I Once DJed a Catholic High School Prom. It Was a Living Hell

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Fabian Ortiz
Not the actual DJ writing this...
[Editor's Note: Recently, Heard Mentality received an email from local DJ who told us about the worst gig he ever played. It happened to be at J.Serra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano. We felt bad for the poor guy because of his shitty experience. We also thought it was funny as hell. And since it's prom season, we figured we'd share it with you.]
By: Drue Mitchell
First off I want to say, that I am going to just tell you guys what happened. By no means is this malicious, or vengeful, and I do not want to offend anyone. There are two reasons I say this. Number 1 is that an extended family member is the one who got me the gig referral, although she doesn't work for JSerra High School anymore (*go figure). Number 2 is that I am the eldest son of a car dealer, and I grew up going to an affluent private school until high school. SO, I know that even though it is a different life and would like to point out, that these kids and children do not choose this life, just like anything else they are born into it. But, having said that, they DO choose how they will act and an unfortunate side effect is entitlement, and that is where the authority issue that seemed to plague my situation stems from. I have been a professional wedding & event DJ for over 10 years and I wish I was joking when I say the gig I did for J. Serra was the worst DJ gig I have ever done.

I was asked by my extended family member (*lets call her Tammi to protect her) who was working in the after-school activities department to DJ the high school's Homecoming a few years ago. She hired me several months before the event and told me there would be some vendor forms, and insurance things we'd need to get done beforehand. I have played fancy hotels and flown to do gigs all over the US so I understand that and have a real booking agent that I am contracted, licensed, insured and bonded through. The first visit to JSerra was not bad, it was around lunchtime for the students, I had a small tour of the place and had to get the schematics of the gym I was playing in. We were going to meet and talk about the gig, what they were expecting, and so forth. The student girls were just as you'd expect, little OC hottie miss know-it-alls, but they were ok.

As I started to tell them about the sound we were going to need and the cost, the school officials that were present started to shrink, and tell me that it was going to be too much and asked if there was anyway we go a cheaper route. Let me stop and say that this gym was HUGE, we were going to need thousands of dollars worth of sound and its not just something you can plug into a wall, we would need outside power (*basically a generator). The student planners were adamant about the extra lighting, color and placement of that lighting. There was a theme to the dance and the lighting had to match. Like most big gigs like this, I let them tell me what they want, I quote them a price, simple. It's the way most vendors work, right? People, if you want the BMW of sound and lighting, you can't pay a used '99 Volvo price. After a long back-n-forth about the pricing of the quotes we finally reached an agreement.

Contacting the company I outsource the gear for the bigger gigs, I booked all the sound and lighting and since it did require a generator, I had to hire one of their guys to help me for set up and tear down. Meanwhile, at JSerra, some of the school staff involved changed, or also got involved and I guess they saw the invoice I had sent them and Tammi contacts me saying, "Hey, the asst. asst. principal wants to talk to you about how much everything is, can you come talk to her?"

Back down I go for another midday meeting. This time sitting in the waiting room of the principals office, I see one of the student girls that was in the previous meeting and I look up and say hello. She scoffs out loud and I can hear her friend says,"Who is that?" After 45-minute wait, I get to see this other principal lady. She goes on to wear me out about the pricing as well, at this time I started to get a feeling down in my gut that I might want to flip this to another DJ, but they had already signed all the contracts, just getting the school to approve the amount of my quote I guess was the problem. I told her she could make it less if there was not so much extra lighting, but the sound was going to need to stay the same if they wanted it to fill the whole gym. She chopped off a few hundred dollars of lighting and told me she would talk to Tammi and the students involved about the change.

Fast forward to the night of the gig, I got there 3 hours ahead of the agreed-upon time frame just because I still had a bad feeling about it. As the sound engineer and I set up and dialed in the sound I had the lighting rigs sitting where they were going to be, the student decoration crew come in and who is leading the charge? Ms. Snootypants from the principal office. She walks up to me and says, "Ummmmh where is the rest of the lighting?" I told her that principal rolled the budget back and cut some of the extras. As the steam rise out of her ears, she said, (and I quote) "That fuckin' bitch she doesn't know what she is talking about! Go get it!" I tried to explain to her that the rental company is not open on Saturdays and its in East Anaheim, she continued to lambaste with colorful profanity the assistant principal and in frustration yell at the other students to hurry up.



