Last weekend in Tijuana, I worked with Husky/Pedro Bermudez.
It was quite possibly THE worst experience I have ever had with a promoter. After leaving me to get from hotel to venue on my own resources in a foreign and notoriously dangerous city, Pedro left the venue without paying me or telling me he was leaving, forcing me to take a CDJ as collateral. I tried to contact him via both telephone and email and he was unresponsive. Unfortunate, as he was my only contact for the Ensenada show the following night. I didn’t hear from anyone until 3 pm the next day, despite my endless attempts at communication, at which point I had given up entirely and was en route back to LA. He was giving conflicting messages to AVR (the company to whom the CDJ I had in my custody belonged) and to the Ensenada promotors, saying that he had talked to me when I had not heard from him or been paid.
Friday (one week after gig), had to ship back the CDJ that I had been holding hostage to avoid lawsuit (it was a rental from a third party), upon his repeated promise that he was crossing the border to make the deposit ‘as we spoke’. Still not paid.
Tijuana is one of my favorite places to play, ever. The crowd goes above and beyond in their passion for dance music. They are incredibly enthusiastic and educated, really a pleasure to play for. It is a great tragedy that some shady promoters are making the city look bad with unprofessionalism and horrendous business practices. Let it be known that this behavior is unacceptable. Please spread the word, get Husky blacklisted so other artists/DJs don’t have to go through a similar experience.