JB: What's the most rewarding part of producing Catskill Chill?
DM: Hearing the reactions of the masses. Pam Koslov, our Director of
Relations and Hospitality, sends me all the artist feedback, and from the headliners to
the opening acts, all seemed thrilled to have taken part. That part is amazing, but even
better is the feedback I hear from the shuttle drivers on Monday morning, after ferrying
the attendees to their cars. Everyone seemed to have had a great time, and that is why we
do this, after all.
[Photo by Scott Harris]
JB: With so many bands now a part of the "Chillfam," does it become
balance wanting a fresh lineup with bringing back the acts that always deliver at the
DM: That might be the hardest part. We want them all back every year. We
become friends with many of our Chillfam artists, and having to tell them that they may
need a year off - not because they aren't amazing and dear to us and our following, but
simply to get in some new acts, is always something I dread. Luckily, we are going to be
doing a great deal more club show promotions this year, so that should give us more
opportunities to keep everyone intimately involved.
JB: As Phish fans, what was it like bringing Page and The Meter Men to
DM: It was awesome. We are Phish fans, and have been since high school in
the early '90s. At the end of the day, I just couldn't get over how nice Page and his
manager Richard were. You hope everything will go off smoothly, but from the moment these
guys rolled off their tour bus, to the moment they rolled back out, they were just great.
The first thing Page did was to take an unaccompanied walk though our vendor village, to
see what the vibe of the festival was. George Porter Jr. helped to make this booking
happen, as he was the only one in the group to have performed at the Chill in previous
years, and he happens to be one of the nicest guys on the planet, so he gets a tremendous
amount of thanks from the entire Chillfam. Overall, I couldn't be happier with how it all
went. They might have the first act we ever allowed play a encore - going over their time.
Steelman keeps us on schedule, no matter what, but somehow I just couldn't resist.
[Photo by Scott Harris]
JB: Have the Hancock/Wayne County locals embraced the festival?
DM: I think the reaction is pretty positive. We use a handful of local
vendors, and Ken Hays's Terrapin Foundation had a great food drive, which was all donated
to the Hancock, NY Food Pantry. Hopefully, the local businesses all did a little extra
business as a result of the attendee traffic.
JB: Do you expect Catskill Chill to return in 2014?
DM: Indeed we do. We are already in deep debate about headliners, site
plans and new dates. The details will be announced in the coming weeks, but one thing is
for sure, the Chill will be back at Minglewood in 2014, and you are invited!