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DJ TENNIS



Author Christian Dori | Date 10/01/2019

 

Another Burning Man has ended. Black Rock City, the temporary site of the annual event in the north-west Nevada desert, hosted 70,000 participants. What do we know about the impact of Burning Man? Today with DJ Tennis we will try to find out all there is to know about the festival, and also hear about his last experience.  



Why does Burning Man have a special appeal to all the DJs? Tell us more about your experience.

The phenomenon of a DJ being attracted to Burning Man is very recent. As we should all know, Burning Man hasn’t started as a music festival but as a social gathering, a social experiment. A virtual city where you can’t use money, where your money doesn’t determine who you really are. What’s important is what you can really do for the people around you. It’s all about the values and diversities that are the most important part of the Burning Man community.

With social media, of course, big gatherings involve music, and music (after the art side of the event ) is the most important creative part of the experience.

DJs have got attracted by all this, the first sound camps and sound buses started to appear I would say 12 years ago. Nowadays joining Burning Man for a DJ feels like a trend in most cases.

 

Whether it’s a spiritual community or a reason to try out something new, it’s equally exciting. Burning Man provides a blank canvas to bring fulfillment to life, to explore you truly are. Do you agree?

Burning Man is what you make of it, it’s not a place where everyone experiences the same things.

For some people it’s just a small short and very special holiday, for other people it’s a life-changing experience. 

For me it’s a lot of fun, there is a lot of visual impact.... The best part is for me to meet people that otherwise I wouldn’t meet in my life. You can meet a carpenter from Japan, a lawyer from Argentina, or a worker from Wisconsin with his family on a holiday. It’s pretty much like a city, so you can find everything or nothing in there. Anyone can create his own path and you create your own positive or negative experience. 

 

How did you plan your music selection to play?

When I play at Burning Man, I never personally prepare any music. In general, I never prepare my sets. Luckily, I grew up listening to pretty much everything, and in a place like Burning Man where the landscapes are incredible, very cinematic and very impactful, there is no specific genre of music that works... That’s what I do also with my regular sets. I look around me and get inspired and give back what I feel. Unfortunately, there is Burning Man inspired music like this shamanic-oriented-slow tech house with samples that became very trendy at some point, but I don’t think it’s authentic or this mega-epic mad max techno-melodic anthems. I stick to the fact that I want to feel free to play whatever I want. 

 

People tell us that Burning Man gives them hope in humanity? Are they exaggerating or is it true?

Burning Man is an experiment and is a social experiment where everyone has to leave no trace, leave it clean. It’s what we are living at the moment in our planet,  the biggest problem we have is climate change, and in a way Burning Man teaches you how to respect the environment, but I’m not always sure it works with everyone, if it’s just a trend, but definitely a good thing to do. 

 

What are the challenges to face at Burning Man?

Burning Man, for definition has to be a challenge because you are completely independent. You have to be organised or at least a group of people needs to be autonomous or in camps or in small groups to become a functional community. That’s the biggest challenge. I guess the biggest challenge is to share and to provide the work and your time for all the people around you. This is something that is missing a lot in the normal society. There is a lot of ego, people don’t pay attention to other people’s problems. When you are at Burning Man, it’s essential to feel and listen to what is around you and also to provide. This is an important thing. 

 

Do you want to talk about your label company Life and Death? Do you have any new products coming up inspired to your Burning Man experience?

As I said, talking about Life and Death, Burning Man is not just one thing, one inspiration, it’s what you make of it. For me Burning Man is a moment where I have the chance not to be connected with my phone and with social media. For the world it’s a moment of meditations, of exploration where it’s important to stay together with the people you love. This is the main reason why I don’t have a connection. I don’t see a specific inspiration connected to Burning Man. Burning Man, since 2013, when I went for the first time, has been a moment for me to change and to stop running, but also to look around me and think about what I had done during the year. The influence on the label is not relevant.

 

What is your future preparing for you?

Honestly  at a moment I’m really going with the flow. I’m trying to release the music I like and not the music that works. Also, the events I’m involved in like Rakastella or the Life and Death events, are mostly based on a group of artists, musicians and DJs that are connected on a human point of view and where there is a family approach. This is what I am trying to do and also what my plans are. In terms of other things I’m aiming at opening a restaurant.

 

You are a creative person, also a chef, what dish will describe you?

The dish that describes me better is probably a pizza with no pineapple, but with a lot of spices and truffles. 

 

Relation with Ibiza?

Good question. My connection with Ibiza has always been a bit troubled. I always felt very overwhelmed by the island also since I was a promoter for a long time. I know so many people from the music industry and a lot of clubbers, ravers and party goers, so it has never felt like a place to relax and enjoy. For me it’s a place where there is a possibility to work. It’s where I make music and play music. The place I love the most is Circoloco, and now that I am a resident there I couldn’t be happier, but I probably wouldn’t spend a long holiday in Ibiza.

 

Last question, are you night or day?

If I’m Night or Day… Honestly I think I’m like Yin and Yang, Life and Death, there is no way that one exists without the other. If I want to explore more deeply the meaning between night and day it’s that we all need two people to be complete.

 


 

Photo credit: Christian Lamb

 


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