Way back in December 2012, underground legend DJ Shadow was booked to play Miami’s Mansion Nightclub as part of his “All Basses Covered” DJ tour. But as the story goes, the promoter of the venue didn’t think DJ Shadow’s mixture of trap, backbeat, and glitch-hop was appropriate for the venue and asked him to end his set early.
“I’ve waited a long time to play here, but they said this shit is too future for y’all,” DJ Shadow told the crowd. Later, he wrote on Twitter, “I don’t care if I get kicked out of every rich kid club on the planet. I will never sacrifice my integrity as a DJ… ever #AllBassesCovered”
The promoter has since apologized to DJ Shadow, citing an error in judgment. “We have learned a lot from this error and made changes within our organization to ensure that Mansion’s vision, and the vision of our guests, will never be compromised again,” the promoter explained in a statement.
Over the weekend, DJ Shadow’s team uploaded the controversial set to SoundCloud, which you stream in full below. In the description box, they wrote: “Beginning in the Summer of 2012 with his Low End Theory guest spots, DJ Shadow’s ‘All Basses Covered’ set has morphed and evolved to incorporate as many different contemporary genres of urban and electronic music as possible. From hardcore rap to footwork and juke and beyond, Shadow has combed the web to curate seamless and dexterous blends of the most progressive sounds bubbling up from the underground. ‘Too hard?’ ‘Too future?’ Or just too raw? As always, DJ Shadow has provoked crucial flashpoints of discussion about the discipline of DJ’ing that have defined our turbulent times.”