DJing In Extreme Conditions: Burning Man and Beyond

As the number of global DJs and dance events rise higher every year, more and more people expand into new territories to create room for the masses. One stage that hosts a growing number of performers every year is the great outdoors. Want to brave the elements, protect your gear, and protect yourself from the harshest shows on Earth? Today’s article is full of advice from pros like DJ Dan and Christian Martin.

WHEN DJING BECOMES AN ADVENTURE SPORT

Normal gigging takes a toll on your equipment, even if protected properly, but exposing your gear to the elements can mean certain doom if you don’t take strict care of the tools.

“Extreme conditions”  vary depending on what type of concert you plan on attending. Weekend camping festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo are supported by the same modern infrastructure you would expect to find at any venue. Festivals like Burning Man, held annually in the middle of the Nevada desert, offer little when it comes to creature comforts or even having a safe space to perform, yet this doesn’t stop almost 70,000 people from attending annually.

Black Rock City, NV / Wikimedia Commons
Black Rock City, NV / Wikimedia Commons

The Burning Man festival is a poster child for what constitutes an extreme gig. Located outside of Reno, NV in a former nuclear testing ground, the event is a literal cityscape complete with enormous sound camps such as Root Society, Opulent Temple, DISTRIKT, and the newly-minted White Ocean. Weather conditions are brutal. Dust storms that last 24 hours are not uncommon on the desert playa, coupled with unpredictable rain, hail, and high winds that will leave you chafed and burned.

Not an ideal place to bring your biggest and best gear, but Dirtybird’s Christian Martin (an 8-year veteran) describes why it’s an appealing venue:

“When I think of Burning Man, I visualize 10 to 20 of the best sound systems on the planet, in close proximity. We’re in the middle of nowhere, yet the production teams and sound rigs out there rival some of the best clubs.”

IN DUST WE TRUST – GEARING UP FOR THE BURN

Photo courtesy of Simon Blanc
Photo courtesy of Simon Blanc / Flickr

Before performing in a harsh climate, realize that all the equipment you want to bring should be somewhat expendable. The unexpected can happen at any venue, but only in extreme conditions is your gear guaranteed to overheat, short out, and fail altogether. To get around this, we recommend planing out an alternative setup which best suits your performance needs and consists of gear you would not mind totaling.

  • Shade: whether mixing with vinyl records or shuffling through songs on an iPhone, always make sure to perform in a shaded area. Dust will break your devices down slowly, but heat can cause your performance to come to an abrupt end.
  • Elevation: Keeping your gear raised up so it can ventilate properly will also go a long way in preventing  overheating on stage.
  • Pack It Up: Never leave any of your equipment unpacked or unattended when not in use, unless you want to start an expensive paperweight collection. It’s wise to store everything in sealed containers if possible.
  • Be Ready For Anything: In these conditions, the unexpected should be expected.

WHAT GEAR SURVIVES BEST?

Laptop computers tend to be too fragile and expensive at events like Burning Man (plus, the alkali in playa dust wreaks havoc on most electronics). Many experienced DJs opt for a set of CDJ decks, a mid-range mixer, and a large catalog of burned CDs. Sound camps typically keep a stockpile of CDJs on hand for replacing burnt-out decks, and it’s not unheard of for camps to borrow CDJs from others for their DJ booth (even during the middle of a performance).

San Francisco-based DJ Dan has been a fixture at Burning Man since 2007, playing 11 separate stages last year alone. His rules for the playa:

“My rule is never bring your best gear or computer out to the playa. I burn CDs of all my music and make two copies of each one. I also bring two flash drives with all my music on it and if I pull out my computer for any reason, I use it quickly and then put it right back in tightly sealed case.”

If your CDs see as much action as DJ Dan, having multiple copies of each will come in handy. Discs can easily start skipping or become unreadable due to corrosion ( good luck trying to find a blank CD in the desert). Get into the habit of thoroughly cleaning off each disc and securely storing them. The better their condition the more reliable your CDs will be.  If the gear permits, Dan recommends skipping the CDs altogether:

“I request the Pioneer CDJ-2000 so I can use my flash drives (which I organize in Rekordbox). The CDJ-900s are fine too but using a flash drive is the way to go out there.”

WHAT IF I NEED MY LAPTOP?

You may be wondering what options are available if you need a laptop to perform. Expect to deconstruct and clean every individual part post-burn, but with a few precautions and some common sense, you and your laptop just might survive.

