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Jan 25th, 2019
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  3. Okay. On you go.
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  7. All right, Jason's here on Fyre Cay,
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  11. showing him the newly purchased property.
  12.  
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  15. -I like it, man.
  16. -Getting set up for the Fyre festival.
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  20. I like your life, man,
  21. I like what's goin' on.
  22. -I'm ready, man.
  23.  
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  26. -You have.
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  30. All right, cool,
  31. that's all I need to know.
  32.  
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  35. -Biggest event in a decade, I promise you.
  36. -I'll be there.
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  40. <i>When did you first become</i>
  41. <i>aware of Fyre?</i>
  42.  
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  45. I started seeing people posting
  46. kind of the promo video.
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  50. It was this very slick production
  51. that promised
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  55. that it was Pablo Escobar's private island
  56.  
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  59. and that<i> </i>they were flying in
  60. thousands of people on private jets.
  61.  
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  64. It was just the coolest party
  65. that you'd ever seen advertised.
  66.  
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  69. My agency contacted me
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  73. and was like, "Hey, there's this
  74. new festival coming up.
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  78. It's really exclusive."
  79.  
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  82. The most insane festival
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  86. the world has ever seen.
  87.  
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  90. <i>All these models, like,</i>
  91.  
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  94. <i>in the Bahamas.</i>
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  98. Acts like Major Lazer, Disclosure, Tyga...
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  102. This is the first weekend
  103. this has ever happened,
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  107. so, literally, I was excited.
  108.  
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  111. But we didn't know anything.
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  115. <i> It's become one of the most</i>
  116. <i>talked-about dramas on social media.</i>
  117.  
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  120. <i>A glamorous,</i>
  121. <i>luxurious Caribbean <i>...island getaway</i>
  122. <i>turned disaster--</i></i>
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  126. <i>...quickly spiraling into chaos.</i>
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  130. <i>Now, the event's co-founder</i>
  131. <i>is facing up to 20 years in prison.</i>
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  135. <i>Are you sorry?</i>
  136. <i>Do you have anything to say for yourself?</i>
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  140. Thank you, guys,
  141. I'll arrange a comment later. Thank you.
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  145. <i>Hey, Billy?</i>
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  149. <i>There's a bunch of people</i>
  150. <i>who's filing lawsuits</i>
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  154. <i>against you today in federal court.</i>
  155. <i>Did you hear about that?</i>
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  159. <i>It just became much more</i>
  160. <i>than anybody ever dreamed it would be.</i>
  161.  
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  164. <i>I mean, you know the saying,</i>
  165. <i>"Desperate people do desperate things."</i>
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  169. And now I hope Billy doesn't go to prison
  170. for it, but I don't know.
  171.  
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  174. We are here at the Web Summit...
  175.  
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  178. I remember that
  179. it was a big deal that Ja and Billy
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  183. were going to the Web Summit
  184. to talk about Fyre.
  185.  
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  188. It was the first real piece of press.
  189.  
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  192. Well, I'm gonna let
  193. my partner in crime here, Billy McFarland,
  194.  
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  197. give you all the introduction
  198. of what Fyre is.
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  202. Billy and Ja met because
  203. Billy's previous company, Magnises,
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  207. he would have parties and special events
  208. and invite the members,
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  212. and one of the events,
  213. he tried to book Ja Rule,
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  217. and apparently,
  218. that was a very difficult task.
  219.  
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  222. I went to Instagram
  223. and found this guy named Reggie Muscles
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  227. and he says, "Give me 500 bucks
  228. and I'll get you Ja Rule."
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  232. I paid Reggie Muscles.
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  236. The next day, Reggie Muscles
  237. brings in a guy named Gunner.
  238.  
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  241. Gunner's a little smarter now,
  242. so Gunner asked for $1,000 and he said,
  243.  
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  246. "I'll get you Ja Rule."
  247. So, I gave Gunner $1,000.
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  251. And Gunner called me a week later saying,
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  255. "Ja Rule hates your offer."
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  259. So one of the problems
  260. that we're really tackling is...
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  264. the nasty business of booking.
  265.  
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  268. So, Billy actually pitched me
  269. the idea,let me know he was
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  273. working with Ja Rule
  274. and they were recruiting engineers
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  278. to build this marketplace.
  279.  
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  282. You go to the website, you can
  283. scroll through various types of talent.
