What inspired you to start Dude Fest, dude?
One winter day in 2002/2003, I was sitting around my apartment in desolate
of my friends are in stupid bands, and that, much like Wayne Campbell, if I booked it, they would come. So, I got the idea to put together some sort of "big show". I think Books Lie hit me up about booking a date for them in the summer time around the time I was dreaming this all up. It was either Books Lie or Daughters. Regardless, I soon after started asking a bunch of my friends bands to come to
What does it take to put something of this magnitude together?
It doesn't really take much more than a gmail account, and the proper e-mail contact list. The fest isn't too hard for me to put together, as the fest has stayed true to its roots for the most part. I just ask a bunch of my friends bands to come and play the fest, and I see what happens from there. I've been reaching out to other bands too that I don't know personally, but I just really want to see come and play. Playing in bands and booking shows on a regular basis for the
better part of 10 years or so helps as well.
Is it a plus or minus doing the fest in
There are a lot of awesome local bands in
How would you say the trends have changed over the years concerning the fest? i.e. new faces or old faces, fashion or passion, hipsters or lifers, etc?
The fest has sort of gotten more and more "metal" over the years, and this hasn't really been done intentionally. I think that's sort of the crowd and bands that have the most interest in the fest. I usually start out by asking a wide variety of bands to come and play, but it seems like only the heavier types seem excited about coming out to it. My passion is mostly set in DIY punk/hardcore scene, and people with deep roots or connections to the same background are generally the people I want to see at the fest. There has been a core group of people that have come to almost every single fest, and it seems that people try to come back again and again after they have been once. So a lot of this fest flies in the face of what is "hip." It's mostly created in the vacuum that is my personal tastes and interests.
What do you think was the craziest moment in the fest's history?
There are so many nudity filled moments to mention. I'm probably not the best person to ask about this because a lot of times I barely get to watch most of the bands or anything, as I'm help up taking care of some sort of business. Hewhocorrupts definitely inspired a "naked circle pit around the building" in 2005. A gallon of milk appeared in the hands of some man wearing nothing but a Hawaiian shirt in 2006. At the first dude fest, and man later to be know only as "the dude" appeared. He was probably in his mid 50's and no one knew who he was. He was doing some amazing dances that seemed as if he was trying to channel some sort of spirits while the bands played. People in animal costumes have also seemingly become a staple of the fest.
What kind of direction are you looking to take the fest in the future as far as bands, sponsors, and even going interactive?
I don't really know what you mean by "going interactive". If you want to interact, there's no way better than getting your ass to
What separates Dude Fest from the many other punk oriented fests such
as Mauled by Tigers, Chaos in Tejas, Insubordination, Riot Fest, etc.?
I've never been to any of those other fests, so I don't really know. I met a guy that worked on the Mauled by Tigers fest, and it seems like we're more or less on the same page as far as how we operated things. And although I've never been, it seems like Dude Fest comes out of the same ethos as Best Friends Day in
not too concerned about getting "big bands" to draw in a crowd, and I'm pretty big into quality control with the line-up. I won't really just let any band that asks to come and play. A good deal of "bigger bands" have asked to come play the fest, and even though they would have definitely drawn some more people, I didn't like their band so I didn't have them play. There seems to be a trend of "fests" happening every other week, that are nothing more than the combination of two package tours and every local band in the area that asked to play. Dude Fest is something that I plan, months and months in advance. Almost to the point now that I'm talking to bands about playing in 2009, even though 2008 hasn't even happened yet.
What did you study in school?
I have a degree in physics from
Finally what impact do you personally think Dude Fest is making on the
I don't think it's doing that much. The idea of having a fest is definitely nothing new, and wasn't new at all when I started doing it in 2003. However, the fest is always a TON of fun, so it gives
people that want something awesome to do for a weekend an opportunity to meet up with their friends from all over the country as well.