Hard drive stolen right out of computer during set.

I was just checking out this post on the Brooklyn Vegan blog about a gig Matthew Dear had last week. Apparently he was playing at Galapagos, a club/art space in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) and someone pulled the cable out connecting his external hard disc and ran with the drive. Of course his set crashed and the gig was over.

Matthew, who was celebrating his birthday yesterday, had been playing a killer set for 2 hours or so. Suddenly he got a message on his computer saying that his hard disk drive was unplugged… The music stopped, he checked and found out that the drive was actually missing… basically someone STOLE his hard drive in the middle of his set and ruined the all show!!! – brooklynvegan.com

There is also a long thread over at the Ableton Live forum about it. You can find lots of colorful comments including the expected “he was spinning MP3’s he deserved it”. A more useful comment I found from Ableton forum from member “hambone1” was that he should have had a Kensington Lock. Agreed! Check out the thread: here

I have all my music equipment insured even when it’s on the road. I also state in my booking contract that the organization is responsible for security and any losses I incur. I usually ask whomever I put on the guestlist to keep a watch out for me (yes I am paranoid). My old music studio was just a few minutes from Galapagos. Williamsburg is an increasing great place but as the rents rise people of lesser means are pushed out. I always though this caused a clash especially when you throw drinking, drug dealing and nightlife into the mix.

photo credit: 100five


  1. Hi digitalbeatsyndrome. I’m not sure. I doubt it in general. I think it’s rare to get any stolen goods back especially in NYC.


  2. a similar thing happened to switch/dave taylor this summer in bcn…. his box with all his cds was stolen… amazing


  3. this sucks saw md a few weeks ago and his was on fire. apparently this also might have exposed some unreleased tracks etc. makes you start think about the kensington route.


  4. One question: Does anyone know of a good portable hard drive (fast and reliable) with a kensington lock socket? (I checked out mine after reading this and unfortunately it doesn’t (lacie rugged series))


  5. Hi Rafael. Here are two I found: link 1 and link 2.


  6. Man that sucks! I hate losing/breaking music equipment. Sucks that it was on his birthday too


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