The inaugural edition of Dirtybird Campout took place in Silverado, CA during October of last year — and what an inauguration it was. Coonskin caps were donned, water balloons were thrown, and attendees’ unfulfilled childhood dreams came true, all amidst a perpetual stream of delectable beats courtesy of Dirtybird and friends.
Returning to Silverado’s Oak Canyon Park this October 7-9, Dirtybird Campout’s sophomore year promises to be bigger and better than ever. In addition to the label’s own roster of exceedingly talented acts, names such as Tourist, Paranoid London, and Marc Houle have found their place on the lineup, with a few more surprise guests still to come. Ahead of the festival, we’ve teamed up with Dirtybird for an ongoing interview series spotlighting both the imprint’s own stars, as well as the myriad of world-class artists on the bill.
While the previous post in this series features one of Dirtybird’s younger members, this week shines the spotlight on an artist who’s part of the original four – none other than Worthy. A driving force behind Dirtybird from the start, Worthy has seen the imprint through from its humble beginnings to its development into once of the most beloved labels around. It’s no wonder then why his sound so effortlessly exemplifies the upbeat and quirky nature commonplace of Dirtybird releases today. Making the rounds again at Campout this year, Worthy is sure to be found either delivering a bass-driven set behind the decks or seeking retribution on Claude during the water balloon toss.
How long have you been DJing for & how did you get your start?
I started DJing in 1997. I went to my first rave then in NYC and was blown away by the music, the vibe, and the people. I watched the DJs and said I want to do that. So, I scrambled some money together to buy a really crappy mixer and a second mediocre turntable and started saving all my money to buy records from then on.
What was your first label release? Would you still play it?
My first release was Blue Angels and I’m Missing You on my label Anabatic. I just went to check them out and they are way better than I remember. Don’t think they would really fit into the sound I am currently playing, but I still dig them.
What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?
I think the one the sticks out the most was when I had Work The Walls come out. I felt like that track really put me on the map and it was a really fun time in my career. It was also the first music video I ever did for one of my tracks.
If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?
That is always a hard one, since there are so many great artists out there. I think it would be cool to be Jamie Lidell for a day and see how he comes up with his music.
What are you looking forward to most about Dirtybird Campout?
I am most excited about the time I get to spend with all of the rest of the Dirtybird crew and the OG friends and family. It is so special to have a couple of days to be with everyone from the crew for more than a couple of hours. Outside of that I am really looking forward to the activities again. I have to get Claude back for the water ballon he took me out with last year.
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
It’s such a hard choice because everyone on there is amazing and I can’t wait to see everyone. Since I have to choose three I’ll go with Green Velvet, German Brigante, and Justin Jay & Friends.
What are three essential items you wouldn’t go camping without?
Toilet Paper, Head Lamp, Weed.
Do you have a favorite (or funny) camping memory?
I remember going to my first Burn with Justin and Christian Martin, and Fernando. We had this insanely packed car so we put our clothes bags on the top thinking we are going to the desert its dry there, they will be okay. Once we got into the Nevada Desert we got hit with a Thunderstorm and all our clothes and bags were soaking wet. Luckily it was so hot after that everything got dry pretty quickly. But it was a shit show.