Name: Brad Petz
Rave Name: N/A
Hometown/Current Location: San Diego, CA
Occupation: City Parks and Rec
What was your first electronic music event?
Not quite electronic, but Coachella 2010 was my first music event. At 18 years old, I still have no idea why my parents let me go, but I’m very glad they did.
What/who influenced you to attend your first event?
My friend group was really into music, so concerts were a common occurrence; My first concert was actually Iron Maiden at the ripe old age of 15. When we first heard about this huge party in the desert with Gorillaz, Jay-Z, Thom York, LCD Soundsystem, Etc, we all scrapped up money to go. I bought my ticket in late March, and then added on my camping pass the first week of April, which really goes to show how much this festival has grown over just the past 6 years. Little did I know what I was signing myself up for.
What is one moment from an event that was special and why?
Choosing one moment is impossible for me, but a few that stick out in my mind: The first view I ever got of the perfect, seemingly endless Polo Grounds. That huge origami crane, the Do Lab in the background, surrounded by group after group ecstatic about leaving the real world and reveling in the best weekend of the year.
Another would be from the very next year, when Win Butler and those crazy indie rockers dropped their now famous Arcade Fire Balls. We were close enough where a few popped around in our area, and I actually caught one! It was the centerpiece of dancing for the next hour, before, at the end of the show, some douche bro punched it out of my hands 🙁 was fun while it lasted.
Between the Tupac hologram, Kanye in 2011, AC/DC, Jack White, Ratatat last year, and way too many more to mention. Story for another time.
What is your favorite festival or event?
Coachella, definitely. The vibes are unmatched, the lineup is always full of incredible talent year after year, and they improve the experience every year. This will be year #7 for me! But Outside Lands is really cool, I saw Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Metallica, and others in a forest in the middle of SF.
What is your favorite electronic song and why?
‘Strobe’ is the first song that popped into my head when I read the question. It’s an ethereal song that was one of the first ‘electronic’ songs that really affected me. Another song that comes to mind is Starve the ego, Feed the soul by The Glitch Mob. What those three guys do for the scene really is amazing.
Who are your favorite artists?
SBTRKT, Tame Impala, Pretty Lights, Arcade Fire, Darkside (anything Nicolas does really), Flying Lotus, Foals, Iron Maiden, the list goes on.
What are your favorite genres?
Indie rock, Downtempo(!), Techno, Metal, Reggae
What do you feel your “identity” is in the electronic music community?
I’ve always been an observer, which I have carried into my festival life. Never been much into kandi, rave gear and all that, but the cool part is you don’t have to be decked out to be accepted into this community. In my limited time going to shows and festivals, the overall feel is people respecting others for displaying who they truly are, however that may be. All you need to get started is a good attitude and some dancing shoes.
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself for the readers?
Always look on the bright side of life! And never be afraid to say “hi”, it’s the best ice breaker. Oh yea, that’s my Bus 🙂
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