  284.  
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  287. Somebody who wants to have Ja Rule
  288. at a birthday party
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  292. could, through the app,
  293. book Ja Rule for that event
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  297. and that's sort of the type of thing
  298. that you could never do before Fyre.
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  302. What these guys did was identify...
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  306. I think, a really beautiful "blindspot"
  307. in the industry that...
  308.  
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  311. The way the trifecta
  312. between the three of us worked
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  316. is that I oversaw product,
  317. ran the design development of the app,
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  321. Ja was the entertainment
  322. industry connection
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  326. and Billy had connections through
  327. what he told us was VC funding.
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  331. Every single thing
  332. that goes into the booking process
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  336. is right then and there...
  337.  
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  340. I thought that this was
  341. a functioning platform,
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  345. something that was really going--
  346. That had the opportunity
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  350. to revolutionize the way,
  351. you know, the industry worked.
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  355. The Fyre app had the potential
  356. to be a billion-dollar platform.
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  360. After working on the app
  361. for three to five months,
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  365. we were starting to figure out ways
  366. to promote it
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  370. and in a meeting,
  371. I had actually mentioned,
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  375. "Why don't we throw a festival,
  376. a concert for industry professionals?"
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  380. That idea, Billy kind of hooked onto
  381. and then it morphed
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  385. pretty dramatically
  386. outside of any input from me or Ja
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  390. into what became the Fyre Festival.
  391.  
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  394. <i>Let me fix you up, man.</i>
  395.  
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  398. Let me fix you up a little bit, a'ight?
  399.  
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  402. A little sandy. That's a'ight.
  403.  
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  406. We're sandy 'cause we're on
  407. our fuckin' island havin' a good time.
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  411. A'ight?
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  415. Originally, when Billy called me,
  416. he said,
  417.  
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  420. "I've bought an island in the Bahamas
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  424. and we're hosting a music festival
  425. down there."
  426.  
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  429. And I said, "What island?"
  430.  
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  433. And he said, "Pablo Escobar's island,"
  434.  
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  437. and I said, "Oh, my gosh!"
  438.  
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  441. -A year and a half ago...
  442. -Talk to them.
  443.  
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  446. ...Ja and I were flying over the Exumas
  447. and we saw this unmanned runway.
  448.  
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  451. We tried dialing it and no one responded,
  452. so we landed there.
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  456. Turns out it was Norman's Cay.
  457.  
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  460. When I met Billy, it was like,
  461.  
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  464. "Man, this guy is stinking rich.
  465. He's bringing all his friends down here
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  469. and he's paying for everything."
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  473. Four jet skis, four boats,
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  477. and, you know, all having a wild-out time.
  478. You know. I think the idea just popped up
  479. in his head like,
  480.  
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  483. "Ping! We're gonna throw a festival here."
  484.  
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  487. They were going to have
  488. celebrities there,
  489.  
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  492. it would be
  493. this big consumer-facing thing
  494.  
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  497. and that they were going
  498. to do buried treasure.
  499.  
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  502. A real-life treasure hunt.
  503.  
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  506. Win a piece of land on the island,
  507. your own private island,
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  511. right here, with the Fyre Cay team.
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  515. From a pure concept standpoint,
  516. it holds water.
  517.  
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  520. <i>An amazing experience</i>
  521. <i>in a beautiful location</i>
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  525. <i>with beautiful people and great music.</i>
  526. <i>You can't ask for more.</i>
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  530. <i>This is going to be</i>
  531. <i>the most incredible fuckin' shit.</i> -The Magic Bird.
  532. -The Magic Bird.
  533.  
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  536. "The Magic Bird" is a phrase
  537. that me and Billy coined.
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  541. The impact that Magic Johnson
  542. and Larry Bird had on the NBA.
  543.  
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  546. It changed the way people saw
  547. and thought about basketball.
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  551. And me and Billy are going to change
  552. the way people look at
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  556. a young tech entrepreneur
  557.  
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  560. and a hip-hop mogul come together
  561. and create something incredible.
  562.  
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  565. Billy was kind of nerdy,
  566. but clearly smart,
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  570. clearly an incredible entrepreneur.
  571.  
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  574. We interacted a lot.
  575.  
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  578. He seemed very charismatic,
  579. very trustworthy.
  580.  
