Burner Podcast. An independent, biweekly show featuring interviews and commentary covering Burning Man culture, people and lifestyle.
info_outline Episode 125: DanceSafe 12/09/2021
Episode 125: DanceSafe A 2.5 hour deep dive with the leadership team of DanceSafe, the national drug education and risk reduction 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Mitchell Gomez, Madalyn McElwain, Kristin Karas, Rachel Clark and Jessica Breemen share DanceSafe’s history, initiatives and discuss the political implications, as well as social and racial justice components of drug and dance music culture. Closing set by Beat Kitty (The Gradient Perspective). Shop: Volunteer Training: Donate: Hear the entirety of Beat Kitty's set here:
info_outline Episode 124: Renegade Burn 2021 Recap 10/06/2021
Episode 124: Renegade Burn 2021 Recap Pink Heart founder John Halcyon joins Arash for their almost annual tradition of recapping the year leading up to and their annual pilgrimage to Burning Man. The conversation explores our community navigating the pandemic (on and off playa) and mental health in the time of Covid-19 balanced with some fun stories of joy and synchronicity in the dust. Closing set by Chulatto (17 Virgins)
info_outline Episode 123: What a Journey 08/18/2021
Episode 123: What a Journey Arash visits with Dan Reeves and Lee Hemingway of The Journey Project from episode 59. The conversation dives into stories of their experiences building on playa, where the project went after Burning Man 2017 and very personal reflections on mental health and community.
info_outline Episode 122: Perky Parts Unknown 08/14/2021
Episode 122: Perky Parts Unknown Trav Mo, Felisha and Jesse Severns of Perky Parks camp recount their ridiculous adventure bringing a camel art car named Humpty to Burning Man and reflect on other adventures in burning including the year they villaged with Playground. Closing set by Gutto Serta (Favela) Trav Mo, Felisha and Jesse Severns of Perky Parks camp recount their ridiculous adventure bringing a camel art car named Humpty to Burning Man and reflect on other adventures in burning including the year they villaged with Playground. Closing set by Gutto Serta (Favela) (there is nothing here)
info_outline Episode 121: invisible Gates 06/22/2021
Episode 121: invisible Gates Dr. Amanda J Lucia's life long adventure through India, yoga festivals and academia eventually brought her to Burning Man and made her an active citizen of Black Rock City. Dr. Lucia is the author of White Utopias: The Religious Exoticism of Transformational Festivals. Closing set by Navjeet Sarna (Alkaline Podcast) Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Mixcloud, SoundCloud or among many others.
info_outline Episode 120: Someone Brought a 747 to Burning Man 05/11/2021
Episode 120: Someone Brought a 747 to Burning Man On this jumbo jet sized episode, we get to know Ken Feldmen and follow him through his post college days throwing some of the earliest bigger production raves in Austin while exploring aerospace, telecom entrepreneurship and rockets. Life eventually brings him to Burning Man, leading to the the creation of one of Black Rock City's most beloved art cars and culminating with the Big Imagination team's wild ride bringing the divisive 747 project to the playa (and avoiding getting arrested trying to get it back off). Closing set by illich Mujica (Big Imagination) 00:05-00:15 Ken's early life 00:15-00:30 Throwing raves in Austin 00:30-00:45 Aerospace and rocket talk 00:45-01:00 Movies and production 01:00-01:15 Charlie the Unicorn 01:15-01:30 Obtaining a 747 01:30-01:45 Build and transport 01:45-02:15 Stuck on playa 02:15 illich Mujica's set Listen to the entirety of illich Mujica's epic 2+ hour set at: Burner Podcast is produced by Muloka and Lana Boy And hosted by (mr)Arash Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Mixcloud or SoundCloud.
