Gordo (fka Carnage) Refused to End His Set at London Nightclub, Other DJs on Lineup Respond

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UPDATE September 20, 2:23pm MT: Gordo has released a statement addressing the issue. This piece has been updated to include it.

Carnage may have changed his name to Gordo, but the controversy that tends to orbit the DJ/producer (real name Diamanoté Blackmon) remains. Over the weekend, Blackmon was booked to play Ministry of Sound, a prominent, all-night-long club in London. According to both Waze and Essel, the two DJs that were supposed to play after him, Blackmon refused to end his set, forcing them to sit on the sidelines.

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

Waze, a London-based veteran in the house and techno scene, claimed that he had “never seen this level of entitlement or arrogance” in his career and that he’s “DJed with way bigger (and better) artists.” Essel had never played at Ministry of Sound before and was excited to make her debut that night in the main room. In her post addressing the incident, she said she drove 10 hours to play the show and that she was “extremely disappointed.”

There are so many different things wrong with this situation that it’s hard to unpack it all. Yes, bumping other artists on a lineup without any type of communication is highly disrespectful. If Blackmon wanted to play all night long, he could have billed his performance as an “all night” set, which is not uncommon. Blackmon said in his statement that he was told that his time slot was “flexible” and that he didn’t know Waze and Essel were both going to be bumped.

While we have statements from all parties affected in this situation, The Ministry of Sound certainly could clear the air with one of their own. Did their promoter tell Blackmon he could play as long as he wanted without communicating with Waze and Essel?

ThisSongIsSick has reached out to the Ministry of Sound for further comment.


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