DJ Lil Louis
A top DJ suffered a career-threatening injury during a soundcheck at a Manchester club.
Lil Louis, dubbed 'The Founding Father of House' was today in hospital after an incident at Sankeys.
On his own Facebook page the DJ explains how he suffered a serious ear injury after a horn was let off.
He says he had been excited at the prospect of playing the club on Saturday, where he was due to headline their opening party, and was 'deeply disappointed' that he did not perform.
He adds he went to the soundcheck but as he was about to leave someone came into the booth and 'decided to show a new toy (a very powerful fog or horn machine), which seemed inches from my left ear.'
Lil Louis Djing at Concrete Paris in October 2014
He says: "As he shot it, the compressed air that blasted out was louder and more shrill than anything I'd ever heard. It hurt so bad, I jumped in the air and screamed.
"The pain was followed by intense ringing and muffled silence. The left side of the room went dead and I couldn’t hear anything except that ring.
"I was taken to the hospital, where I have spent the night being passed around a bevy of doctors including an ENT specialist. I was diagnosed with sound induced hearing oss, a permanent hearing loss, and given a strong steroid medication.
"I haven;t been able to easily walk straight (my equilibrium is off), so I can't work out, hold down food, and I'm nauseous and lightheaded."
Music video for French Kiss by Lil Louis
He adds that the incident not only prevented him from playing on Saturday but it may have ended my career as a DJ and artist.
"I'm not looking for sympathy, but to prevent any new rumors from milling, instead of handling it privately as usual, this time I'm sharing the details." he added.
"Know that I live for three things, God, to finish this film, and create and play music for you. I've been able to handle everything life has thrown me.
"But I don't know what will come of this. While writing this, I thought about the Serenity Prayer my mom gave me at 5. I understand why now.
"This is beyond my control, so I have to accept whatever comes. But I'm praying, because I've made the best album of my life, and want to give you that, the film, and the best DJing, which is still in front of me. Wish me luck."