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112 comments
Ray Hernandez
Ray Hernandez

Yes OC Weakly I did, and thanks for taking the time to share your professionalism with us you idiot Lol

Cassidy Lawley
Cassidy Lawley

And they have a right to reply to that reader however they'd like...

PaulyWalnuts
PaulyWalnuts

This story sounds like just a story. Two sides to every story.

Shelly Carter Jaksch
Shelly Carter Jaksch

Thanks Mike....and I shouldn't have called her that name and responded back with nastiness either. I'm just so sick of people sitting anonymously behind a keyboard and spewing venom and hate at people. Thanks for reminding me I'm better than that!!

Mike Cueto
Mike Cueto

When someone attacks another persons character rather than giving legitimate reasons why the opposing sides argument is invalid, it makes them look desperate and weak. Think nothing of it. If someone can support their thoughts with facts, in a polite, respectful and knowledgeable manner...that's when one makes a point. Attacking a person when you know nothing of who they are, what battles they are facing or have faced....proves that person isn't arguing the topic at hand, but the mindlessly attacking others to make himself/herself stand out.

Mike Cueto
Mike Cueto

Oy. Doesn't matter what the "purpose" is, a Christian and a catholic are not the same. And this is an article about a catholic high school. Therefore, for the purposes of having a legitimate discussion and for others to not make fools of themselves, I made an observation. If we were discussing something that happened at BYU, we wouldn't say "for the purpose of discussion, Christian=Mormon=catholic" there is a difference in religions and I merely made a statement saying people who are calling the religions te same, are wrong.

jeremyst97
jeremyst97

I'm from OC and I have never heard of kids being this horrible to a DJ at school...but I have also never met a spoiled kid who, goes to a "private" school because they are rich either! HAHAHAHAHA poor DJ though....

Shelly Carter Jaksch
Shelly Carter Jaksch

She's ignorant and not worth the time it takes to respond to her ignorance. Even though I did because I'm not gonna let some little bitch talk shit.

Shelly Carter Jaksch
Shelly Carter Jaksch

You have serious problems Dana. Get a life and stop bashing everyone else for having an opinion.

Shelly Carter Jaksch
Shelly Carter Jaksch

I don't know what you are saying "oh well" to her for but, I'm gonna agree with you because she has some serious issues. She left a nasty comment on my comment. She needs to get a life and stop bashing people!!

Shelly Carter Jaksch
Shelly Carter Jaksch

Wow....you're a bitch aren't ya? Nothing better to do with your life? I got it from the first line of the article BEFORE the editors note where it says "Not the actual DJ writing this..." I didn't say I knew anything about the school since she graduated...I simply said those things didn't happen when she was there. AND, I never said I was looking for real news from OC Weekly...another example of your ignorance. I was simply voicing my opinion which I have every right to do. You, however, have no right to bash people just for leaving their opinion. Now kindly remove the stick from your a** and get a life.

Lum Pia
Lum Pia

Oh well Diana Sapien.

sarah_g
sarah_g

Because of the editor's note at the beginning of the article, I can't comment on the accuracy of these specific events.

Here's what I can tell you: many of the Christian institutions, missionaries, that my husband and I have worked with have all had an attitude of entitlement. Everything from "I'm a Christian and you're a Christian so you should give me a discount" to a full on tantrum in Subway because my husband wouldn't buy a paying client his lunch. Trying to make someone else look like an asshole because "I'm a missionary!!" doesn't bode well for future business or friendship.

Somewhere along the lines, Christian organizations and churches have skewed the thought process. Instead of serving others, they all but demand to be served in the name of salvation. It's a major part of the reason why we've stopped going to church. We don't need to practice our faith in a place where emotional strong-arming is accepted and even encouraged. If you ever see behind the shiny exterior, you'll find that many pastors of large churches are like this.

As for this school in general, I've witnessed a JSerra boy straight up verbally abuse a cashier at In-N-Out for not being able to break a $100 bill even though the establishment had at least THREE posted signs stating they don't accept bills larger than $20.

I grew up in south county, and I can't tell you how much I hated the elitist attitude. Being shunned because you don't live in the "right" neighborhood, and the assumption that your parents don't make the "right" amount of money is utterly ridiculous. The thing is, my parents had a lot of money, but that didn't make me a self-entitled little brat.