info_outline Episode 119: Wings of Glory 03/03/2021
Episode 119: Wings of Glory Adrian Landon, the artist behind the flaming steel pegasus that lived in front of Center Camp at Burning Man 2019, shares his story. Arash and Adrian chat about New York, art theory and horsies. Closing set by Gorgon City (Playground) Arash’s Editor’s Note: Adrian’s name is pronounced LANdon. Adrian and Producer Lana are literally sitting in the room and no one corrected me till after. And since I’m the one that does this part of the job I get to screw with Lana right back. "Our set from the Playground stage @ Burning Man. Big love to everyone who came, the vibe was unreal! Thanks to Opulent Temple for having us <3 It was our first ever burning man experience, and we had a mind-blowing few days getting lost in the desert with friends.” -Gorgon City Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 118: Truckers on Speed 02/16/2021
Episode 118: Truckers on Speed Miva CEO, author of Dragonproof Ecommerce and host of Dragonproof Ecommerce Podcast, Rick Wilson, co-founded Playa-Q and has been burning for 15 (or 22) years. Arash picks his brain about professional lessons learned from running a Burning Man camp, stress management and leadership in the time of Covid-19. Closing set by Muloka (Burner Podcast) miva.com About the closing set: "Played the opening set at the Down The Rabbit Hole event hosted by the 17 Virgins in their speakeasy on Thursday night (August 29, 2019).” -Muloka Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 117: Lights in the Sky 12/27/2020
Episode 117: Lights in the Sky Arash nerds out in New York with Brandon Robinson, art-car creator and co-founder of Icarus. A Burning Man biography in three acts, Brandon shares his evolution from a wide-eyed 21-year-old attending his first burn and culminates with his taking part in the creation of one of Black Rock City's most noteworthy mutant vehicles. Closing set by Beat Kitty (The Gradient Perspective) Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 116.5: I'm Not Really a Burner 12/27/2020
Episode 116.5: I'm Not Really a Burner Arash interviewed John Reynolds (aka Bass Exotic) last year and learned about his upbringing, his adventures navigating fatherhood and cancer and his eventually ending up at Burning Man with a reinvigorated passion for music. This interview was originally intended to be content for a brand new podcast which was never actually launched but, since all roads in our community lead back to Black Rock City, here it is in it’s entirety for your listening pleasure. Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 116: Camp Camp Camp, a Camp 11/01/2020
Episode 116: Camp Camp Camp, a Camp Arash chats with Nick Bourbeau (Bobo Saurus), Courtney Maltais (Puppies) and Bradon Young (Pickles) of Camp Camp Camp about wisdom received from traveling abroad, leadership development and useful tips for protecting camp members' emotional health on playa. Closing set by Fitta (Camp Camp Camp) Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 115: Knotty Love 08/29/2020
Episode 115: Knotty Love Knotty Boy and Cylon reflect on meeting in the burner community and forging their relationship in the punishing heat and dust while working for Burning Man’s Gate Department, culminating with their recent wedding in the time of Covid-19. Closing set by Massio (Hoomidaas) Photo by John Curley Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 114.5: Dispatch From BRCvr 08/17/2020
Episode 114.5: Dispatch From BRCvr BRCvr co-founders Athena Demos, Greg Edwards and Doug Jacobson hop on a Zoom call with Arash to breakdown the VR Black Rock City experience they’ve been working on since 2014, which is now one of the eight different methods of experience the virtual 2020 Burning Man. Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 114: Burning Man So White 08/14/2020
Episode 114: Burning Man So White Black burners Kennos and Evita share stories and thoughts on experiencing Burning Man and our extended communities as people of color. Closing set by J.Richards (Miki Beach) Referenced on the show: In Pursuit of Happiness: Black at Burning Man My Experience as a Black Woman at Burning Man Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 113: Nobody Calls Me Mister 07/14/2020
Episode 113: Nobody Calls Me Mister After a three month hiatus, host (mr)Arash sits down with his previous long time collaborators, with whom he began his nearly decade-long podcasting journey, intending to clear some energetic cobwebs and creative blocks. Hip-hop artist and host of Crappy Awesome Podcast KillcRey and manager/booker Eddie Rangel join Arash for a very personal conversation about family, Hip-hop and our place as artists in the evolving Default World. Closing set by Igor Marijuan (Playground) Additional links… Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 112: Everything Burns Bigger in Texas 03/31/2020
Episode 112: Everything Burns Bigger in Texas Members of The Brimstone Society chat with Arash about that Gerlach regional, Austin's Burning Flipside (the world’s first regional burn), the evolution of Austin's FreezerBurn, the importance of coordinated safety efforts and other adventures in Texas burn culture. Closing set by travisBREAKS (Lava Lounge) “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 111: Kostume Kult 01/19/2020
