The music of 808 actually inspired me to buy my own DJ gear in order to solely play their material in pubs/clubs. Off I went to the great Ducie Street, home of the 808 offices at the time, and home of the DJ supplies.
Armed with 2 Technics turntables, Gemini mixer and Denon twin CD decks, I practised continously creating some great 808 mixes.
As for the name, how about DJSTATE I thought. Andy, from the shop, even said he might be able to arrange a meeting with the guys to talk about getting exclusive promos to play, SHIT, I thought, actually being able to meet my techno idols, can't wait.
So, I wrote to them at Ducie House and the reply from FEEDBACK........"Not to use the name DJSTATE and no promos would be provided and if I used the name or associated myself in any way with the band I would be open to litigation", so my dream over I tried in vain to be motivated by other genres, one mix on local radio later, I hung up my headphones and to this day they lie dormant in my bedroom, a reminder of the hobby that once was.
To show no hard feelings, the guys did send me a signed Bombadin CD, so it was worth the effort.