Carlos Vasquez
Carlos Vasquez

Don't blame the church no need to hate on religion. The school on the other hand! Wow! What a shame all that money and no class

Steve Nieto
Steve Nieto

Can't confirm, deny, explain, or excuse any of what was written. Our students are like any other, teens, brats, rude at times and again just like any other High Schoolers. Being that we are Catholic we are held to a higher standard, as we should be. If we did not meet that expectation, I do apologize on behave of Christians, Catholics, all Private Schools, and most of all JSCHS.

Shelly Carter Jaksch
Shelly Carter Jaksch

My daughter went to JSerra and nothing like this ever happened. There is no excuse for rude behavior of any kind. But did anyone notice the beginning of the article states that it wasn't written by the "actual DJ"? So how do we even know it actually happened?? Seems more like someone wanted to write a funny/controversial article because they didn't have any REAL news to report. Well, they got the controversial part...not doing so well with the "funny" aspect. That's the problem with the "news" today.....it's not news...it's just a bunch of mindless crap. Have a nice day y'all!!

Shelly Carter Jaksch
Shelly Carter Jaksch

Wow OC Weekly.....way to be rude to your reader for leaving a comment. He has as much right to voice his opinion as you do to write yours.

Eli Rainwaters
Eli Rainwaters

Ya, I have no sympathy for idiots. Putting aside all of the typical, (and deserved) bashing of a rich school and students with a sense of entitlement, if this guy is such a professional and had SOOOOO much experience, why the hell did he think it was ok to negitiate price with a bunch of high school girls? DUMBASSS.

Alli Burick
Alli Burick

I just think it's more of the fact they are spoiled. I was raised Christian and never have I ever been this rude towards someone

Edward Daoud
Edward Daoud

Dude, it has become much worse since we graduated. These damn kids think they're "all that" because they have big houses and bigger egos. People, especially teens, who think they're better than everyone else because of money really piss me off and need a serious reality check

Lum Pia
Lum Pia

Wow!! That's ISSUE private Catholic school for ya! Went my whole life and it was painful. However, this type of cruel education paid off and I did not end up w 5 different baby daddies. Needless to say, I will NOT be sending our son to JSerra if this is how students and faculty behave at this school.

Ana-Julia Ferrer
Ana-Julia Ferrer

Kids are just assholes these days and it's the parents fault. Take their credit cards and cellphones away

Ana-Julia Ferrer
Ana-Julia Ferrer

Are you surprised? Spoiled brats and catholic school is the worst combo ever

Mike Cueto
Mike Cueto

How did this turn into an attCk on Christians by so many people? It's one djs crap experience with crap people. Also, it's a catholic school, not Christian. Sorry this dude had to deal with horrible people that treated him this way, nobody deserves that. This isn't meant to be an attack on Christians, Catholics or any specific "type" of person. It's an article written about a crap event that a bunch of people who think they are better than everyone else. What jserra did in not paying the man was ridiculous especially when parents pay upwards of $20k a year. The administration dropped the ball and created a terrible environment for a DJ to perform his artistry. Sorry this happened to the guy

Allie Keye
Allie Keye

It's sad how fast things change... Don't you agree kayla?

Kayla Carter
Kayla Carter

It wasn't like that for my 2009 class either I loved all our DJs and we never complained!

Mel Kinnee
Mel Kinnee

This is an example of our upcoming adults...parents!!!!! Pitiful & sad----no family structure...fortunately I won't be around long enough to be disgusted with it every day!

santosmichael51
santosmichael51

Not sure if you have cleared this up yet, but the note underneath the photo that says "Not the actual DJ writing this" is only referring to the photo. I know this only because OC Weekly does that from time to time, I will agree it's confusing but that is what they are referring to

tony
tony

I think the comment, "Not the actual DJ writing this...", is referring to the picture of the DJ.  The by-line, Drue Mitchell seems to be a real DJ, www.djdruemitchell.com

vekron99
vekron99

Catholics =/= Christians?  Really?  Privileged WASPS act like this, too.

andrewkeshmiri
andrewkeshmiri

Catholics are Christians, just like Shi'a are still Muslims the same as Sunnis. Only a very convicted Chrisitian of a different branch of Christianity other than Catholicism would say that a Catholic isn't a Christian.

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