The common sense: do not bring your brand new, pristine MacBook Pro or any other valuable device to the desert. If possible, bring a cheap second-hand laptop with you (old 12″ black MacBooks are great for this). Also consider what extras you’ll need to complete your rig – make sure to cover all these angles before hauling out to Nevada.

Great solutions for laptop-living in the desert: 

Effect69s bio-hazard box
Effect69s bio-hazard box
  • For the truly dedicated, a ruggedized laptop like a Panasonic ToughBook
  • Pelican Cases and OtterBox are two premium brands which offer exceptional storage and can definitely take the heat.
  • Gregg Gillis of Girl Talk has been known to bundle his entire laptop in Saran wrap to protect it from sweat and spills on stage. This method gives your machine a thin layer of protection from playa dust, but it can also prevent your laptop from ventilating properly and cause major overheating issues.
  • Many BM veterans have recommended cheese cloth held on with gaffers tape for these purposes, allowing for airflow while providing some level of playa protection.
  • Effect69 who created a Homer Simpson sector 7G-style bio-hazard box to drop over top of their computers on stage.

WILL MY CONTROLLER SURVIVE?

Leave your shiny Vestax VCI-400 SE controller at home and bring something a bit more disposable. Many middle-of-the-road DJ controllers can be had on eBay and Craigslist for under $200 – they may not have cutting-edge feature sets, but the bare essentials and a built-in audio interface are all you need to get the crowd going.

Controllers such as the Numark Mixtrack Pro and the Hercules DJ Console MK4 make for  inexpensive all in-one boxes capable of routing audio to a mixer or PA system. Many DJs continue to mention the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2/S4 controllers, because of their solid construction (very few gaps for dust to collect in) and their on-stage reliability. In 2012, DJTT friend Joe Andolina brought his S2 out to Burning Man and sent over this picture of what it looked like after a week in the desert (the controller miraculously survived, needing only some deep cleaning.

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Photo courtesy of Joe Andolina

In general, controllers have very few sensitive electronics and can survive a serious beating. One funny example came from Ean Golden after shooting this video with Richie Hawtin.

We had my Midi Fighter Pro on camera for the entire pool shoot in Ibiza and Rich was concerned about getting it wet. No problem! I explained, we can soak the thing and it will still work for sure. Turns out that the entire pool ended up on the controller at some point and much to my surprise, it failed to start up a few hours later. Still, convinced it was just water-logged, I took the controller apart, dried it off with a blow dryer and VOILA, the Midi Fighter Pro still operates perfectly to this day.

Using an iPad as either your primary DJ device or as a controller on a rugged stage has many advantages over a traditional setups: it’s extremely portable, easy to protect, and there’s a variety of software up to the challenge. The tactile sensation leaves a bit to be desired (especially if sealed in a plastic bag for protection), but that also means fewer parts that can be destroyed by the environment.

TAKE IT EASY

Depending on how busy your DJ schedule is, consider one or even two of these backup plans – but don’t exhaust yourself by playing DJ sets at every opportunity. Take time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere while also taking care of essentials like food, water, and shade.

“You have to pick and choose your partying nights and performance nights. Not to say you can’t do both, but if you are on a bike and have to play 3 camps in one night, it’s much easier to do if you are clear-headed.” – DJ Dan

“Drink tons of water. The importance of this can’t be overstated. Keeping a Camelbak on at all times helps you remember to hydrate. I also get plenty of rest, I like to be fresh every day and remember all my BMan experiences. I keep a tequila flask with me, it’s good both in the heat of the day and in the middle of the night.” – Christian Martin

POST-PLAYA CLEAN UP

Photo courtesy of itripped42
Photo courtesy of itripped42

Upon returning, you’ll have to completely dust off and scrub the insides of your precious audio hardware. If you sealed things up with gaffer tape, some of the work will be easier to manage. The objective is to completely disassemble each piece of gear to give the interior and circuit boards a thorough cleaning. Playa dust will slowly erode the electrical connections inside, so the sooner you can begin dusting the better.

Handy products for accomplishing this include:

  • a screwdriver
  • compressed air
  • Deoxit (for restoring contacts points in knobs and faders)
  • Q-tips
  • diluted vinegar in a spray bottle
  • a microfiber cleaning cloth
  • time and patience

To begin, pop off any knobs or fader caps on the face of your controller. Using your screwdriver, remove the outer case of your hardware (sometimes screws can be hidden beneath rubber feet or stickers warning you about voiding the warranty) and keep disassembling until you can safely access all angles of the interior components. Be extremely careful about unplugging any cables you might encounter and not forcing any parts that don’t want to move. If in doubt – leave it!

