How night clubs get bad reputations, and the nice and tidy system.
I used to be roommates for a week with this week’s Elysium Club’s guest DJ Lore. $2000 worth of records were stolen from my apartment that week. This was back in 1998. Jerks. How much of the theft was DJ Lore, and how much was his buddy DJ Rain was a matter of debate. Yet many people have later complained of belongings being missing after DJ Lore came to play. DJ Lore (Who often goes by Maven, for Maven-Lore never using a normal person name = a very bad sign) and his buddy Rane had no permission at all to steal my belongings, The Record Store (Dark Entries, where I later found some of my old high priced special order Ramones and Bauhaus records with my sticker name tags still on them) described him and his buddy as the guys trying to fence my things in the 90s all over New Orleans. If these are the guys from New Orleans they are still promoting at Vampire fan fiction events here in Austin, they have big problems.
No I am not going to the Friday night event I just saw promoted online. I miss New Orleans because I went to four years of University there, but there are some people and some parts New Orleans filled with gangster con artists I don’t miss. This is one of the reasons why as I am going back to school this week I am taking off music fan images from my social media profiles. I don’t want teachers to mistake me for one of the “bad” downtown people. Many nice students go to night clubs to dance a bit, eat some nachos, play some video games, and meet new friends quickly. Some students have traveled far for work and school, so they need to meet new friends fast. After meeting friends night life has sentimental value, and they go to good shows for the good memories.
Yet there is the dark underbelly of downtown life, and you don’t want to step in it. Some women strip all week, to go out clubbing on the weekend. They roofie people and get married rich guys and ladies to tell them all about their rich houses, and then have gangster boyfriends rob everyone. A man would dare not tell their wife how the information for a robbery was gotten if a flirty girl was involved, kids don’t want to talk about wild parties to parents, and so many of these robberies go unreported. It is a tidy system. These gangster guys become very popular at clubs with the best music, clothes, cars, and DJ rigs they can afford with all their stolen cash. With this popularity they can talk more girls and friends into doing their scams. Evil DJs then dabble in every kind of music from Country, to R n B, to Synthpop, Electronic, and even Goth scenes. I was a broke student on scholarship, but evidently they mistook me for someone wealthy enough to afford their crimes. I was not, but it was hard to prove. Records and TVs don’t come with VIN numbers, and record stores and pawn shops nearby would not refund my money. My house was cleaned out like Grinch-who-stole-Christmas had been there after I let the wrong friend sleep on my couch. This is how night clubs get very bad reputations. In towns with high tourist populations like Las Vegas, Miami, and New Orleans this can go on a very long while. Austin as it grows bigger becomes more of a target by the day. It is sort of scary to see more of the questionable gangster names from New Orleans appear on more and more Austin event flyers.