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
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
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