March 28, 2014

#66: Why Event Directors Won't Help You... and Who Can

Explicit Music at WCS Events -
What You Can Do
This will probably be the shortest Rearview Mirror I've ever written, but it's one of the most important.

Last week, in #65: The Revolution is at Hand, one of the dancer's posts talked about the explicit lyrics in the songs played during late night dancing at conventions.

In the end, he recommended we start filing our concerns with the Head DJ and/or event directors as a possible solution.

Funny. That's what I recommended more than a year ago. And you know what? Nothing changed.

I'll be straight with you. People have been complaining to the DJ's, event directors, promoters, etc for more than fourteen years now, but still the music has grown worse and worse and... now we find ourselves at "Pull Your Hair." (see picture)

In the last few years, I know a ton of people have tried the solution mentioned - and they get a "promise" and an "absolutely!" and another "I'll do my best," and then... popper-sticks. Nothin'. Nada. No.

Here is my own suggestion. Let the hotel know. The hotel. They care. They want to protect the families and professionals that stay there. They want to protect their upscale and promising environment. They want to know.

As someone who has traveled extensively and has also worked closely with some of our largest conventions - trust me. It's your best shot at being heard. The hotel interacts closely with the event all weekend long... all year long in some cases. You want your suggestions taken seriously?

It's all about the hotel. Get to it.

Tips: If the front desk can't help you log your suggestion and/or complaint, ask for either the manager in charge or the hotel's event correspondent and/or coordinator. The day after the event, the hotel's staff heads meet with the event directors to review how the event went. These are powerful meetings. The hotel holds a million times more sway than you do, it seems, in the WCS world. So work it.

2014 Note: This has proven to be a highly successful method, not just for reporting music, but drug-related behavior as well. The illegal activity has increased at WCS events over the years, so in many cases you might also consider alerting security or the authorities, especially when you feel unsafe in any way.

This is from the Rearview Mirror section found in Weekly WCS Note #66: The Ten. Released June 2013.