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Phil Pirrone is the founder of Desert Daze music festival, Moon Block Party, Space Agency Booking, and founding member of the band JJUUJJUU. He’s been making music and touring since he was 15. He’s an authentic music lover and a true believer in the impact of communal experiences. Desert Daze is a rad indie festival taking place in Moreno Beach, California October 12-14. The line up features Ty Segall and White Fence, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Julia Holter, Mercury Rev, Kikagoya Moyo, and so many more.

In this episode, Phil shares how and why Desert Daze got started, how they’ve kept the fest independent, lessons and highlights learned along the way, the state of the industry, the importance of human connection, and so much more. Listen above or on iTunes.

Show notes

In this episode, we covered:

  • How Desert Daze got started as a block party
  • How it has remained independent over seven years
  • The future of music festivals – big to small
  • What it’s like being called to a career in music
  • How Desert Daze is an unreasonable amount of work and why it’s worth it
  • How our experiences with music can impact our inner and outer universes
  • How community and rituals and help us to collectively heal ourselves and each other
  • The challenge of learning how to manage people and expectations
  • Taking a communal approach to everything, from running a business and raising a kid
  • When commerce takes a back seat to real human relationships
  • How Iggy Pop is a prophet
  • Making space for artists who are the real deal
  • When it’s ok to go from DIY to doing it together

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