Once disassembled, grab your spray bottle of vinegar and warm water. The vinegar will act as an acid to help neutralize any caked on playa dust you might have found, and yes, you can clean your electronics with a bit of water without causing a problem (do not plug it in/ turn it on if there is the slightest hint of moisture on the PCBs). After a bit of spraying you should be able to wipe away some of the exterior dirt and grime.

Photo courtesy of Pioneer
Photo courtesy of Pioneer

The crevices between each of the knobs and sliders will need extra attention – blasting a little compressed air along the seam will remove excess dust, while a tiny amount of Deoxit will lubricate the control and restore it to a fluid action.

After letting your hardware dry out, carefully reassemble and remember to reinstall any cables or connections. Once complete, try plugging in and powering on after the circuit board is completely dry.

COLD WEATHER GIGS – TIPS FOR KEEPING WARM 

Photo courtesy of Chris Rubey
Photo courtesy of Chris Rubey

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Some of the best holidays for partying down come around in the fall and winter – and they’re all great reasons to maintain your core temperature by dancing outside. Though much less hassle than DJing in a desert, wintry and wet conditions cause moisture and condensation – just as detrimental to your gear as heat and dust!

  • Condensation Creation: Be aware of when you move gear from a relatively cold temperature to a relatively warm temperature since this quick change can cause condensation to form on the inside of your electronics.
  • Let It Sit: Keep gear unplugged and let it gently return to room temperature after a performance so as to prevent any major malfunctions. Even letting your CDJs, mixer, audio interface, and laptop air out for a couple of days isn’t a bad idea. If you power on with any trace of moisture inside, consider your gear as good as fried.
  • Running Cold: Icy temperatures can cause  machines to act strangely. Laptop screens will slow their refresh rate the colder they get, eventually ceasing to display an image. CDJ decks’ motors can slow to a snail’s pace when operating at very low temperatures. Also note that cold gear will need to warm up before it can drive sound or even appear to be powered on. You may assume one of your components has kicked the bucket when in fact it just needs some time to get ready.
  • Heat The Booth: Outdoor events should provide the DJ booth with some kind of heater, as well as a tent or canopy to trap in warmer air.
  • Warm The DJ: A crowded outdoor party can feels pleasant during the day, but this will change rapidly as the sun goes down. Gloves have their own reputation for clumsy grip and lack of tactile function when you really need it. If you find mixer tweaking or controller interaction difficult in this situation, try out a pair of finger (or fingerless) gloves

Though the idea of performing in extreme conditions may sound harrowing, the experience comes highly recommended. A crowd can enjoy themselves at any venue, but playing in the great outdoors creates a special vibe for the DJ and the audience, a communal atmosphere that you just wont get anywhere else. Sure there is risk and reward, but it all makes for a great party experience in the end.

Do you have experience DJing in extremes? Share your stories in the comments below!

  • Jerry Alan Carroll

    i’ll be in Kuwait in a couple months….bringing one of my spare controllers (VCI-300) with me and my 2012 MBP. i’ll get some filters to protect the vents and the unused ports will just get covered with Post-it tape (no mess).
    I don’t expect to play outside though.

  • george

    what about amps and the actual sound equipment itself? Need to strike a balance between keeping things cool and stopping dust getting in, especially the amp?

    Any ideas welcome.

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  • X1 + Z1 + old PC laptop fitted w solid state HD. Saran wrapped the laptop and cut holes where appropriate for insulation. Extra cables, all super long, including 3.5mm to RCA (just in case). Ziplocked everything and used a dedicated backpack just for this stuff. Worked well, with some challenges: Can only mix 2 channels at a time (you can use decks 3/4remix but no fader makes it too hard). Computer had enough power for tracks but barely for effects. Once sun was out during my 5-hour gig on the moving Abraxas (that massive golden dragon) I could no longer see the screen. Someone came and help an umbrella over me for the rest of the set and someone else handed me chocolate flavoured coconut water. That was epic. The physical conditions were much harder on me than on the equipment, but the people around made it into an incredible experience.

  • DJ JAEWOO

    for hot gigs i run usb laptop cooling fans underneath my mixer turntables and cdjs. they only cost about $10-$20 on amazon and if you link them together with a usb hub it works great!!!

  • Djtt_espanol

    Nice article!, I’ve been playing every year in a motorcycle championship and the dust it’s a nightmare.

