A DJ who introduced electronic music to Burning Man more than two decades ago also says he is responsible for ruining the festival, which now attracts hundreds of thousands of people, including celebrities and the rich.
Terbo Ted said he was the first DJ at Burning Man. He said he was invited to the Black Rock Desert to play with festival co-founder Larry Harvey after his friends came across an ad in a local magazine that promised "an experience in the desert".
Ted said there was a phone number on the ad, and when he called, Harvey offered him and his friends to bring their music and a speaker system.
This was in 1992, a year after what began as a summer solstice ritual on the beach that headed for the Nevada desert.
A DJ who was the first to bring electronic music to Burning Man also says he ruined the week-long desert festival
Burning Man is held annually in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada and attracts hundreds of thousands of people
Some say it was time for Burning Man to become a great week-long art festival, while others believe it was the beginning of the festival's fall.
According to Ted, the San Francisco Cacophony Society took Burning Man to the Black Rock Desert, but he did not like the idea of sharing space with Ted and his raver friends.
Terbo Ted is a DJ who was the first to play in Burning Man in 1992
"The pranksters blamed us for everything," Ted told the San Francisco Gate. "So we can take the dance music culture out there, they thought we were bringing garbage to the consumer." They hated what we were doing.
At that time, only a small group of people knew what Burning Man was. To help attract more attendees to the festival or burners to the desert, Ted began to promote it strongly, which led to more ravers, hippies and technology bros Black Rock
Ted, however, is not solely responsible for the fall of Burning Man. The point of sale points out that the "extravagant camps" on the entire beach, the children who apparently attend with their parents, the addition of high-speed internet and the swarm of wealthy businessmen and women are also causes.
Ted, who has attended the festival over and over again in the last 26 years, said he has learned to appreciate what Burning Man has become.
I accept it. It's going to be different every year, "he said." That it happens is amazing, and it's the most modern city in the world. "Culture is bigger than Larry, bigger than me, bigger than anyone, then you can not. say that someone really owns it.
Celebrities, models and the rich go to Burning Man. In the photo they are burners at the festival on August 29
In 1992, when Ted started playing, only a few people attended, now hundreds of thousands attend