A lot of promoters are guilty of booking amateur DJs who want nothing more than to steal the spotlight. This is annoying and frustrating, not only in how it relates to personal manners, but in how it wrecks the flow of an evening. Everyone wants to be a rock star.
Warm-up slots should be treated with the respect and care of any other time slot… including the headliner’s. This respect should be held by both the person organizing the event, and the person playing it. But many DJs feel annoyed when they get stuck playing early time slots.
A skilled warmup DJ, who is able to tune-in to the desires of both the audience and the promoter, is worth his or her weight in gold. So, what is it that keeps people from excelling as an opener, and enjoying it? Here are some common gripes: