Start ’Em Young
Forcing music lessons on your kids is a good way to turn them off of music forever. But babies can’t say no (well, they can, but it means nothing). Still, a baby is going to have a hard time learning piano or guitar with their little fingers and tiny brains, so why not get them started with DJ lessons? A Brooklyn, N.Y., (of course) DJ and composer has been getting press recently for running a “Baby DJ School” out of a thrift store, schooling toddlers under 3 years old on how to mix and match tracks, push play and politely decline outlandish requests for bad Bon Jovi songs (see below).
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The backstory behind some ongoing lawsuits with ties to mouse head-wearing Electronic superstar Deadmau5 and Jersey-bred rockers Bon Jovi could be the source of another sequel to The Hangover, if it wasn’t so unbelievable. In 2011, Deadmau5 was DJing at a Vegas club when he got an offer he couldn’t refuse — a rich businessman/big-time gambler offered him $200,000 to play Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” (not normally in the Deadmau5 repertoire). The song was played, the high-roller came on stage uninvited (his name in flashing lights, thanks to the accommodating hotel/casino the nightclub is in) and, when the DJ’s agent approached him later to pay up, he angrily refused. Deadmau5 got his money from his agents, but a string of lawsuits ensued (a settlement was reached, but has not yet been finalized). And now heckler shouts of “‘Livin’ on a Prayer’!!!” will be commonplace at every Deadmau5 show for the foreseeable future.
Read about the whole, convoluted saga here.