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  583. I thought that he had a vision.
  584.  
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  587. <i>He was able to maneuver</i>
  588. <i>and conduct himself around investors</i>
  589.  
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  592. <i>and then build teams</i>
  593. <i>to build his products.</i>
  594.  
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  597. We were hired to do all the advertising
  598. and marketing for the festival.
  599.  
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  602. They were hiring the best of the best
  603. in each category.
  604.  
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  607. <i>Best talent, best distribution,</i>
  608.  
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  611. <i>best social media company.</i>
  612.  
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  615. Fuckjerry had just launched
  616. a new marketing agency
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  620. and<i> </i>we were hired by Fyre
  621. to basically run all the social media.
  622.  
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  625. We've got major news.
  626.  
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  629. Ja Rule just called us,
  630. basically said he wants us to pitch him
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  634. for his new app, Fyre.
  635.  
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  638. This is Fuckjerry?
  639. Yeah.
  640.  
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  643. That was an amazing meeting.
  644.  
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  647. They just bought an island
  648. and they're going to have a party in April
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  652. for 10,000 people.
  653.  
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  656. It felt like they were basically doing
  657. a music festival to draw attention to
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  661. this bigger brand that would end up being
  662. the Uber of booking talent.
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  666. Who was playing,
  667. what the food was gonna be,
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  671. all the things that typically sell
  672. a music festival wasn't the sales point.
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  676. This was like selling a dream,
  677. selling a vacation, selling a concept.
  678.  
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  681. We knew that there was a place
  682.  
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  685. and we knew that there was an idea
  686. of having a music festival
  687.  
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  690. and that was pretty much it.
  691.  
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  694. I directed the commercial.
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  698. When I saw the call sheet,
  699. I was like, "That's crazy!"
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  703. <i>Basically, like, ten of the top</i>
  704. <i>supermodels in the world.</i>
  705.  
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  708. <i>It was the titans</i>
  709. <i>of the modeling industry -</i>
  710.  
  711. 153
  712. 00:08:08,446 --> 00:08:11,866
  713. <i>Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski,</i>
  714. <i>Hailey Baldwin.</i>
  715.  
  716. 154
  717. 00:08:12,283 --> 00:08:14,952
  718. Supermodels,
  719. I'm talking about supermodels.
  720.  
  721. 155
  722. 00:08:15,328 --> 00:08:19,165
  723. I thought it was the best thing ever.
  724. "It can't get no  bigger than this."
  725.  
  726. 156
  727. 00:08:20,166 --> 00:08:21,834
  728. He's recording us!
  729.  
  730. 157
  731. 00:08:22,335 --> 00:08:24,545
  732. <i>One camera crew is shooting</i>
  733. <i>with the models,</i>
  734.  
  735. 158
  736. 00:08:25,046 --> 00:08:28,007
  737. <i>and they had a dedicated film crew, like,</i>
  738.  
  739. 159
  740. 00:08:28,090 --> 00:08:31,010
  741. <i>shooting the dialogue</i>
  742. <i>between Billy and his people.</i>
  743.  
  744. 160
  745. 00:08:31,219 --> 00:08:33,095
  746. So, we ran into a little issue today.
  747.  
  748. 161
  749. 00:08:33,554 --> 00:08:36,224
  750. -Sorry, cut. Talk to me.
  751. -Okay.
  752.  
  753. 162
  754. 00:08:36,307 --> 00:08:37,391
  755. Start, one more time.
  756.  
  757. 163
  758. 00:08:38,309 --> 00:08:40,561
  759. -We ran into an issue today.
  760. -No. Start again.
  761.  
  762. 164
  763. 00:08:40,937 --> 00:08:43,523
  764. [Brett There was no,
  765. "This is the story we want to tell."
  766.  
  767. 165
  768. 00:08:43,606 --> 00:08:45,316
  769. There was just, "Capture everything."
  770.  
  771. 166
  772. 00:08:45,399 --> 00:08:47,068
  773. We need genuine shots.
  774.  
  775. 167
  776. 00:08:47,151 --> 00:08:49,946
  777. We need genuine people interacting,
  778. having a good time.
  779.  
  780. 168
  781. 00:08:50,029 --> 00:08:51,864
  782. I need a wide yacht shot.
  783.  
