Velocity Press will be releasing Tales From The Booth, the new book from the pseudonymous Secret DJ this Friday, February 3, 2022.

Tales From The Booth is the Secret DJ’s third book under that name, following the visceral The Secret DJ and particularly acclaimed The Secret DJ Book Two.

Tales From The Booth reaches out to “dozens of DJs from around the world — from every scene and genre — for their own true stories of the DJ life.”

Tales From the Booth raises the BPM, rounding up an all-star and highly international cast of Secret DJs to tell their anonymous stories of what it’s really like to rock dancefloors for a living. From strange encounters on tour to side-splitting debauchery and afterparty excess to the intolerant, bigoted and even dangerous side of the industry, this is your access-all-areas backstage pass. You’ll never look at a DJ quite the same again.


The Secret DJ is a longtime veteran of the electronic music scene and until fairly recently wrote a column for Mixmag under that name. Tales From The Booth differs in the number of collaborators brought on to tell the story:

“I didn’t write this finely-crafted opus,” the Secret DJ writes in the introduction. “Not entirely. In fact, this is a book of stories from many DJs, of all stripes and persuasions, from all over the world…

“It was started during the great lockdown of 2020, when COVID hit hard across the music industry, not just hammering DJs and performers but also some massively talented fellow music journalists. We rounded up some of them to join our quest. Off they went, like literary Indiana Joneses, searching all over the planet to interview what ended up as nearly 80 DJs, producers and industry staff. Some of these tales are pure gold. Some are a little obscure and strange. Some are funny. Others are deadly serious. These are real stories by real DJs.”

Tales From The Booth is available starting Friday, February 3 2022 and can be pre-ordered here from Velocity Press.

Velocity Press previously published Long Relationships, from 5 Mag contributing editor Harold Heath, which we reviewed here.