Ben Watt Shines Some Light on the Fabric Closure

as taken from Buzzin’ Fly’s facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=13201&uid=50949465412

IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY COMMENT FROM FABRIC I AM POSTING THIS TO EXPLAIN WHY I INADVERTENTLY ENDED UP AT THE CENTRE OF A TWITTER FIRESTORM YESTERDAY, AND TO ANSWER SOME OF THE UNFAIR ATTACKS NOW BEING POSTED ABOUT ME

yesterday afternoon i received an email from a senior figure at the heart of the fabric organization. it said:

“As of earlier this week fabric and matter went into administration and all staff were made redundant. Am now in the position that am looking for a possible vacancy, if you have one, please take a look over my CV and cover letter attached or if you know of any vacancies out there, if you could pass my CV on that would be much appreciated.”

i was shocked. i wanted immediate corroboration. i went onto twitter and said as plainly as i could: ‘i have been told both matter and fabric have gone into administration’ and shortly after ‘all staff have been made redundant’. i expected people to start saying ‘oh, yes, i KNOW, isn’t it terrible’ and an open discussion on the situation could have started.

instead, it all kicked off. i suddenly realised i was the first person to mention it.

i got back to the guy from fabric to ask for more information. by then someone had already alerted him to my tweets. he sent me screen-grabs of my comments and accused me of being ‘unsympathetic’ and lacking in discretion. i was unaware any discretion was required as he had not asked for any at any point in his straightforward factual message, but i apologised if my tweets had come across as unsympathetic. they were, i thought, simply re-stating the simple facts he had told me.

i have been through the experience of meltdown in clubland before (neighbourhood, amato) and i have lost money and seen people lose jobs so i am sympathetic to the people at the sharp end when things like this happen. as a result, within 3 hours of first posting them i had deleted my tweets – at the guy from fabric’s request – and posted an apology for inadvertently revealing news that i thought others knew already.

even so, i have now become victim of some fairly vicious attacks on both twitter and other forums (resident advisor, for example) for being a shit-stirrer, so in the absence of a statement from fabric today, i am forced to reveal this whole story in the hope it goes some way to exonerating me.

i am not a gossip-monger. i was as shocked as the next person. i simply wanted to share the news with others and express the regret and surprise we all feel.

and for all those hundreds of people who started following me on twitter yesterday in the hope of some more clubland titillation, you can wind your necks back in now. if you want thrills, perhaps you should try asking fabric.

yours

ben watt

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One thought on “Ben Watt Shines Some Light on the Fabric Closure

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