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Name Change

Angus Robinson

TRIBE Member
After some careful thought, I've decided to drop the 'madhatter' name. I chose it a very long time ago (4 or 5 years ago), and it doesn't really apply to me or my style of djing anymore. From now on, I will just go by my name: Angus Robinson

Hopefully this won't be too confusing!
 

joey

TRIBE Member
you should take suggestions for a new dj name...

i pick "joey is cool"
you will probally get a ton more bookings with that name... :)
 

DJ Red Lion

TRIBE Member
Beats On A Platter Gettin Fatter With Madhatter

DJ Madhatter is sick.
Not heard of any other DJ Madhatter's. (maybe there are though)
4-5 years ago YOU not your parents or family YOU chose DJ Madhatter where Angus Robinson was chosen by someone else for you. If you wish to change your name I mean obviously it's your choice alone but you can't use the excuse that "it doesn't really apply to me or my style of djing anymore." I think Madhatter applies more to you and your style than Angus Robinson cause it was a name brought on by your thoughts and emotions about djing and music 4-5 years ago.

What does a Madhatter represent anyway that would be seen as negative towards style, grace, music, appearance etc.

The Madhatter was short, unpredictable, funny, into some funky tea, had a bit of a lisp, enjoyed both singing and dancing and oh yeah he was a bit crazy!

I figured I'd express my feelings on the subject considering it seemed like you were looking for some feedback on this decision or maybe you were just doing some pre-Angus Robinson promotions.
 
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D-Monic

TRIBE Member
Working with those prog people must have finally gotten to you... ;-)

You've spent this long branding your name, and just now when people have gotten used to seeing Madhatter on flyers, you're going to throw a new name at the people. One that they won't know.

So, essentially you'll be starting all over again.

A good example of what a bad idea it is to change your name this late in the game can be seen on the Renaissance flyer. When I first glaced at it I saw that 'Andrew Spence' was playing there. My first thought was "Who's Andrew Spence?". As I read into the write-up I saw that it was in fact Slim. If it wasn't for that write-up I would have had no idea who that was.

Are you comfortable with being forever reffered to as "Angus Robinson aka: Madhatter"?

Worst move ever.
 

Robb G

TRIBE Promoter
Dan beat me to it......

I was going to type the exact same thing.

Sure you are no superstar (yet!) BUT everyone in southern Ontario knows who Madhatter is. And with Toronto being known accross Canada for it's strong breaks scene ( breaks weeklies, parties, all the production and what other city has a ......breaks.com site? Have you ever heard of montrealbreaks.com?) People in other parts of Canada already know who Madhatter is.

You are starting all over again, you will have to build your new "brand" from scratch (maybe even drop you rate!!!!!).

I totaly agree that this is a really bad move.

Robb
 
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Angus Robinson

TRIBE Member
I just don't like the name any more... and it's not like people won't know who I am... for the first little while, I'll just make sure that my name is Angus Robinson (aka madhatter) on flyers. I really think that it won't be too much of an issue.

It's better that I do this now, than in the future. It shouldn't be that confusing. I mean, it's not like I'm producing records, and flying all over the world.

Best move ever. ;)
 

headwinds

TRIBE Promoter
Originally posted by DJ Madhatter
I just don't like the name any more... and it's not like people won't know who I am... for the first little while, I'll just make sure that my name is Angus Robinson (aka madhatter) on flyers. I really think that it won't be too much of an issue.

It's better that I do this now, than in the future. It shouldn't be that confusing. I mean, it's not like I'm producing records, and flying all over the world.

Best move ever. ;)


dooooooood! don't do it!!!!! what if madonna or moby or prince change their name? well prince did and it totally sucked!

having a dj name (or even tribe alias) is your alter ego -- your super hero persona -- the madhatter has a ton of literary and historical references from Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland (my favourite story) to the actual turn-of-the-century hatter profession.

and yes it is excellent branding -- "madhatter" is far more marketable than "angus robinson" -- are you selling nu skool or old spice? you've come this far with that moniker and you're mad to change it -- c'mon superman, don't go clark kent on us!
 

funkNstyle

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Disco Stu

I think selling all your breaks records and deciding to spin Happy Hardcore would be a worse move than that

stu
No, thats just stupidity. hahaha

Angus is just in it for the money!!! *shove* =)

Seriously now, Why dont you use both names Angus? Use Madhatter for the regular breaks events and Angus Robinson for the more "up-scale" progressive nites?

Jonny
 

Spinsah

TRIBE Member
That's actually not a bad idea.

Work with both personas until you feel confident enough to make a complete transition.
 
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Big League Chu

TRIBE Member
Re: Beats On A Platter Gettin Fatter With Madhatter

Originally posted by DJ Red Lion


4-5 years ago YOU not your parents or family YOU chose DJ Madhatter where Angus Robinson was chosen by someone else for you. If you wish to change your name I mean obviously it's your choice alone but you can't use the excuse that "it doesn't really apply to me or my style of djing anymore." I think Madhatter applies more to you and your style than Angus Robinson cause it was a name brought on by your thoughts and emotions about djing and music 4-5 years ago.

