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Star agreed to stay open all night for you?
I had asked if they would be interested in allowing me to have the event here, and they very graciously said yes.
Are they keeping you stocked with coffee?
I'm keeping a tab. I do have my fingers crossed...
Were there lots of people around overnight?
There were a fair amount, but it wasn't necessarily for the event. There was a staff thing and some friends of theirs came by as well. The first three hours, the tip jar had two $5s. And at some point in the night I pulled the money out and it had $100. [Wells just met his goal of $1150 in donations.]
So why are you DJing here?
It was born from a joke, because I do a lot of online DJing [through Second Life and a live stream] and I have a tendency to play long sets. Someone had been bragging about playing for 6 hours, and that was a record or something. I was talking with a friend about how that didn't seem super long. They said you should do a 12-hour set, and I said, why not just make it a whole day? Within a few minutes, I said I really could do something like that if it was for charity.
Why did you choose Heifer International to support?
I think with any nonprofit, their goal is to put themselves out of business, because they're combating something, trying to fix a problem. This was the first time I came across something where their plan seemed to be workable, at least theoretically. The hook for me is that when a family receives a gift of livestock or beehives or plants, the goal is to build from that. A lot of people are like, if you give somebody a cow, then they can eat for a week. But it's not meant to be a food cow. Maybe it's a milk cow or a labor cow...it's supposed to be something that can grow. At some point down the road, if you receive a donation you're responsible for donating an equal amount to what you received. You know, I've had to explain Heifer a lot in the last day, and I still get excited about it.
What was your darkest moment today?
When you do this, there's a series of walls, and second, third, fourth, and fifth winds that you hit. Every year I've done it except this year, there's a fifth wall at 10 or 11 in the morning where I
decide feel like I've raised enough money and go home and go to bed.
What's the best song you've played?
I'm on song 372. I can tell you that the last two hours are going to be fantastic. There's stuff I'm not allowed to play—because i like them too much—until i get till to the end.