  784. 169
  785. 00:08:51,948 --> 00:08:55,743
  786. We have to do the cave underwater,
  787. we need the boats in a flying-V formation.
  788.  
  789. 170
  790. 00:08:55,826 --> 00:09:01,374
  791. Could we tell Herbie to have
  792. a big, big, big bonfire tomorrow night?
  793.  
  794. 171
  795. 00:09:01,457 --> 00:09:03,167
  796. Like a huge bonfire?
  797.  
  798. 172
  799. 00:09:03,251 --> 00:09:06,128
  800. Grant was a neurotic person.
  801.  
  802. 173
  803. 00:09:06,212 --> 00:09:08,005
  804. He was a-- He's a smart dude.
  805.  
  806. 174
  807. 00:09:08,089 --> 00:09:09,715
  808. He was just overwhelmed.
  809.  
  810. 175
  811. 00:09:09,799 --> 00:09:13,261
  812. I'm our chief marketing officer.
  813.  
  814. 176
  815. 00:09:13,344 --> 00:09:16,514
  816. I wouldn't call myself a perfectionist,
  817. but everything must be perfect, you know?
  818.  
  819. 177
  820. 00:09:16,597 --> 00:09:18,307
  821. <i>I mean,</i>
  822. <i>it was like a job of five people.</i>
  823.  
  824. 178
  825. 00:09:18,391 --> 00:09:20,601
  826. <i>And he had no experience</i>
  827. <i>in doing music festivals</i>
  828.  
  829. 179
  830. 00:09:20,685 --> 00:09:23,854
  831. <i>no experience in doing events.</i>
  832. <i>But he did work hard.</i>
  833.  
  834. 180
  835. 00:09:24,564 --> 00:09:28,776
  836. So I know Billy wants to go see the pigs
  837. and this is the only way to make it work.
  838.  
  839. 181
  840. 00:09:28,859 --> 00:09:30,653
  841. <i></i>
  842. <i>But we can't shoot it, dude.</i>
  843.  
  844. 182
  845. 00:09:30,736 --> 00:09:32,154
  846. Fair-- So I--
  847.  
  848. 183
  849. 00:09:32,238 --> 00:09:34,031
  850. <i>...and you know we don't need to shoot it.</i>
  851.  
  852. 184
  853. 00:09:34,949 --> 00:09:37,702
  854. Real talk. Like,
  855. we're spending a lot of fucking money.
  856.  
  857. 185
  858. 00:09:38,327 --> 00:09:40,830
  859. If we want to go fucking see the pigs,
  860. we go see the pigs.
  861.  
  862. 186
  863. 00:09:40,913 --> 00:09:42,415
  864. 'll find a way to make it work.
  865.  
  866. 187
  867. 00:09:42,623 --> 00:09:43,583
  868. That's it.
  869.  
  870. 188
  871. 00:09:43,916 --> 00:09:46,627
  872. If we wanna fucking see the pigs.
  873. the girls wanna go see the pigs,
  874.  
  875. 189
  876. 00:09:46,711 --> 00:09:48,087
  877. we go fucking see the pigs.
  878.  
  879. 190
  880. 00:09:48,713 --> 00:09:51,132
  881. <i> It was like,</i>
  882. <i>"We're gonna scratch the pigs now</i>
  883.  
  884. 191
  885. 00:09:51,215 --> 00:09:52,592
  886. <i>and we're going to shoot it."</i>
  887.  
  888. 192
  889. 00:09:53,009 --> 00:09:55,011
  890. <i>We were the production company</i>
  891.  
  892. 193
  893. 00:09:55,094 --> 00:09:58,222
  894. but we didn't have the authority
  895. to organize it like we were supposed to.
  896.  
  897. 194
  898. 00:09:58,306 --> 00:09:59,974
  899. Here go the shots, come on.
  900.  
  901. 195
  902. 00:10:00,057 --> 00:10:01,601
  903. Hey, yo. Catch this, get this.
  904.  
  905. 196
  906. 00:10:06,689 --> 00:10:08,274
  907. Billy didn't have no rules.
  908.  
  909. 197
  910. 00:10:08,357 --> 00:10:11,319
  911. He had everyone drinking, open bar
  912.  
  913. 198
  914. 00:10:11,402 --> 00:10:15,156
  915. wilding out. It was more of a party
  916. than a promotional shoot.
  917.  
