Prof: This show is the biggest bite we've ever took
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Twin Cities MC Prof has spent the last two years tearing the roof off of every stage he's graced coast to coast. Naturally, the sky's the limit this Saturday when he performs outside for his own Prof Outdoors Festival.
Gimme Noise spoke to Prof about how he spent his summer and what makes this event the biggest show of his career thus far.
What makes Prof Outdoors, as you've promoted it, "The Biggest Show in the History of Prof?"
Basically, just to sell tickets. It already is the biggest headlining show, even with the pre-sale tickets sold, I've ever done. It's the biggest space we've ever tried to fill, so it's the biggest show. It's the biggest bite we've ever took, so we're going to do a lot of chewing to sell the bug out.
Where did the idea to do an outdoor end-of-summer show come from?
It was just the next step, really. We sold out two back-to-back shows at First Avenue. We thought what could be next and different for people? I've never headlined an outdoor show. I've performed at a lot of festivals, but never put on my own. I wanted to do a show that was outdoors and turn it into a mini-festival with a lot of acts and have it go on most of the day. It's still at a time when school's in, so it's something to do for the people who are still here too.
How different is setting up a show like this compared to a more standard show?
It's a lot more complicated. It costs a lot more. I was blown back by the price to even just turn the lights on. Whereas, at a venue, that would cost a lot too, but the speakers, stage, and everything is there. With an outdoor show we have to pull permits, which are pretty pricey. We have to have police there. We have to set up a huge stage and move everything around; it's like setting up a small economy so you have to be confident you can sell a lot of tickets.
What appeals to you about the great outdoors?
I've always liked going outdoors. I was raised in Powderhorn, but my dad would always once a year take me out to the North Shore and we'd see the salmon run. We used to spend a weekend in the fall right around this time camping, kicking it and fishing. I've always loved getting away and going outdoors. I've never been hunting, but I like fishing and camping and stuff like that.