A DJ has apologised for the behaviour of his agent after he threatened to “bite” a club promoter who failed to deliver on his demands.
The agent for French DJ Jeremy Underground claimed a four star hotel was not good enough and insisted on five star accommodation in Edinburgh.
Lionel Marciano demanded the five star Sheraton Grand - where rooms start at £375 and suites cost at least £594 - because it offered a sauna and gym for his “stressed-out dude” client.
But Marciano’s brinkmanship backfired when club night promoters cancelled the DJ’s appearance, railing against the “bullying” and “ridiculous demands” of some artists.
Marciano then sent a series of text and email messages in which he threatened: “I am going to bite you and believe me you are going to lose some blood.”
Another threatened: “I am on your case. Make the payment Asap. I’m going to f*** you man.”
DJ Underground had been due to perform at the launch party for Abstrakt hosted at La Belle Angele in Edinburgh tonight.
Writing on their Facebook page, the club night’s promoters said: “It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the performance of Jeremy Underground.
“We have done so as a point of principle, against certain DJs/artists bullying small promoters and holding them to ransom over ridiculous demands.”
They said they had already lost money after cancelling two other hotel bookings and that the demand for a room at the Sheraton would have cost them a further £614, plus cancellation costs, a total of £1551.
DJ Underground said in a statement: “My agent got a bit angry. And yes things got out of control.
“I know he already apologised to the promoters. I apologise on behalf of him as well.”
But he refused to apologise for the request itself and said: “Nope I won’t apologise for requesting the Sheraton, considering that afterwards after I realised it was too expensive I just wanted to pay for it myself.
“Btw not so long ago I was backpacking in Kyrgyzstan, Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, place that your embassies would recommend you not to go to. So did I become a diva? Nope I don’t think so. I just want my comfort. I’m a stressed-out dude, I want my sauna the day after the gig.”
“Overall in seven years I don’t think many promoters can complain about me.
“Yes I can be moody sometimes. But if the party’s right, I’m always trying to give the best of myself.”
Reacting on Abstrakt’s Facebook page, music fans were not impressed with Underground and his agent.
Heather Piper said: “Absolutely disgusting behaviour. Heard about this lot before, they are making a name for themselves as bullies.”
Daniel Howell wrote: “Hahahaha. Jeremy sounds like right t***. I hope nobody books him in future.
“Good for you guys, well done for not backing down.”