US tech/ house star Josh Wink sent out a series of unhappy Tweets following his headline appearance at Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival this week, after apparently performing a disastrous set at the hugely popular annual street festival.

“It’s hard in front of 12,000 people to have technical issues. I'm sorry. I did my best under the circumstances but as you saw, it wasn’t typical for me,’ he complained soon after the gig, followed by a couple more messages suggesting he’d had a rotten time.

“Lack of sleep and food plus weird state of mind after performance: do stupid things like lose camera,” he Tweeted hours later, “I guess someone needed it more than I. Later Detroit,” he added.

His unfortunate experience was matched by next generation progressive trance star Gareth Emery who chatting to Skrufff several years ago admitted one of his worst gigs was caused by his own hand, when he inadvertently turned off the wrong CDJ deck during his debut gig at Godskitchen,

“It happened about six tunes into my first ever set there and I ended up plunging the entire club into silence for a few seconds,” he shuddered.

“It was going great up until that stage, until I got a bit over-zealous and royally fucked it up. Although I laughed it off, I felt absolutely gutted until Mark from Godskitchen came over and told me not to worry because a pretty big DJ had done exactly the same thing the week before, which made me feel a bit better. The rest of the set was wicked,” said Gareth.

Czech star DJ Lucca had a tougher nightmare set in Germany when she opened Chris Liebing’s stage at a high profile festival several years ago, though like Josh Wink was handicapped by technical issues beyond her control.

“I was supposed to play the first set and the equipment there was great but when I mixed in my headphones perfectly, there was a two second delay in the output,” the technically expert spinner told Skrufff,com (also in a previous chat).

“So I was wondering what was going on and I talked to the technician and he checked everything and said it was all fine, then he started telling my tour manager that I couldn’t mix,” she continued, “Then the other guys came and they were looking at me like I couldn’t mix as well. So I told the next DJ what was happening and he was a sound engineer, and he discovered that because Chris Leibing had a lot of effects plugged in they were causing this delay. He repaired it and put it to back to zero and then after that everything was OK.”

The mix-up took 45 minutes of her 90 minute set to fix, however, becoming one of the toughest gigs of her career, she admitted.

“I played for another forty five minutes then afterwards I got so drunk that they had to take me to the hotel, because it was such a dreadful situation. The technician was looking at me like I was a girl who I couldn’t mix but then everybody was saying to the technician that he wasn’t behaving very nicely and he should apologize. It was a real disaster,” she said.

In more recent (and happier) news, Lucca’s currently taking an extended sabbatical from DJing, explaining on her website from ‘No gigs due to pregnancy break’ (from May to October).

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