  • chris

    “Do you have experience DJing in extremes?”

    did you mean bent vinyls, or abnormous and extrem Flow-situations?

    • chris

      one time – i think it was at peyote from corpus christi (scnr about this joke:), and i have a new track from miranda (step to the stars), with a new strange vibe on it. but i hear a second one, a stranger vibe – and after the schocking sequence i saw a moth under the needle and vrooooooom

      youtu.be/TMOXpT1A7sg

  • Kelly M. Carpenter

    man, i wish i’d have read this article before i left for the playa. i was with sk8 kamp at 9:00 and esplanade. my nephew joe brought a school bus full of sound gear and dj kook karlo brought his turntables. as far as i could tell, we were the only ones on the playa brave/foolish enough to bring vinyl this year. we kept it in the shade on the bus with as many of the windows closed as we could, but the gear definitely took a beating. and one of my dubplates melted in the heat. i volunteered my berringer mixer for the trip and it didn’t even get used. now it’s caked in playa dust. i don’t even want to turn it on until after i use a whole can of dust-off on it. next time it’s going to be burned cds and/or a thumb drive for me if i’m lucky enough to get another turn on the decks.

  • slidestache

    Ecler Nuo 2.0

  • Jonathan

    I’ve djed a bunch of very cold outdoor gigs (one time on a dj stand made of ice on a frozen lake)

    One thing that I didn’t think would be a problem is that the cables all get very hard and will just pop out of whatever they are plugged into if you move them slightly. I typically request CDJs for cold outdoor gigs (actually all outdoor gigs) because they seem to have slightly less problems than turntables.

    Also hand warmers in your pockets are nice or keeping them in some loose mittens and then alternating which hand has a glove on it. They also sell drops that you can put on your gloves to make them work for touchscreens and your laptop mouse, if you want to have your hands covered the entire time.

    Another thing that most people don’t plan for is cold feet, which is a real problem because you are just standing still for a few hours. I’ll wear heavy socks with foot warmers stuck to them inside heavy boots.

  • Brought a laptop again this year for the 6th time. No problem.

    The new Macbook Pro Retinas seem to hold up pretty well to the dust. I usually keep my laptop in a large ziplock when not in use and then DJ out in the open with little protection. This year I put a rubber keyboard cover on it and kept it elevated off the table on a Rain laptop stand to keep the vents away from dust table tops. I used no protection on my Traktor S4. If anyone has any tips / tutorials on cleaning the S4, I’d love any advice. I think there’s still sticky champagne from new years eve in there.

    On playa maintenance, I hit both with compressed air a few times and wiped down the laptop screen with a damp towel once or twice. It even rained on it a bit this year (which was scary) while I was DJing and had to put a cloth over the gear, but kept DJing from underneath.

    Once home I wiped the equipment down and blew copious amounts of compressed air in. Opened up the laptop and there was hardly anything in there, way less than other years.

    Years past, I found the most playa damage was to the battery. If you notice a performance drop with your battery, take it to an Apple store right away. They replaced mine for free last time saying it wasn’t holding a normal charge. They also said that I should “try not to operate the computer in high dust environments since there was a lot of dust in there”, which they also cleaned out for me.

    The key is to be very careful not to get any water on any playafied gear, it’s pretty much instant death (oxidization / rust).

  • maniac

    a teknival is the extremest condition to play, i think.

    I have seen gear covered of a fine layer of ice…

  • Christian Jackson

    DJ’d at a mountain resort outdoors with my CDJ2000s and DJM900 at -10 degrees F. The DJM had to warm up before mixing though because some of the contacts were actually stiff to move.

  • Golden Lips of Silence

    The must-have track for this year’s burning man set. We go boom boom in the dusty dusty with dranky dranks for everyone. See you on the playa!

    https://soundcloud.com/goldenlipsofsilence/playa-police-ft-highly-elastic

  • Daggers

    I wouldn’t call it an extreme condition but keeping smoke machine fog away from decks is a good idea. Mixers aren’t a problem because you can clean faders quite easily. But it gunks up the cd platters quite quickly and jams them up, especially cdj1ks 2ks and 2kNs (pretty much the because of the adjustable platter.)

    I don’t know if anybody else has ever experienced this

  • Beyond DJing

    ok question, what are those speakers in the picture under “In Dust We Trust” ? I’ve been trying to find out who makes them for the longest. I been trying to build a mid level Mobile DJ concert setup with JTR subs or Danley subs and want to make sure I do my thorough research on all tops possible.

