The Debrief | Dave Marzollo Talks Catskill Chill 2013

JB: How long ago did you start planning this year's event?

DM: From the second the Kick Rocks set ended on Sunday night of 2012.

[Photo by Scott Harris]

JB: What's the most time-consuming part of producing Catskill Chill?

DM: The booking takes a long time. Constructing our "dream team staff" is time consuming as well. Clean-up takes all winter and well into the spring. Yet, the perhaps the greatest time bandit of all is the time spent on the phone with partners Larry Siegel and Josh Cohen micromanaging the details. These two guys seem to spend every waking moment considering the little stuff and we talk for hours on end - as my wonderful and patient wife Melia will attest. We don't get it all right every time, but it certainly is not for lack of effort. Deep debates on details as mundane as port-o-john placement, merch selections and advertising detail will rage day and night. These guys care about every detail, and I like to think it shows.

JB: What's the most frustrating part of producing Catskill Chill?

DM: Maybe missing most of the music. While I am thrilled with the staff we have assembled, I am just too much of a hands on promoter to just sit back and enjoy. My wife gave birth to my second son, exactly one week before the Chill. The close proximity of these two life-altering events forced me to hire a staff that could run the entire event without me even being there. Let's face it, the birth of my child is the only thing that would make me miss my festival. Yet, even though I know that all of my department heads were fully self-sufficient, I just can never resist the urge to ride around on my cart and check on how things are going. Thankfully, I have plenty of audio and video to get me through the winter


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