I'm sure by now you've all heard the story about the guy who was partying in XS, Las Vegas, who just happened to be a gazillionaire businessman, and wanted to hear Bon Jovi's '"Living On A Prayer" played, so he paid for the privilege. Well, it isn't so straight forward as that; it involves a dodgy deal, $200,000, one of the world's top entertainment agents, and Deadmau5. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story today -- and I say story because it's so utterly laughable that it ACTUALLY happened and sounds made up -- and it's spread like wildfire across social media.
So, the "story" goes that the guy, Don Johnson (not the actor) offered Deadmau5 $200,000 to play the track. This wasn't done directly, it was done via Deadmau5' agent, presumably William Morris Endeavor head honcho Joel Zimmerman. It's here things get a little confusing; For all you non educated Deadmau5 fans, him and his agent share the same name. Just to make that very easy for those who have a confused look just now, they are BOTH called Joel Zimmerman. What are the chances, eh? To make this simple, we'll call Joel from WME "The Agent," and Joel the DJ, "Mau5." You guys still with me?
So, Don Johnson
told the co owner of XS
, Jessie Waits
, that he would pay $200,000
to hear 'Living On A Prayer
' played in the club. Jessie Waits
, told him that "Mau5
" was playing that night so he made the introduction and a deal was done between "The Agent
", and Don Johnson
to hear the song, with "Mau5
" obviously approving the deal. It's at this point you can start questioning how low the dance music scene has fallen and how much it's been "sold out," when one of it's top artist take requests for cash.
But wait, there's more. Once the song was played by "Mau5
" and Johnson got on the stage to make himself known to the crowd (is anyone else dying of embarrassment for the guy yet) with his name flashing up on-screen and having a dance with "Mau5
" (seriously, check the video below), Johnson refused to pay the money. He then got into an angry confrontation with Jessie Waits
and told him he wasn't paying him and never agreed to it in the first place. There are also reports that Johnson gave over $50k (as you do, because we all have that kind of cash lying around) and THEN asked for it back as it was a loan to "Mau5
." You know, because the DJ who commands in excess of $100k a gig needs to borrow some money.
This has now descended into a HUGE legal nightmare for all parties with no one backing down. No word yet if an agreement has been reached or ever will.
So there you have it. The next time you're at a club and the DJ drops a track that makes you question it's place in their set, look about for a guy making an absolute fool of himself on the dancefloor and you can bet he paid handsomely to hear it. You can also bet that, after this debacle, he was made to pay upfront!
Check out the video below: