJ refused to come off last night and the 2 acts after him (me and another DJ) lost our sets. I’m over a decade of playing I’ve honestly never seen this level of entitlement or arrogance and I’ve DJed with way bigger (and better) artists.— Waze (@Waze_Music) September 18, 2022
Essel, an increasingly-popular female UK talent, was also affected by Gordo’s unwillingness to relinquish control of the decks and took to social media to give compellingly transparent explanation of the situation. She took to her IG stories to apologise to fans whilst thanking MoS for their “professionalism” and Waze who, in her own words, “made my night worth it”.
In contrast to the positive aspects to Essel’s message around the encounter, she also shed light on being so “overwhelmed” by the situation, asking: “Can you imagine telling someone with Autism the plan has changed?”
At present, there has been no comment on the situation from Gordo.
Essel ain’t holding back the info 😂 pic.twitter.com/iOol73XYnR— xB1ack0pp5x🏴☠️ (@xB1ack0pp5x) September 18, 2022