Travis Barker threatened by lack of crowd; Orders Revolvr to stop mid-set to steal back audience
Travis Barker Threatened By Lack of Crowd; Orders Revolvr to Stop Mid-Set to Steal Back Audience. Travis Barker Responds via Twitter. Read the Official statement from Wintersalt organizers regarding Travis Barker Revolvr debate
On Friday, December 28, 2012, as the first night of Wintersalt Festival 2012 kicked off at Fort Mason San Francisco with headliners Zedd, Dillon Francis, Travis Barker, Revolvr, and Paper Diamond; Travis Barker, most famously known for being Blink-182′s drummer, cut off and ordered the delay of dance music artist, Revolvr’s set on stage 2 in order to gain the majority of the festival’s crowd for his and Mix Master Mike’s set.
(UPDATE: Travis Barker Responds below via Twitter)
While stage 1 took a quick intermission after Dillon Francis finished his set, a majority of the festival goers made their way to stage 2 to catch Revolvr. Moments after starting his first track, stage managers abruptly cut off Revolvr’s sound to silence. By order from Travis Barker’s camp, Revolvr was to stop and delay his set until Barker gained back the majority of the crowd, and would be able to start again as soon as he finished his drum solo. Confused, the crowd dispersed and headed back to Stage 1 where Travis Barker had just begun.
“I started my first track, the stage was packed, the energy was amazing, crowd cheering, then seconds later to silence & confusion. No one understood what had happened, so they just walked away.” states Revolvr. “They just told me I wasn’t allowed to play until Barker finished his drum solo. At first I thought it was a joke.”
Revolvr was held 20 minutes until he could start again. Shortly into the set, he was able to recover a decent amount of the crowd he lost, still managing to carry out an amazing set but the action carried out by Barker and his camp was a unbelievable act of disrespect, not only to Revolvr, but the fans and music as well.
UPDATE: After hours of this article circulating the internet, and firing up fans. Travis Barker finally gives a response to the accusation.
In response to the entire situation, Revolvr took to his own Facebook fan page to clear the air…read below:
I’m sure by now, most of you have heard all this shit about happened to me last Friday at Wintersalt. I was asked about what happened and told my story, and it seemed to have spread just a little. So I’ll clear it up on my end.
I had a set time of 11:20 to 12:20. I showed up at 11:19, plugged in and started on the dot of my scheduled time. Moments after I started, I’m told to shut it off. I was told I could not start until Travis Barker & Mixmaster Mike started on the main stage and we get the OK from the main stage. All this happened with thousands of people in front of my stage, looking at me, confused on what the hell is going on. They had me just sit there, while mixmaster mike & barker began, as I watched everyone at my stage just walk away to the other stage. I sat there for 20 minutes & by the time I got the OK, my stage was practically empty.
The truth is, there was absolutely nothing wrong with my stage. The sound was fine, the crowd was ready to go, and I started exactly when I was supposed to, my assigned time slot. So why would you stop me in the tracks & hold my set until it was “OK” for me to play? it’s as if someone(or few) did not want me to play. It made no sense, and It was a slap in the face to me as one of the headlining artists. Shutting my stage down temporarily, then letting me finally start at the “convenient time” without notice only makes me think about who really benefited from this.
The main stage manager stated on twitter “Anyone playing on that stage had to be cut for Travis Barker’s intro”. Not only was this not communicated to me whatsoever, but the fact that any artist would require the shut down of another stage to make an intro is about the douchiest request I have ever heard in my life. Imagine one headliner at EDC requiring all stages be shut down so everyone can hear his intro.
This isn’t about me, but it’s about the respect held for any artist booked to headline an event. I felt like I needed to share what happened to me in hopes that this shit doesn’t happen to anyone else. There’s already enough bullshit going on in the EDM world, DJ Shadow/Mark Farina getting booted from their sets, Madonna screaming shit about looking for Molly… having a headliner’s set paused so another headliner “can do an intro” is yet another thing our community doesn’t need.
It’s all about respect & the music and I will stand by that at all costs.