Getting to the BOTTOM of Lost Lands Ass Eating Phenomena With Brett Fabina
Lost Lands was a few weeks ago. With CouchLands, Lost Lands and AssLands, there were a lot of things going on. The Lost Lands Ass Eating contest blew up during Lost Lands day 3. In result, it back-lashed. Here are things you need to know about it and the people below:
- It wasn’t sexual and it was consensual
- People did shower.
- Brett Fabina and his crew raised approx $2,300 dollar proceeds went to Irma victims.
Bet, you didn’t know that, huh? Instead of being judgemental, we took the time to do some research. And of course, interview the ass man himself, Brett Fabina.
Brett Fabina Discusses #AssLands: How Ass Eating Turned into an act of Philanthropy.
One thing that is admirable about Brett Fabina aside from his clever entrepreneurship skills is his love for his parents, becoming a commercial pilot and how close he is with his friends. Many people assume this was a solo effort at Lost Lands, but he couldn’t have done it without his crew.
The People Behind It
Charlie Bales and Claire Koellhoffer handled the food for the fundraiser. They got all the food and cooked it. They did a phenomenal job and the food was absolutely incredible. Andrew Wilcox is my best friend and is one of the many who helped me organize the campsite and the afterparty. Andy and I spent several nights together planning everything weeks before the festival. Susan quick is who made initial contact with feeding Florida. We have all been in touch since and plan on working with them more in the future. Taylor Montgomery was in charge of the Ball pit. Which was a raging success. We all brought something to the table and worked together as a team to make this thing come together.
What inspired the Lost Lands Ass Eating contest and how has it changed your perception of going throwing events at a festival?
I’ll admit, Booty Sundaes was my idea. It was not meant to be sexual in any way. It was all in good fun and was intended purely for laughs. I love to have a good time and I try to make things as unique and memorable as possible. I’ve been doing this for years and each time I try to make it different. We go bigger and better every time. Nothing, in particular, inspired the contest.
Almost every time I do something like this my reasoning behind it is “This would be hilarious, let’s do it”. Every time it has been a success. I love to have fun and I love making sure others are having fun with me. Yes, I do things a little differently, but it’s always in good fun and it is always respectful. We made trophies for the contest and we handed them out to the competitors. It was all pre-planned and had nothing to do with the fundraiser.
- P.S. all participants showered prior to the contest. Next year, I’m bringing strawberry and caramel syrup, sprinkles, and cherries. We’re going to have to build your own booty sundaes.
Raising Money For Irma
This is an interesting way to generate awareness of the hurricane Irma victims, what made you decide you wanted to donate the proceeds to Irma?
After the destruction from Irma, Charlie Bales and Eliot Myers from my team came to me with the idea of raising money for hurricane relief. I loved the idea and immediately started looking into different charities with Susan Quick (another member of our team). Susie made initial contact with Lindsay Fountain with Feeding Florida and told her what we were doing.
I talked to Lindsay the next day and we have all been in touch ever since. It has been a pleasure working with Feeding Florida and we look forward to the future. This will not be the last time we do this. We plan to continue fundraising at festivals and change the festival world for the better. We want to make a difference and get help to those who need it.
That is after all what EDM is all about. Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect.
- If you don’t live by that, then what is the point of going to festivals in the first place? We have brothers and sisters within our group who were affected by Irma. They almost were unable to make it to the festival because of it. We hope what we accomplished here encourages others to do the same in the future.
During Lost Lands, how did people react to the event?
Honestly, I did not hear one complaint personally. Everyone I talked to was happy to be camped near us. We didn’t only look out for our camp, but for those around us as well. Anything that was found lost, we returned to the rightful owner. We respected everyone and were there to help anyone in need. The brunch on Friday and Saturday was a huge success and the food was phenomenal.
We had games set up at all times for those who wanted to play. We handmade a gigantic Jenga game and a 15×19 foot twister board. Also, we had tables set up for beer pong as well. Oh yeah.. . We had a ball pit cuddle puddle. A lot of people slept in the ball pit throughout the weekend, myself included. Every night we had music until dawn. 2 of the 3 nights, we had live music. Special thank you to our DJs for killing it every night. I’m sure there is someone out there who didn’t appreciate us, but I’ve learned that it’s impossible to please everyone.
- We did the best we could and next year we will be back again to do it bigger and better. We will learn from any mistakes, whether big or small and make sure they don’t happen again.
If you could have 5 artists join and participate next year, who would it be and why?
Borgore for sure. He loves the booty. Borgore, if you are reading this, you are welcome to sign up for our booty eating contest at Lost Lands 2018, haha. I’d love for Excision to come out next year and see the brunch (yes, we are most certainly going to do it again after the huge success this year). I think it would be nice for him to see the good being done at his festival.
Though he can obviously see by reading this, it would still be nice if he stopped by to see it and grabbed some food. I guess we will see! Snails, Space Jesus, and Rezz are wonderful human beings as well. It would be lovely seeing them at our next fundraiser and indulging some breakfast burritos together. I’m sure it’s only a pipe dream, but I know it would mean a lot to my team for their hard work and also to any hurricane victims. Obviously, they live rather busy lives, but I know them showing up would mean everything to those affected.
What would you name this event next year?
Lost Lands Booty Sundae’s 2.0. Booty Sundaes seemed to stick, so I figured it’s the best name for all future booty eating contests, haha.
