After just a little digging though, it seems to me like this is a tempest in a teapot. The Dancetronauts were indeed denied a permit for their mutant vehicle for 2015, but consider the following:
I've personally enjoyed Dancetronauts before and have nothing against them, at all. I do, however, think that in an event of 70,000 people, rules are necessary, and when they're broken egregiously (no reason to be a stickler about small things), something has to be done, whether that's volume that's too loud, someone promoting a fucking album drop, or abusing the early entry pass system. Nobody's telling Dancetronauts they can't come to Burning Man either - they're just not going to get a mutant vehicle permit for this year. That's it. It's a wrist slap. The equivalent of a timeout, and only for their vehicle, since all the individual members are free to attend.
Here's the letter, omitted from the Burners.me article, from the DMV to Dancetronauts laying out the reasons for the denial of their permit. Read it and see what you think. Does the DMV come off to you like they're being completely unfair, especially considering the Dancetronauts mutant vehicle was on probation? I don't think so.
On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 9:58 AM, DMV Hotties wrote:
Hello Philip & Trav –
I apologize for the delay in getting back with you as I’ve just recently taken responsibility for DMV following the departure of Wally Bomgaars.
Our continuing concern is that your responses don’t address the core issues raised by DMV and by participants.
The key responses you sent us are:
It’s important for you to understand that the complaints about your sound levels on Burn night are serious and include complaints from two Burning Man founders, several members of the DMV Council, other Burning Man staff and the DMV Manager (Wally Bomgaars) personally. It did drown out music from other nearby mutant vehicles.
“Keep in mind that if we continue to have the level of complaints and issues that we have been having for the past few years, we may have to take greater steps to limit large sound on vehicles. Please consider your impact on the community and help us all keep sound on MVs a positive experience.”
The Dancetronaut's mutant vehicle was issued a conditional license for 2014 based on sound policy violations from 2013.
Following the 2014 event, as previously mentioned, we received more sound complaints about the Dancetronauts mutant vehicle than any other vehicle in the history of the event. Despite multiple requests, you have not provided a satisfactory response to these complaints nor provided a plan to address them for 2015.
Additionally, in 2014, we were notified Dancetronauts were offering among other things, Early Entry passes and access to their mutant vehicles as a perks as part of your Indiegogo fundraiser. Early Entry passes were created specifically to allow artists, theme camp organizers and mutant vehicles owners early access to the event site to prepare for the event. It was a violation of the Early Entry pass policy to offer them as a perk.
This combination of infractions and your inability to provide a satisfactory response and resolution leave us no option but to deny a license to the Dancetronauts mutant vehicle for 2015. You are welcome to apply next year for 2016.
Terry Schoop and the DMV Council
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