  918. 199
  919. 00:10:15,448 --> 00:10:16,866
  920. Yeah, let me fly the drone.
  921.  
  922. 200
  923. 00:10:17,908 --> 00:10:21,746
  924. <i>Our guys were partying non-stop.</i>
  925. <i>Sunup to sundown, gettin' loose.</i>
  926.  
  927. 201
  928. 00:10:22,580 --> 00:10:25,625
  929. Billy fell asleep on the beach,
  930. literally, just broad daylight.
  931.  
  932. 202
  933. 00:10:25,750 --> 00:10:26,876
  934. Out like a light.
  935.  
  936. 203
  937. 00:10:29,128 --> 00:10:32,340
  938. I flew here with Billy,
  939. just for a holiday
  940.  
  941. 204
  942. 00:10:32,423 --> 00:10:36,302
  943. and now this has ballooned
  944. into a full production team
  945.  
  946. 205
  947. 00:10:36,385 --> 00:10:37,803
  948. of girls and cameras.
  949.  
  950. 206
  951. 00:10:37,887 --> 00:10:41,515
  952. There was this crazy pilot, Keith.
  953. He made the plane go zero gravity.
  954.  
  955. 207
  956. 00:10:41,599 --> 00:10:42,642
  957. I don't know how he did it.
  958.  
  959. 208
  960. 00:10:43,184 --> 00:10:46,103
  961. Near take-off, he's like,
  962. "I bought this plane six months ago,
  963.  
  964. 209
  965. 00:10:46,187 --> 00:10:47,104
  966. I just got my license."
  967.  
  968. 210
  969. 00:10:47,188 --> 00:10:50,232
  970. I ended up teaching myself and you can use
  971. Microsoft Flight Simulator.
  972.  
  973. 211
  974. 00:10:50,316 --> 00:10:53,903
  975. Microsoft Flight Simulator
  976. has lessons and it's excellent.
  977.  
  978. 212
  979. 00:10:53,986 --> 00:10:56,155
  980. Once in the air, I was like,
  981. "What are we gonna do?"
  982.  
  983. 213
  984. 00:10:56,238 --> 00:10:59,241
  985. <i>He was pulling off the end of the runway</i>
  986. <i>and going straight up into the thing</i>
  987.  
  988. 214
  989. 00:10:59,325 --> 00:11:00,618
  990. <i>and killing the engine.</i>
  991.  
  992. 215
  993. 00:11:00,701 --> 00:11:02,703
  994. You know, whenever I'm with Billy,
  995. I have to...
  996.  
  997. 216
  998. 00:11:02,953 --> 00:11:04,413
  999. do at least three zero Gs.
  1000.  
  1001. 217
  1002. 00:11:07,541 --> 00:11:09,919
  1003. Billy and Ja made their famous toast.
  1004.  
  1005. 218
  1006. 00:11:10,294 --> 00:11:12,421
  1007. That's when I was introduced to the toast.
  1008.  
  1009. 219
  1010. 00:11:12,505 --> 00:11:15,508
  1011. Here's to living like movie stars,
  1012.  
  1013. 220
  1014. 00:11:16,175 --> 00:11:18,260
  1015. partying like rock stars...
  1016.  
  1017. 221
  1018. 00:11:19,053 --> 00:11:19,929
  1019. Billy?
  1020.  
  1021. 222
  1022. 00:11:20,012 --> 00:11:21,722
  1023. And fucking like porn stars.
  1024.  
  1025. 223
  1026. 00:11:24,433 --> 00:11:26,936
  1027. <i> It was definitely, like,</i>
  1028. <i>a trying work environment.</i>
  1029.  
  1030. 224
  1031. 00:11:28,521 --> 00:11:31,482
  1032. <i>One night, they wanted to turn the bonfire</i>
  1033.  
  1034. 225
  1035. 00:11:31,565 --> 00:11:34,110
  1036. <i>into, like, the Billy and Ja party</i>
  1037. <i>on the beach,</i>
  1038.  
  1039. 226
  1040. 00:11:34,402 --> 00:11:35,653
  1041. and that's all on camera.
  1042.  
  1043. 227
  1044. 00:11:36,112 --> 00:11:36,987
  1045. Come on, baby.
  1046.  
  1047. 228
  1048. 00:11:37,071 --> 00:11:38,656
  1049. We about to create art.
  1050. Get over here.
  1051.  