  • AGENT DOWNBEAT

    Good article. This year I am going to roll to the playa with an Ipad 2 and a Z1. I let you know how I make out. of course I’ll have a few cds but my intention will be to see how these tools manage in this extreme condition. Got the extended warranty on my Z1 at guitar center. They will take it back no matter how f-up it is. I’ll let ya know how I make out. Also my I pad is going into this: KHOMO Waterproof Case Cover. Check out my website in a few weeks for details on how I made out. I’ll also report my experience in the forums.

    • Dan White

      Hey, that’s what we’re bringing – iPad 2 and Z1! See you out there.

      • AGENT DOWNBEAT

        Where will you kats be camping. I’m camping with disorient 2:45 and esplanade. The call me gentle giant on the playa. See you there

  • AGENT DOWNBEAT

    Good article. This year I am going to roll to the playa with an Ipad 2 and a Z1. I let you know how I make out. of course I’ll have a few cds but my intention will be to see how these tools manage in this extreme condition. Got the extended warranty on my Z1 at guitar center. They will take it back no matter how f-up it is. I’ll let ya know how I make out. Also my I pad is going into this: KHOMO Waterproof Case Cover. Check out my website in a few weeks for details on how I made out. I’ll also report my experience in the forums.

  • Mad Zach

    my main tip about the playa is not to over-insulate your laptop from the dust. You need to remember to let air in so it can stay cool. One year I wrapped so much plastic around my laptop that it couldn’t breath, overheated, and basically broke until I got home! I recommend leaving your complicated live set and controllers at home (I know… its hard), instead I would recommend sticking with cd’s or a thumb drive

  • Boney Collins

    Great article… if disassemble is necesary, spray with isopropyl alcohol (pressurized bottle) until all dirty is gone. This will take care of the circuits.

  • JL

    The third image is of Nexus in 2010! Should give them a mention instead of two camps not going this year!

  • Ron Grandia

    2 years of burning man (The DiscoFish) taught me how to 100% PLAYA PROOF my MacBook. It’s virtually dustless afterwards.

    Get air filter material (sheets) and pull it through the hinge gap and secure it with gaffer’s tape. Two sheets takes a while to get through, but it’s dense enough to filter most dust. Seal edges w/tape. It’s like an air diaper.

    Get one-a them rubbery keyboard covers and seal the edges with gaffer’s tape.

    Cover all ports w/Gaffer’s tape. I left the PS connected, and sealed around it.

    For the screen (kinda unnecessary but it made me feel better) I used clear shelf-liner material, which also works for sealing the mouse pad – It’s conductive, so you can cover the whole thing. Then I covered the rest of the rig with gaffer’s tape mostly for looks, but when I get home, I just peel it all off, and it’s like BRAND NEW. SweartaGod.

    • ??u??

      I’ve actually done this same thing at a paint party before. Why not just buy a cheap external monitor and run a magic mouse or trackpad and an apple keyboard. After the loss of my last MBP this one stays sealed away with only a power, usb and thunderbolt cable connecting it to the outside threats… I am very comfortable potentially losing a $60 wireless keyboard and cheap monitor over a macbook. Just an added thought.

  • Joe Andolina

    Playing at Buringman is the highlight of my year. You can play yacht rock and electro breaks in the same set. Its a blast and the acoustics of the open desert are like no club you will ever play. Gear takes a beating but if you are okay with taking it apart and cleaning it with lots of rubbing alcohol, almost any gear will survive. I don’t have one, but I think the ideal hash environment setup would be an ipad and a Z1. No vents and super portable.

    In the case of DJ Dan, the Duckpond has a special set of CDJs set aside just for him. We get the booth ready about an hour before his set. Its our little insurance policy against dust storms and any spills that may have happened before his gig. If you are going to the burn, DJ Dan will be playing the Duckpond Friday afternoon from 3 to 7.

    • DJ Rob Ticho,Club mU

      i will be there to hear it

  • JT

    at BM I had my computer set up with a key guard/cover, tape, saran wrap and taped a bit of air filter from my furnace over the fan exhaust and intake. Worked like a damn. But like they say – backup everything and bring lots of cds just in case.

  • DJ Rob Ticho,Club mU

    I’ve Djed at Burning twice and will be heading back this year. I cringe every time I see CDJs being murdered by the dust and bringing records out there is just crazy.

    I feel like I have an ideal Burning Man set up. I use an 11inch mac air, NI X1, NI Audio DJ2 sound card and a M-Audio X-session Pro midi mixer.

