It seems that once more the man behind the mask takes liberties regarding turning up for shows...
Fans of the masked mysterious Long Island rapper MF Doom were left with a sour taste in their mouth this weekend as the rapper sent a "imposter" to DJ at a London gig for him. Fellow London Hip Hop promoters, Livin' Proof had booked DOOM for an intimate DJ gig on Aug 25th in a small East London venue. After booking the rapper legitimately through all the correct avenues, Livin' Proof were held to ransom as DOOM or DOOM's people demanded more money and claimed he would only turn up and sign autographs instead of the DJ set he had been paid for. Then as stated before, he sent a fake DOOM to the venue to DJ. WTF?
Indeed WTF? To be honest, this whole fiasco pissed us off. Mad disrespectful.
Especially for an artist of DOOM's calibre, who so many people (including ourselves), LOVE what he is all about. I mean, the dude earned himself his own genre in my iTunes library for fucks sake. How hard is it to come and spin some tunes for an hour to loads of your fans? For probably quite a substantial fee.... IMO - TOTAL Wack Move.
Livin' Proof's Statement is here to read:-
"To everyone who came down to our Livin’ DOOM event on Saturday and are questioning whether that was the real DOOM – we are in the same position as you. We had a legitimate contracted gig from his official booking agent and were in contact throughout the booking process with his US management, and label. We were even talking and working with the promoters of DOOM’s forthcoming London live shows in October and November.
As far as we were concerned, the real DOOM was going to appear… we received news from DOOM’s management on the morning of the gig that DOOM wanted more money or he would not show up. This show was done and intended as a very special and intimate show which was not about making money but putting on an incredible party in a very small capacity venue. As we wanted the show to go ahead and was left to ransom to this extortionate request, we agreed this even though this was a breach of our agreed contract. In hindsight, we should have cancelled the show then and there…
At 9.30pm after we had open the doors, we were told by management that he would appear but would not DJ and was just going to sign autographs. We said this was unacceptable as we had agreed and paid for a DJ set… 10 minutes later we received a call saying that he would DJ… Or that’s what we were led to believe.
As many of the people in the venue noticed, there is a very strong possibility the person that was finally sent down was not DOOM himself.
Doing this show has taught us a lot about how some artists operate and how they feel they can treat others and, most importantly, their fans. As fans of DOOM ourselves, this has left a very sour taste in our mouth.
Anyone who has been to Livin’ Proof parties always know that we do our utmost to provide the best quality show and we are so sorry for anyone who came down and were disappointed by the DJ set from the artist supposedly meant to be DOOM.
We will do our utmost to make this up to anyone who purchased a ticket for this event. We paid the fee upfront to Daniel Dumile’s bank account and have the receipts to prove this. We will be seeking legal advice and are doing our best to get his show fee refunded from DOOM and his management and will then take suitable steps after this action.
All the best,
Livin’ Proof Crew.
Livin’ Proof Crew.
Massive shouts to Rags, Khalil, Snips, Budgie & The Last Skeptik.
Sorry that you had to deal with that shit.