  1052. 229
  1053. 00:11:38,739 --> 00:11:39,865
  1054. Just get in the water.
  1055.  
  1056. 230
  1057. 00:11:39,949 --> 00:11:43,160
  1058. If y'all don't want to put on a bikini,
  1059. it don't matter. Let's get in the water.
  1060.  
  1061. 231
  1062. 00:11:43,244 --> 00:11:44,912
  1063. Hell, no, I'm not getting in no water.
  1064.  
  1065. 232
  1066. 00:11:44,995 --> 00:11:47,289
  1067. Yeah,
  1068. get in the fucking water, Chanel.
  1069.  
  1070. 233
  1071. 00:11:48,374 --> 00:11:50,126
  1072. They wanted to get everyone in the water,
  1073.  
  1074. 234
  1075. 00:11:50,209 --> 00:11:51,919
  1076. <i>So they made it sound</i>
  1077. <i>as if it was a scene,</i>
  1078.  
  1079. 235
  1080. 00:11:52,002 --> 00:11:54,004
  1081. <i>but nobody was there directing that scene.</i>
  1082.  
  1083. 236
  1084. 00:11:54,088 --> 00:11:56,424
  1085. Guys, what's the purpose
  1086. of what you're trying to do We're gonna jump in,
  1087. then the girls will follow us in.
  1088.  
  1089. 237
  1090. 00:11:58,926 --> 00:12:00,344
  1091. This is the money shot!
  1092.  
  1093. 238
  1094. 00:12:00,428 --> 00:12:02,471
  1095. Us jumping after you?
  1096.  
  1097. 239
  1098. 00:12:02,847 --> 00:12:05,349
  1099. <i> It was them partying with talent</i>
  1100.  
  1101. 240
  1102. 00:12:05,433 --> 00:12:08,060
  1103. <i>that didn't really know</i>
  1104. <i>what they were there to do.</i>
  1105.  
  1106. 241
  1107. 00:12:08,561 --> 00:12:10,438
  1108. <i>But in the end, it didn't matter.</i>
  1109.  
  1110. 242
  1111. 00:12:10,521 --> 00:12:13,149
  1112. We're selling a pipe dream
  1113. to your average loser.
  1114.  
  1115. 243
  1116. 00:12:13,232 --> 00:12:17,069
  1117. -Selling a pipe dream to fucking buyers.
  1118. -Your average guy in middle America.
  1119.  
  1120. 244
  1121. 00:12:17,153 --> 00:12:20,406
  1122. <i>They were selling a vision</i>
  1123. <i>of what people want.</i>
  1124.  
  1125. 245
  1126. 00:12:22,199 --> 00:12:25,286
  1127. We should tell all the girls to post
  1128. one picture of them on the beach today,
  1129.  
  1130. 246
  1131. 00:12:25,369 --> 00:12:27,997
  1132. or on jet skis,
  1133. #fyrefestival before five o'clock.
  1134.  
  1135. 247
  1136. 00:12:28,080 --> 00:12:30,791
  1137. Could y'all, like,
  1138. hashtag some Fyre Festival shit?
  1139.  
  1140. 248
  1141. 00:12:32,126 --> 00:12:36,005
  1142. <i>The models posted a lot</i>
  1143. <i>of their own pictures from the weekend</i>
  1144.  
  1145. 249
  1146. 00:12:36,088 --> 00:12:37,673
  1147. <i>that they spent shooting there.</i>
  1148.  
  1149. 250
  1150. 00:12:37,840 --> 00:12:39,675
  1151. They need to be fucking tagging us.
  1152.  
  1153. 251
  1154. 00:12:40,760 --> 00:12:43,387
  1155. Why aren't these people tagging us?
  1156. This is bullshit.
  1157.  
  1158. 252
  1159. 00:12:43,596 --> 00:12:45,765
  1160. One of the women had posted...
  1161.  
  1162. 253
  1163. 00:12:46,348 --> 00:12:48,017
  1164. the Mannequin Challenge that they did.
  1165.  
  1166. 254
  1167. 00:12:49,143 --> 00:12:51,437
  1168. <i>And so Ja Rule is there</i>
  1169. <i>and Billy was there</i>
  1170.  
  1171. 255
  1172. 00:12:51,520 --> 00:12:53,856
  1173. <i>and then ten of the top models...</i>
  1174.  
