Even the most casual of DOOM (formerly MF DOOM) fans are aware of that mask. The metal face piece is as synonymous to the Long Island producer-emcee as an eyepatch is to Slick Rick, a grill is to Paul Wall, or a tightly-packed blunt is to Snoop Dogg (and even more to his new-found alter-ego, Snoop Lion). But while DOOM’s intentional mystique is iconic, it can also lead to some confusion. Case in point: a recent gig at London’s Livin’ Proof.
While fans clambered into the club last night (August 25th) for the showcase dubbed Livin’ DOOM, as it turns out, the masked man who took to the stage wasn’t Daniel Dumile. The organisers protest their innocence in the bizarre event/sick joke, though.
Despite booking the gig legitimately, Livin’ Proof faced some confusion and diva behaviour from DOOM beforehand, as he demanded a higher fee or he said he’ll call off the show. He then later verbally committed to only appearing to sign autographs, not to DJ, but then strangely changed his mind minutes later.
As you’d expect, the whole fiasco left a pretty sour taste in the mouth of Livin’ Proof – and the fans, too, I would imagine. You can read the statement issued by the venue earlier today below.
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.