The mind-blowing parties at DISTRIKT this year were exceeded only by the teamwork, camaraderie and friendship that made them all possible. I feel like I've worn that line out since Burning Man, but it still rings true and that, more than anything else, was my big take-away from a week in the Black Rock desert with DISTRIKT. It was really something special to see such a tight-knit group of friends work so well together to achieve so much.
I was not at Burning Man in 2010 and I missed the maiden voyage of the DISTRIKT camp, which by all accounts was a huge success, but as far as I can tell DISTRIKT was even better in 2011. There was a cool, sophisticated aesthetic to the camp design that had not been seen before thanks to Ronnie Altoonian. There were lavish intra-camp amenities (e.g. a huge, shaded bar complete with chandeliers [and stripper poles], camp showers with hot and cold water options, a cozy dust-free chill space known as the 'bordello' and two giant misting trees in the middle of the dance space). Thanks to the craftsmanship of Matt Kramer and many others, the camp structures like the DJ booth, the observation deck above it, the staging and dance platforms were rock solid. Thanks to the efforts of Kramer and Ben Seagren there was a well-thought-out and carefully-programmed DJ line-up that created the perfect ambience for the epic parties that took place there all week long. And then there was my good friend, Piper Hook, overseeing the whole production making sure that DISTRIKT ran like a well-oiled, playa party machine from set-up to strike.
I covered a lot of ground at Burning Man this year and can honestly say that I did not experience anything even remotely close to the vibe at DISTRIKT. It was truly unique.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone at DISTRIKT for sharing the camp with me this year. It was an honor and privilege to be a part of it.
1. La La Land (Santiago & Bushido Remix) - Green Velvet
2. Cali Edit - Cut La Roc
3. Let's Ride - Krafty Kuts, Sporty-O
4. Saxone (Krafty Kuts Re-Rub) - Criminal Vibes
5. The Time (Stanton Warriors Remix) - Black Eyed Peas
6. Turn Up The Volume (Dublic Rerub) - Autoerotique
7. Bangkok (Krafty Kuts Rerub) - Boris Delugosh
8. Travellin' (Elite Force Remix) [2008 re-mash] - Black Twang
9. Bangin Machine (Beta Remix) - Kid Digital
10. Ayo vs Tarantula (Reboot) - Slyde
11. Cal State Anthem (Cold Blank Remix - Dublic Rerub) - Peace Treaty, Kissed With A Noise
12. Pacha On Acid (Krafty Kuts Re-Rub) - Afrojack
13. We Are DISTRIKT - Elite Force
14. Dynamite feat. SebastiaAn - SebastiAn, Kraak & Smaak
For more information on Zach visit www.djzachmoore.com or check out his fan page on Facebook.
For more of Zach's mixes visit:
http://soundcloud.com/spacecowboys/sets/dj-zach-moore-mixography or http://djzachmoore.podomatic.com.