|DJ Spooky @ BM 2001|
Today, nobody bats an eye when the likes of Tiesto, Christopher Lawrence, Adam Freeland, Daft Punk, Paul Oakenfold, the Crystal Method, Carl Cox, Perry Farrell, etc.) ascend upon Black Rock City with a fanfare and a fanbase. In fact, superstar deejays are a serious draw to many participants, and are nowadays heavily promoted by a variety of media and especially by the camps that host them.
It doesn't take a genius to realize that the community (drink!) at large benefits from the juicy phat beats served up free on the playa every night. What's more: the fine folks of BMorg profit from these gifts from said deejays in the result of increased ticket sales from fans.
|Burning Man Ticket 1999. Cost $40|
|Burning Man Ticket 2001. Cost $165.|
On the on-line forum "Reality Sandwich" from which this video was produced, contributing editor ST Frequency had this to say:
"As Paul mentions at the end of his story, some of the biggest names in commercial dance music are now star performers at the Festival, playing 45-minute showcase sets to massive crowds at MTV-Beach-Party-style setups. Oakenfold, DJ Dan, and Rabbit in the Moon at Burning Man? These guys are some of the highest paid and most accessible names in DJ culture. No offense to the artists -- they've all earned their cred in one way or another -- but it's the Electric Dance Music equivalent of putting a Starbucks or H&M on the Esplanade."Whatever you may feel about what DJ's bring (or don't bring) to the playa and how they may (or may not) enhance your Burning Man experience, the sad truth is that due to the Burning Man Ticket Debacle of 2011, many deejays will not be able to attend the event this year and the BMorg doesn't really give a hot damn. Actiongrl, the Manager of Communications for the Black Rock City LLC recently remarked on an online burner forum called 3Playa: "Bassnectar still can't have my ticket."
But Bassnectar is nonplussed. According to recent tweets, he has a ticket but isn't committed to going yet.