Did you think it was going to get blown up the way it did?
I don’t think any of us thought it was going to get blown up the way it did. As a person, I knew what we were doing with Feeding Florida had the potential to get recognized, but never like this. I hired our own video and camera crew to make two different after movies. One for the campsite afterparty and one for the fundraiser.
Feeding Florida emailed me saying they would post the video for the fundraiser on their website and/or social network accounts as long as the video is appropriate. Which it is.
What type of attention did you receive aside from the negative comments?
Our group all pitched in to buy extra camping space so we would have room for whoever wanted to use it. We told everyone that our space was theirs. And, we didn’t even have to be there for them to use it. We also had water for anyone who needed it. The best part about hosting the campsite was the appreciation and the vibes. I can’t tell you how many times people came up to me saying how incredible our vibes were. That alone made it all worth it. Just seeing everyone comfortable in their own element and everyone coming together to have an amazing time. We enforced respect at our campsite not only for the ones camping there but for those who stop by as well.
Responsibility at Lost Lands
We enforced respect at our campsite not only for the ones camping there but for those who stop by as well. Of course, you’re always going to have some people who get out of line. It’s human nature, but we did the absolute best we could to maintain our camp as a safe, judgment-free zone for all. Even now that it’s all over, we have been receiving an incredible amount of support for what we did. Every time we get a message thanking us for what we did and saying that they can’t wait to see us next year, it makes it all worth it. We have had several people even offer to help us at Electric Forest and at Lost Lands 2018. I really think we have a chance to change the world with this.
Every time we get a message thanking us for what we did and saying that they can’t wait to see us next year, it makes it all worth it. We have had several people even offer to help us at Electric Forest and at Lost Lands 2018. I really think we have a chance to change the world with this. The amount of people coming together to help our fellow brothers and sisters is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen and I’m privileged to be a part of it.
What would you change for next year? What would you have done differently?
There were things we did right and things we did wrong, but we learned from everything we did. We will be even more organized next year and we will have it planned a little better as well. This was the first time I’ve done something of this magnitude, so I’d say it went rather well all considering. We tried to do too much this year and as a result a few things fell through.
Next year we will plan just a little less and focus on making what we do have planned even bigger and better. Also, we only had 3 months to plan for Lost Lands this year. Now we have an entire year. All I can say is to prepare yourself because next year is going to blow this year out of the water. We will be posting updates in our group page for the festival afterparty throughout the year for both Electric Forest and Lost Lands 2018, so stay tuned.
Who would you like to thank?
I want to thank my team. These magnificent human beings who went out of their way to make this fundraiser a success. They deserve it. Charlie Bales, Claire Koellhoffer, Susan Quick, Brandon Smith, Aaron Stemple, Shane Garrett, Gabriella Giancola, Amanda Lawrence, Nathan Meyer, Lindsey Prochaska, Eliot Myers, Oscar Lopez, Andrew Wilcox, Taylor Montgomery, Steve Vance, Devon Dougherty, and of course Brett Fabina (That’s me).
I want to give a very special shout-out to our video and camera crew (we will have an after movie for the afterparty campsite. I’m hoping to have it done by Christmas). Thank you, Alan Joseph, Travis Barron, Jorge Hinojosa, and Jeff Van Fox. These guys did a phenomenal job!
I also want to give a very special thank you to Excision for throwing this festival. Lost Lands was one of the best experiences I’ve had and it’s because of his hard work and dedication to his fans. Jeff outdid himself entirely. I was blown away. I expected it to be incredible, but not life-changing. Lost Lands changed the festival world for sure. I’ve truly never seen anything else like it. Jeff went out of his way to make sure every single attendant had the absolute best experience. I heard he personally fired security for being rude to attendees and breaking their belongings. This is why everyone loves him. Jeff is an incredible human being and he actually gives a damn. The last thing he did at the end of the festival
Thank you, Jeff and Lost Lands. Lost Lands 2018!
Lost Lands changed the festival world for sure. I’ve truly never seen anything else like it. Jeff went out of his way to make sure every single attendant had the absolute best experience. I heard he personally fired security for being rude to attendees and breaking their belongings. This is why everyone loves him. Jeff is an incredible human being and he actually gives a damn. The last thing he did at the end of the festival
The last thing he did at the end of the festival was tell everyone to make sure they cleaned their campsite before they left. He thanked the owner of the land which I’ve never seen done before either. He listens to his fans and gives them exactly what they want and what they need. It’s because of him that this festival was so phenomenal and we all need to thank him for it. When I walked through those gates on Friday, I was speechless. The production that went into this festival? Unreal. Bravo to Jeff and everything he has done for the EDM community. We all need to thank him for throwing this. I can’t wait to go back in 2018 and hopefully many years to come.
When I walked through those gates on Friday, I was speechless. The production that went into this festival? Unreal. Bravo to Jeff and everything he has done for the EDM community. We all need to thank him for throwing this. I can’t wait to go back in 2018 and hopefully many years to come.
Is the EDMDAYCARE team invited?
Absolutely!! Let me put it this way. If you aren’t there for Lost Lands 2018, the festival will be missing out. After talking to you guys, it’s clear you are wonderful people and I honestly cannot wait to meet all of you! Please be in touch! We look forward to meeting all of you!!
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