  1175. 256
  1176. 00:12:54,565 --> 00:12:58,652
  1177. The power of celebrity really there was,
  1178. like, "Whoa!"
  1179.  
  1180. 257
  1181. 00:12:59,195 --> 00:13:01,822
  1182. The press of the trip
  1183.  
  1184. 258
  1185. 00:13:02,072 --> 00:13:06,035
  1186. got picked up just by those girls
  1187. being there all together as a group.
  1188.  
  1189. 259
  1190. 00:13:06,285 --> 00:13:09,830
  1191. So, <i>The Daily Mail</i> talks about
  1192. how they're hashtagging "Fyre Festival"
  1193.  
  1194. 260
  1195. 00:13:09,914 --> 00:13:12,666
  1196. and that Shanina Shaik says, "It's lit."
  1197.  
  1198. 261
  1199. 00:13:12,750 --> 00:13:15,044
  1200. I knew it would do that,
  1201. I knew with the buzz...
  1202.  
  1203. 262
  1204. 00:13:15,127 --> 00:13:17,963
  1205. If you're constantly going to be
  1206. taking pictures here,
  1207.  
  1208. 263
  1209. 00:13:18,047 --> 00:13:20,925
  1210. make sure you fucking, "Fyre Festival,"
  1211.  
  1212. 264
  1213. 00:13:21,008 --> 00:13:26,096
  1214. because it's gonna create a small buzz
  1215. that can be a big buzz. It's free press.
  1216.  
  1217. 265
  1218. 00:13:26,180 --> 00:13:27,723
  1219. You can't pay for that kind of press.
  1220.  
  1221. 266
  1222. 00:13:31,769 --> 00:13:33,896
  1223. They captured a ton of footage
  1224. that was just,
  1225.  
  1226. 267
  1227. 00:13:33,979 --> 00:13:36,190
  1228. really, from a marketing perspective,
  1229. second to none.
  1230.  
  1231. 268
  1232. 00:13:36,857 --> 00:13:40,528
  1233. <i>And it was the thing that gave</i>
  1234. <i>all of the New York agencies</i>
  1235.  
  1236. 269
  1237. 00:13:40,611 --> 00:13:42,530
  1238. <i>some insight</i>
  1239. <i>into what was happening down there.</i>
  1240.  
  1241. 270
  1242. 00:13:43,739 --> 00:13:46,408
  1243. <i>They would all have a tan and be smiling</i>
  1244.  
  1245. 271
  1246. 00:13:46,492 --> 00:13:48,285
  1247. <i>and talk about these experiences</i>
  1248. <i>that they had,</i> <i>which almost gave us a little bit of like,</i>
  1249.  
  1250. 272
  1251. 00:13:50,246 --> 00:13:53,123
  1252. FOMO: we're wondering what we hadn't seen
  1253. or what we're missing out on
  1254.  
  1255. 273
  1256. 00:13:53,916 --> 00:13:59,004
  1257. <i>and Fyre very quickly</i>
  1258. <i>became one of our most important clients.</i>
  1259.  
  1260. 274
  1261. 00:13:59,380 --> 00:14:03,050
  1262. <i>They were trying to tap into a culture</i>
  1263. <i>and a zeitgeist that they believed in,</i>
  1264.  
  1265. 275
  1266. 00:14:03,425 --> 00:14:06,595
  1267. <i>and they were uncompromising</i>
  1268. <i>when it came to marketing.</i>
  1269.  
  1270. 276
  1271. 00:14:09,181 --> 00:14:11,350
  1272. Today's the big day. Five o'clock.
  1273.  
  1274. 277
  1275. 00:14:11,433 --> 00:14:12,935
  1276. We have what will be known
  1277.  
  1278. 278
  1279. 00:14:13,018 --> 00:14:16,063
  1280. as the best coordinated
  1281. social influencer campaign ever.
  1282.  
  1283. 279
  1284. 00:14:16,146 --> 00:14:18,107
  1285. We have 400 of the biggest people
  1286. around the world,
  1287.  
  1288. 280
  1289. 00:14:18,190 --> 00:14:22,069
  1290. influencers, models, comedians,
  1291. artists, actors, actresses,
  1292.  
  1293. 281
  1294. 00:14:22,152 --> 00:14:26,574
  1295. all at the same time posting
  1296. the ambiguous burnt orange Fyre tile.
