‘Twas a gorgeous night on the playa in 2011, and our first year as Burning Man theme camp “Conception.” For those who don’t know already, Conception is a Seattle-based sound and arts camp, which I co-founded with some friends to bring our own northwest brand of love and psychedelia. I had asked Seattle techno visionary and Re-Bar co-owner Michael Manahan if he would play our big XenoConception (“conception with aliens”) party at Burning Man, but he was working on Bumbershoot and unable to make it to the playa that year. “However,” he said, “I have the perfect people to play.”
I hadn’t met Bert & Chewy (aka Rob Noble and Zacharia when they play drum & bass) before, but when Manahan says someone’s good, I listen. So, I booked them for the closing set with a bill of other techno-focused acts, including PG Tomasi and DJ Tatar from San Francisco camp Want It! read more …
The B40 crew is traveling a lot lately! Last weekend, I had the pleasure of joining friends in Vancouver BC for a long overdue visit, and we hit up some of the bigger dance venues they had been glowing about. Primary among these was Space Five Sixty for Vancouver’s edition of Bearracuda, which has become the largest of the Bearracuda party franchise, serving bears and their friends dance beats. As expected, the crowd was a sea of beards and furry chests, and the space was gorgeous and multilevel with amazing projections and solid sound. Just as the party was warming up with local support from Jay Douglas, word came through that Chicago “chunk house” headliner Ted Eiel had been turned away at the Canadian border. Ouch.
So imagine our surprise when our dear friend DJ Matt Stands from Seattle took the headlining slot in his place. Matt is a Seattle resident DJ at the Cuff, BarMyx Everett, the west coast Bearracuda and Strapped parties, and my musical co-conspirator from the basement raves that eventually evolved into Burning Man Camp Conception. A true professional, Matt took the last minute phone call, packed the car, drove up and saved the party like a DJ superhero.