UPDATE: Diplo has defended against what has been reported about his experience at Burning Man. His tweet below contradicts what has been rumored about JACK U’s Burning Man performance. Also, a video was released of the performance which doesn’t show any footage of the crowd being angry with JACK U. Although there is no footage of “Turn Down For What.” See the video here.
It has been a bad week for iconic and legendary duo of Skrillex and Diplo (also known as JACK U) with their Electric Zoo set getting canceled due to weather conditions and now rumors that they were booed off stage at Burning Man. Last week, 65,000 + people gathered in the dusty Nevada desert to come together and celebrate music, art, and community at Burning Man. Passion, self-expression, and freeing festivities are all what make Burning Man unique. Nudity is normal – and not to be gawked at. Rituals are sacred, money is non-existent and working together is vital. Burning man definitely appeals to a specific group of people and etiquette should be importantly followed.
Underground House and Techno DJ Seth Troxler was scheduled to play on the Robot Heart Bus on Wednesday night at Burning Man, but refused to play after his friends were denied on stage (um, okay…). JACK U was scheduled to play the day after, so they quickly agreed to fill the spot. Burners found the set okay until Diplo dropped Turn Down For What which apparently resulted in the crowd getting angry and booed the duo off of the stage.
Rule number one to being a musician: know your audience. Even some of the biggest artists forget that not everyone is a fan of their music.
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