Wow, it makes it seem like Madhatter is chosing to go with his slave name.

Just my thought.

Big League Chu

now to be known as

Burton Lewis Chusmith the Third
 

Jennika

TRIBE Member
hey angus,

I too have to agree that I don't know if it's the best idea for you to change your name.

Funny story: a friend I brefly met in Whistler last fall sent me some mix CD's he'd foind online for my birthday... one of them was this DJ Madhatter... well, you. he was raving to me about how great this guy was and how he wanted to find more of his stuff and had I ever heard of him etc.

If by sheer fluke some guy in whstler that I met is listening to you and knows you as madhatter and referes you to his friends as madhatter than there's probably a lot more of your fans out there than you realize, if you change your name you've in many ways lost those people.

just a thought...

Jen
 

Phat Trick

TRIBE Promoter
Hey Angus,

I'm sure we all go through times in which we really hate the DJ names we choose for ourselves. What the hell is "Phat" anyways?! More like fat, as in my fat ass...

..but anyways, Madhatter is who you are. Angus is just what your mother calls you. I say stick with Madhatter.

mad props to the madman!
 
Seeing as I possibly have the most ridiculous dj name imaginable, I'd say keep "Madhatter", but drop the "DJ" before it. Everybody is "DJ ____" Just plain Madhatter is cool. Just the fact that it caused such an uproar is good enough reason to keep it. If you ask me, there's not enough flash in this business anyways. We need the wacky names to make it more fun.
 
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Willar X

TRIBE Member
I was gonna say something but I made the same move as Angus wants to do..so my opinion doesn't count


Eitherway.. he sucks whether he be angus robinson or madhatter ;)
 

Angus Robinson

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Incredible Melting Man
I'd say keep "Madhatter", but drop the "DJ" before it. Everybody is "DJ ____" Just plain Madhatter is cool.
I agree... I don't like the 'DJ' bit... the only reason why I registered on tribe as dj madhatter was because that's my ezboard name too (someone already took 'madhatter' grr...). And the only reason why my website is djmadhatter.com is cuz madhatter.com is already taken as well!

Just the fact that it caused such an uproar is good enough reason to keep it.
I honestly didn't expect this much of a response to something as trivial as a name change... it's not like I'm quitting breaks and moving onto HHC! So far, there's not one single person who agrees with this move. hmm...
 

Angus Robinson

TRIBE Member
haha :p

Erik B wanted me to post this seeing as he still hasn't been granted posting priviledges from the almighty tribe...

Erik Bacic:
"Andrew Spence has been wanting to phase out the Dj Slim persona for quite sometime. I never really understood why you would want to change a name that a strong reputation has been built on, but after using dj search engines over the internet and realising just how many people have bitten the Dj Slim name across the continent, its understandable. Hell, some guy even bit his name on Audiogalaxy for his Hot Shit mix from 1996, except it wasn't Andrew and it wasn't breaks. Andrew was an original Slim almost ten years ago, but now you can probably find one in every major city. By using his real name, he will never have to worry about people biting it and therefore he makes his own distinction.

Andrew has also gone through many changes in the last year or so. His style has become increasingly progressive combining all forms of breaks, house, techno, and drum & bass, into one set. The addition of the live tenor saxophone is something brand new to the breaks scene, but heralds to his youth when he was only known as Andrew. I don't blame Andrew for wanting the name change, this is his right to do so, in fact I think it takes a serious amount of courage and confidence in one's talents to be able to discard a name that he was known by for years. By the time Si Begg retires he will probably have over 50 names for each and every style the genius can come up with.

In the end Dj Slim will never be gone, everyone will remember the first time they heard him play, his sick scratching that made all of our jaw's drop. A new name for a new era. And besides how hard was it to figure out that it was Slim on the Renaissance/Backbreakers flyer? How hard will it be for everyone to know Angus when they see his name on a flyer?

I don't think anyone should have a problem with Angus wanting to use his real name. I'm sure he has many reasons that have lead to this. The Breaks scene has finally let in the progressive and nu skool sounds in Ontario, we fought a fierce battle for acceptance, filled with multiple arguements on Tribe, but breaks are breaks and change happens all the time in life, its a natural order of progression. A name means something different to every individual that reads it and more importantly those that hold it. If Angus Robinson means more to him now than Madhatter, my opinion is that everyone should support him and the right to be known as he sees fit.

Me, I am looking forward to hearing the debut of Angus Robinson, I heard he can drop an ill beat that gets any dancefloor humming"
 

kprior

TRIBE Member
are you changing your alias into your real name?
if so, why shouldnt you do it.
I know that Andrew Spencer, (DJ Slim, {An}Drew Spence) has changed his name a number of times, and he's in good shape.
 
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