DJ Disasters: Friendly Fires

When it all goes wrong...
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Every DJ has one.

A night when everything that can possibly go wrong does - and it does so in spectacular fashion. A new series, ClashMusic brings you DJ Disasters, featuring some of the most respected figures in the dance world reminiscing about those moments when it all went badly wrong.

Next up: Friendly Fires' Jack Savidge. A drummer by day, the musician is able to indulge his love of dance music with a Twilight DJ career. Taking him around the world, Savidge has earned respect in his own right with a series of dextrous mixes that shift from underground cuts to all out club classics.

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I’ve been DJing longer than the band has existed – well the Friendly Fires version of what we do. It’s nice to be able to take something that’s been a hobby for ages and do it properly, play in some good clubs. I play house and techno, but sometimes our hardcore Friendly Fires turn up and ask for ‘Jump In The Pool’. I treat it as a fun hobby.

It didn’t go all wrong in a musical sense, but it definitely went wrong once when I wet my turf while DJing in Toronto.

I don’t know. It was a really good gig and it was all going really well, but if you drink while you DJ then eventually you’re going to need a piss after about two hours. There was probably a point where I thought I’m going to forego the sensible opportunity to have a piss in order to push it harder. You know, the crowd were going nuts and it was going really well.

Eventually I had to run off the decks, so I ran behind the decks where he saw... He could see what was going on. He directed me outside and then I had to somehow get myself back from the fire escape, back round the front and onto the decks to mix the next record. That was a DJ disaster. But the gig was good!

I’m told by a few DJ friends that what you have to do is get it into a pint glass and leave it underneath the desk. But I was never aware of that. Apparently that’s really common, it’s just what you do. I was new to that concept but I’m going to have to start doing that now - even though it’s a bit disgusting. I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve always been wary. I learned from it. I don’t want to pish my kecks, so it’s something to remember for the future.

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Friendly Fires spoke to ClashMusic as part of the RizLab project.

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