Episode 111: Kostume Kult Costume Jim, Christopher Hardwick and Marianna Lavin fill Arash in on Kostume Kult's history, New York City Burning Man life and adventures in parade float orchestration. Closing set by Deep Woods (Heroes & Super Villains) Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 110: Communal Effort 12/24/2019
Episode 110: Communal Effort MÚCARO artist El NiNo returns to the show and brings his fundraising lead, Chrissy Spehar. The pair catch us up on their adventures and dispense a wealth of valuable advice for anyone raising money for their project. Closing set by Jason Douglas b2b Nacho Isa (Floasis/Pineapple Motel) Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 109: The Cloud 12/02/2019
Episode 109: The Cloud Burning Man 2019 was only Jorge Perdomo’s second burn but that didn’t stop him from leading the charge to bring a technically complex immersive sound experience to the Black Rock Desert all the way from New York City. Closing set by Township Rebellion Experience The Fluffy Cloud at Art Basel 2019 in Miami by entering the discount code "welcomehome" at . Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 108: Mariposita 11/14/2019
Episode 108: Mariposita Chris Carnabuci’s career as an artist’s artist slingshotted into existence only more recently and his ‘woman emerging for the egg' is only the beginning of Mariposita’s adventures. Closing set by Tim Fielding (Brainiak Records) 🦋 Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 107: Celtic Chaos 10/16/2019
Episode 107: Celtic Chaos Get to know “that Irish camp” of Burning Man, Celtic Chaos. Stephen Crowe, Billy Vaughan, Natasha, Rob Lane, Charlene Solarno, Anthony McDonagh and John Walsh guide Arash through their burn history, chat about their camp culture and geek out a bunch over their massive sound system. Closing set by N2N (Bunny Tiger Music) Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 106: Shredding at Sk8Kamp 09/26/2019
Episode 106: Shredding at Sk8Kamp David Thibert and Joey Wydeven, leads of Esplanade mainstay Sk8Kamp, talk skating, redefining family and having the secret service surround the Kokomotive mutant vehicle a block away from the White House. Arash gets to know the boys, what brought them to Burning Man and what lead to taking the helm of their 300 person camp. Closing set by TravNasty (Dancetronauts) Avatar photo by @watcharaphoto Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 105: The Ten Principles Episode, Finally 08/20/2019
Episode 105: The Ten Principles Episode, Finally The episode our team’s been talking about doing for like four years. Pink Heart and Hug Nation’s John Halcyon helps Arash navigate the 10 Principles of Burning Man, how they came to be and some practical applications. Say hi to us at Burning Man 2019! Halcyon will be at Pink Heart on Esplanade and Arash is with Camp ASAP on 7:45 and Cupid. Closing set by Muloka (Burner Podcast) Catch Muloka at Burning Man 2019: Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 104: Meet Me at the Orgy Dome 08/20/2019
Episode 104: Meet Me at the Orgy Dome Shade, Lazlo and Lefty, leads at Camp And Then There’s Only Love, are part of a group that is passionate about sex positivity and consent culture, which is what drives them bring the Orgy Tent to Black Rock City every year. Closing set by Seth Schwarz (PlayAlchemist) Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 103: To Build a Clan 07/13/2019
Episode 103: To Build a Clan South Africa is home to the world’s largest Burning Man regional event and Camp Sunset Oasis founder Mike Rule has been to every single one. Arash and Mike discuss his experience leading the San Clan effigy build team, raising a Burner family and life in Cape Town. Closing set by Rouge Fire (Cobracabana) Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 102: From Ibiza With Love 06/29/2019
Episode 102: From Ibiza With Love DJ and radio industry veteran, Igor Marijuan, talks international DJ life, life in Ibiza and finally agreeing to go to Burning Man at the urging of dance music legend Behrouz. Closing Set by Luca Bacchetti (Playground) Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 101: Airpusher Collective 06/11/2019
Episode 101: Airpusher Collective Cptn Jay, Charissa and Fay meet with Arash and Into the Fire Podcast host, Super Suz, to chat about their humble beginnings bringing the original Airpusher mutant vehicle to Burning Man and the event production company their little collective has grown in to. Closing set by Cptn Jay (Airpusher Collective) Listen on , , , , or . > >
info_outline Episode 100: AfrikaBurn 05/12/2019
Episode 100: AfrikaBurn Arash visits AfrikaBurn organizers Monique Schiess and Sonica Spirit in Cape Town to learn the history of their Burner community, how it relates to South Africa’s culture and just some of what goes in to manifesting the world’s largest Burning Man regional event. Closing set by Salt Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 99: Meet Megs 04/26/2019
Episode 99: Meet Megs Arash sits with Burning Man's Regional Network Associate Director, Meghan "Megs” Rutigliano, to talk about a life of art, working for BMorg and some of what goes in to coordinating the Global Leadership Conference and European Leadership Summit. Closing set by Aubade Listen on , , , , or .
info_outline Episode 98: Weeping in a Whiteout 04/03/2019
Episode 98: Weeping in a Whiteout Santa Cruz based artists Dave Date and Amber Coutts meet Arash at TheShop.Build maker space in San Francisco on it’s final days to chat about Burning Man art and their awesomely named regional burn, unSCruz. Closing set by Dancing Mandy (MNDA) Listen on , , , , or .