2 days, 2 stages and 40 bands: Talking DZ Fest with Ben Aruguelles (and eating subs from Peppo's) by Yak Channel Podcast Network published on 2018-06-24T20:25:13Z This week's guest is DZ Records impresario Ben Arguelles, who's getting ready to launch this year's DZ Fest (July 7 & July 8). DZ Fest has become a must-attend, totally DIY, 2-day event... at his house. On this episode (sponsored by BOOST MOBILE), we discuss: Staging a 2-day DIY festival in his backyard: 2 days, 2 stages, 40 bands. ("Setting up is always a crazy time.") I don't know my neighbors, and DZ Fest drives home the shame I feel. Having a beard and eating messy food: The enjoyment of having the same meal twice! Our food was from south side sub institution Peppo's. The secret of Peppo's? "The guts" ("it's a messy meal") Starting DZ Fest in 2012: Did Ben think at the time that he was biting off more than he could chew? Staging DZ Fest: From stage-building to wiring the electricity. "People are watching, and they're probably repulsed by me." The DZ Fest booking process: Are bands offering themselves up as much as Ben's chasing them down? Has anyone tried to co-opt or move DZ Fest to a new location? Ben's roommates: Hamm's drinkers. Who will be the "sleeper" band at this year's DZ Fest "You mean a band you sleep through?" "No!"