    The laptop is super easy to seal up with keyboard guard and some painter’s tape. The fan isn’t really exposed.

    X1 and Audio DJ2 have no where for the dust to penetrate.

    The X-Session midi mixer only cost $80.

    I will also bring a back up soundcard, usb drives and cds. Always have a back up!

    • Jonathan

      The M-Audio X-Session Pro is a great choice for Burning Man gigs. I have 2 and you can even get a refurb unit on eBay for as little as $40. Not only does it stand up pretty well – I have no problem if it happens to die.

    • Isa Ghio

      Yo Rob! You played there?! THAT’S SO SICK if you ever go again invite me pleaaaase 🙂 Extreme conditions is what i love the most, it must be crazy out in the desert

      • DJ Rob Ticho,Club mU

        we can start planning for your arrival next year 🙂

        • Isa Ghio

          I am so down, when is it actually? I could plan to take my summer vacation then, need some serious action in my DJ life

  • Fauxfaux

    Great article, full of lots of great reference material. Very cool section on extreme cold conditions, I’ve never played in them before but would definitely give it a shot. One thing I’d like to add about Burning Man:
    PROTECTION FROM WIND
    Nothing will really keep your gear from getting dusty, but many things can keep your gear from being force-fed dust at 25mph. (If it’s windier than that, probably put it away for a spell.) Being inside a dome or having a booth with walls around it makes a huge difference. For anyone who’s thinking of spinning at Burning Man but on the fence because of gear paranoia, I say DO IT! Some of the most fun, interactive crowds anywhere, not to mention all the other DJs and Producers you get to meet. Your gear should (mostly) survive, and any additional repairs will be worth the experience.
    Also, the part about the nuclear test site gave me a good chuckle. Totally not true, but I subscribe to the belief that you “print the legend”. You know Daft Punk is playing there this year, right?

    • DJ Rob Ticho,Club mU

      I went all the way out to the trash fence but couldn’t find where Daft Punk was playing. 😉

  • Aaron

    I’ve DJed this year at AfrikaBurn mostly at my camp (AfrikaMorn) and in a few oother camps around the playa. I had with me a MBP a DDJErgo and DJM400.
    after one week of event I cleaned all with compressed air, and everything worked out like a charm.
    It was heavily covered in dust. 🙂

  • ithinkmynameismoose

    I’ve got to say. This is one of the first site redesigns that I really just…like. It’s clean, simple and more aesthetic. Well done! Also, those poor controllers…

    • Dan White

      Glad you enjoy it!

  • 32Digits

    I like this article 😀

    gives me idea’s too

  • Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    I do a lot of boat parties in the Mediterranean. Sea water, humidity and corrosion are a part of work. With people jumping into the water around me and girls with wet hair throwing their heads around I make it a habit to simply rope off an area to keep the crowd out of reach from my gear. I’ve been playing on the Novation Twitch and it’s held up great.

    Here’s a typical boat party in Malta: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151405783346090

  • Mert

    I had a gig at a carnival deal this year. The temperature was under 0°C with a little snow. After 30 min my F1 Kontrol died… after 45 min next one was my X1 Kontrol… The S4 keeps working but i after the dead of the X1 i stopped playing. 2 hours later all controllers were back in work and there was no more problem.(temperature maybe a little bit warmer)… oh and my Macbook power supply died by emergency power generator with air Compressor 🙁

    i never had problems on dust… i play a lot on MotoX tracks (i am ken Roczen Resident in germany 🙂 ) the dust is just always dirt and very hard to clean. air compressor is the best!

    sorry for my bad english

  • Michael Wagner

    good article, but just so you know, the area where Burning Man is was never a nuclear test site. part of that same desert was a gunnery range, but that was conventional weapons, not nuclear. keep up the good work on the page anyways!

    • David Schulman

      the playa definitely has a magical feeling to it :). thanks for the correction!

  • Nice Article David, Some of my favorite gigs have been at Burning man or other outdoor venues. It’s an amazing feeling to combine raw nature with the power of amplified music.

    • ryanselect

      I am going to be heading to burning man and DJing at Celtic Chaos 10 and airstrip. I’m a huge fan of DJtech tools and will be in San Fran for a few days before and after the festival.
      Was hoping i could check out your location for a quick tour and grab some chroma caps for the party.

    • DJ Rob Ticho,Club mU

      I’d like to see an Ean Golden set on Robot Heart. 🙂