Dot Diggler is next for my "It's Wes Smith at Burning Man Yo!" interviews. Dot resides at Slut Garden during his stay in the dust. This is a camp that I remember well from last year - it's colorful, fun and the music was always on point. Getting to see Wes play up on that stage is going to be a sight to see with the crowd dressed up in their space wear. BOOM!
Slut Garden is certainly an interesting name - tell me about Slut Garden and what you all are about:
We are the ultimate party on the playa and are a real interactive camp. Whether it is the shadow boxes, platforms, The Wet Spot (bar), dome or clothing exchange (Slutty Seconds). We have people who go out in the crowd to recruit girls to dance in the shadow boxes and we aim to never have them empty of sexy silhouettes dancing.
What’s your role for Slut Garden?
That’s great - how did you get involved with Slut Garden?
This is my second year with Slut Garden, after my first burn I played a hip hop set with my best friend Matt (Pressha) for a hip hop happy hour. Slut Garden was having some sound issues so I jumped under the sound booth and fixed what was wrong. They were appreciative and they asked me to come back to play. I started with an empty crowd and once I was done there was a huge crowd. I was offered to play a fundraiser in Seattle and it just exploded from there. I don't rep a crew or a label when it comes to Slut Garden...so I promo the heck outta it and get the word out about them.
Speaking of promo - tell me about your biggest music events/parties:
Wednesday: Sluts In Space when Wes Smith is playing, it’s an astronaut/space themed event.
Thursday: Booty Wonderland with Deekline and Dot Diggler ++
Friday: Satan’s Schoolgirls that DJ Dan hosting with Donald Glaude ++
You were the one that booked Wes. How do you know about Wes Smith all the way in Seattle?
I asked Wes if he would be down to play a set - he is one of my favorite producers. I found his tracks awhile back and the tracks went off really well at the burn one of my good friends Justin (Blacklist) Alson also plays a lot of his tunes out as well.
Any advice to aspiring DJs/producers out there going to Burning Man?
It’s good to make connections in this industry it is very hard if you do not. Everyone is a dj/producers/etc so you really have to set yourself apart from the others.
Tell me why you do all of this and keep coming back to Burning Man:
One of the reasons why I love Burning Man is because breaks are reigning supreme (parallel with house). I have been a breaks DJ for 15 years ever since I heard Icey's Essential Mix and then started getting into Baby Anne, Fixx, Volume, Huda Hudia, Deeklline, Plump DJs, Freestylers and Stanton Warriors. I have been blessed to play with most of them except Deekline and that comes true this year.
Also, I have never met such a hard-working group so focused on their goal. It's a camp full of Alphas and surprisingly- it really works. The founder of Slut Garden, Brad, is the shit. He is a superb leader of people. It's why the camp has become as awesome as it is and it keeps getting bigger and bigger each year.
Check out the Dot Diggler mix I have been bumpin'in my speakers this week:
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This year’s Burn is going to be interesting and I can’t wait to meet you and see/hear all the awesome on that beautiful stage surrounded by those shadow box dancers - thank you sir, see you in the dust!
LOCATION: 9:15 & E