Opiuo on his recent ear surgery and why Burning Man is so crucial for American culture

Opiuo, New Zealand's liaison to funk, has built quite a following in this country with his Down Under sound. Residing primarily in Australia nowadays, the DJ-turned-producer is healing up from a recent surgery on his ear canal and turning his attention to hitting the road before returning to the studio to continue churning out remixes and original scores. In advance of his show next week at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom -- which is part of a run that includes six shows at this week's Burning Man festival -- we spoke with Opiuo about his recent ear surgery and why he thinks the desert rock gathering is so crucial to American Culture.

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