Alex Fish, - on 7/9/12
So Burning Man just blew my mind. It’s not often that I’m this hyperbolic about anything because, let’s face it, the people who are always telling you everything they ever did “was amazing” get old fast. But it’s true-Burning Man is totally awesome.
While I work on getting a more substantial review of the event (as well as piece together the epic tale of how Robot Heart came to be) I wanted to share a few select videos from my 7 days there that give a quick glimpse of what things looked like through my awestruck eyes.
I thought I’d seen everything…but I now know I haven’t-and as long as Burning Man continues to take place (can’t stop won’t stop) I really don’t think I ever will. The depths of creativity and compassion that exist within humanity truly know no limits and only through introducing the very real element of survival into the equation does Burning Man illustrate this to us. When you’re raging in the desert you’re spending half your time in the winter and half the time in the summer and as much as you can try, you simply can’t be prepared for every obstacle that exists out there. We’re all forced to depend on one another, and there’s a camaraderie inherent to that shared experience that anyone who’s ever gone will never forget. Oh yeah and the DJs rule, the chicks are smoking hot, and nearly everyone is a seasoned party professional.
Damian Lazarus banging out Time – Pachanga Boys while the sun rises on Robot Heart…the goosebumps should speak for themselves.
Philipp Jung (M.A.N.D.Y) and Luca Saporito (Audiofly) just getting started on a massive B2B on a new addition to the playa this year: the exceptionally well-done Mayan Warrior Art Car.
Cityfox’s Dejan finishing up a great set before handing the reigns over to the always impressive Blond:ish as the Robot Heart Bot heads out into the playa. Great vibes at the Robot Heart Get’s Physical Party this year.
Since this was my first Burn I had only really heard about Robot Heart as the destination for great music and good times on the playa but it turns out there are several camps fighting the good fight and putting on a great show. One such entity is the Nexus Camp out of San Francisco helmed by Dax Lee. With a Funktion One soundsystem and an impressive LED lighting/visual rig it was an amazing place to see Waifs & Strays, Matt Tolfrey, Shaun Reeves and Jamie Jones drop chugging UK house to a large group of tuned in party people before Thugfucker ushered us all through another beautiful sunrise.
Everyone featured, mentioned or spotted in the videos in this post is legendary but Lee Burridge has been experiencing a renaissance of notably impressive proportions of late and while no man is an island, he seems to have charted this course as more of a solo entity than anyone. Since starting All Day I Dream in 2011 he’s been bringing his sounds firmly into the daylight and while we’ll always be night owls, Lee seems most at home with the sun high in the sky and his friends all around him. The video is so short because, who wants to be the guy at the party holding the camera in the air like a douche right :-P
Massive thanks to everyone at Robot Heart, The Mayan Warrior Art Car, Nexus and everyone else who recklessly shared hugs, stories, dances, and an inebriant or three with me and the rest of the nutters in Black Rock City this past week.
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