Camp Bisco 2012: Recap + 3 Exclusive Interviews (Dada Life, Craze & Codes)
"WMUC's Asad and Peter take on what is perhaps America's most ridiculous music festival: Camp Bisco"
When fans crossed through the gates of Indian Lookout Country Club last week in upstate New York, the moment was comparable to entering another planet while simultaneously savoring the most delicious forbidden fruit. A music lover’s wet dream and haven for self-expression, Camp Bisco temporarily emancipated over 13,000 visitors from across the country by providing them a temporary promise land and unforgettable getaway from the dregs of the “real world.”
Featuring three days and nights of phenomenal performances by today’s biggest and upcoming electronic artists and jam bands, including headline acts like Skrillex, Bassnectar, Lotus, and (of course) the Disco Biscuits, the energy at Camp Bisco was incessant. In spite of intense heat and massive dust clouds, nothing slowed fans down as they dutifully marched like armies of neon ants between the five stages to see their favorite acts. Even when the music was over, it wasn’t really over: countless campsite boom boxes and a late night Silent Disco kept the party alive until 5 am each night.
In its 11th year running, the festival attracted people from across the spectrum of society, ranging from “bass head” ravers and fratty college students to hard-partying government workers and free love hippies. This motley fusion of campers, united by music and overseen by a frighteningly efficient yet carefree Hells Angels security team, produced a surprisingly harmonious Bisco community that otherwise defied reality as new friendships were made and mutual understanding reached.
With over 130 individual performances, it’s impossible to say who had the best set.
Thursday featured a rather electro-dubstep heavy lineup on the big stages, including Skrillex, Zeds Dead, and a slew of OWSLA talents (e.g. Porter Robinson, Zedd, Kill the Noise). Despite lots of newer and hyped up talent, it’s still no doubt that the faithful came in droves for the Disco Biscuits’ first set of the weekend (out of 6 in total).
On Friday, tunes like Dada Life’s “Kick Out the Epic Motherf****r” blasted through the B.I.G. Tent all day and culminated when the banana-bashing, champagne guzzling Swedish duo headlined that night.
Senior reporters Asad and Peter even snagged some of their time for a WMUC exclusive Dada Life interview!
Other Friday highlights included a performance from Big Boi of Outkast, who even though he showed up late, had everyone singing along to “Ms. Jackson” before Lotus – easily one of the most respected and creative jam bands on the tour circuit – banged out winding song after song. Amon Tobin rocked the stage in between Biscuit sets with his thunderous bass lines and wild video mapping visual show.
Sunday was fun. Aside from three considerably different Disco Biscuit sets on the main stage, Big Gigantic sizzled a sexy sax and instrumental set before the wildly popular Bassnectar took stage. It’s no question Bassnectar had the most packed crowd all weekend.
Over at the Label Tent, the Fools Gold crew was in full effect and throwing down like a wild family reunion.
Check out WMUC’s exclusive interviews with Craze and Codes below!
When everything wrapped up early Sunday morning as campers begrudgingly dismantled their tents and packed up their cars, it became clear that a return to reality was quickly dawning. However, it is clear that the memories, new friendships, and self-discoveries made at Camp Bisco will give this year’s campers something to talk about for a long time to come.