  1297.  
  1298. 282
  1299. 00:14:26,866 --> 00:14:29,577
  1300. They came up with
  1301. the idea of the orange tile.
  1302.  
  1303. 283
  1304. 00:14:29,660 --> 00:14:31,704
  1305. Fyre handled
  1306. all of the major models
  1307.  
  1308. 284
  1309. 00:14:31,912 --> 00:14:34,498
  1310. and then we and a number of other agencies
  1311.  
  1312. 285
  1313. 00:14:34,582 --> 00:14:36,876
  1314. were reaching out to any influencer
  1315. we knew in our network.
  1316.  
  1317. 286
  1318. 00:14:37,167 --> 00:14:40,170
  1319. And there's the caption saying,
  1320. "Join me @fyrefestival.com,"
  1321.  
  1322. 287
  1323. 00:14:40,254 --> 00:14:42,506
  1324. so we're expecting millions
  1325. to come and visit our site,
  1326.  
  1327. 288
  1328. 00:14:42,590 --> 00:14:44,049
  1329. see the video, showing people that
  1330.  
  1331. 289
  1332. 00:14:44,133 --> 00:14:46,385
  1333. for three or four days,
  1334. you can escape reality
  1335.  
  1336. 290
  1337. 00:14:46,468 --> 00:14:48,846
  1338. and come experience
  1339. Pablo Escobar's old island.
  1340.  
  1341. 291
  1342. 00:14:49,388 --> 00:14:51,932
  1343. The commercial globally got launched
  1344. while there.
  1345.  
  1346. 292
  1347. 00:14:52,224 --> 00:14:53,684
  1348. We had a whole edit team there.
  1349.  
  1350. 293
  1351. 00:14:53,767 --> 00:14:57,313
  1352. We were editing the commercial
  1353. and had a launch strategy in the Bahamas,
  1354.  
  1355. 294
  1356. 00:14:57,396 --> 00:15:00,441
  1357. which is crazy, 'cause there's no internet
  1358. and no infrastructure, nothing there.
  1359.  
  1360. 295
  1361. 00:15:01,066 --> 00:15:04,069
  1362. Billy was like, "Man,
  1363. let's catch a plane to Nassau
  1364.  
  1365. 296
  1366. 00:15:04,153 --> 00:15:06,030
  1367. and go on the phone and internet there,
  1368.  
  1369. 297
  1370. 00:15:06,113 --> 00:15:08,824
  1371. because Kendall Jenner is
  1372. about to announce this live thing
  1373.  
  1374. 298
  1375. 00:15:08,908 --> 00:15:10,242
  1376. on Instagram.
  1377.  
  1378. 299
  1379. 00:15:10,743 --> 00:15:13,621
  1380. Kendall Jenner was paid,
  1381. I think, $250,000
  1382.  
  1383. 300
  1384. 00:15:13,704 --> 00:15:17,124
  1385. by wire transfer
  1386. just to post that one post.
  1387.  
  1388. 301
  1389. 00:15:18,667 --> 00:15:21,503
  1390. When I saw the video,
  1391. my first reaction was confusion.
  1392.  
  1393. 302
  1394. 00:15:21,837 --> 00:15:24,131
  1395. I wasn't sure who was the target market
  1396. of the festival.
  1397.  
  1398. 303
  1399. 00:15:24,214 --> 00:15:26,800
  1400. If you go, will there be Instagram models
  1401. lounging around
  1402.  
  1403. 304
  1404. 00:15:26,884 --> 00:15:28,302
  1405. to feed you grapes?
  1406.  
  1407. 305
  1408. 00:15:28,385 --> 00:15:31,722
  1409. So, it was a combination of confusion
  1410. and excitement.
  1411.  
  1412. 306
  1413. 00:15:32,556 --> 00:15:34,683
  1414. As soon as the models
  1415. started posting,
  1416.  
  1417. 307
  1418. 00:15:34,767 --> 00:15:37,269
  1419. the Fyre Instagram account
  1420. just started to blow up.
  1421.  
  1422. 308
  1423. 00:15:37,561 --> 00:15:39,605
  1424. Overnight, basically,
  1425.  
  1426. 309
  1427. 00:15:39,688 --> 00:15:43,567
  1428. this massive influx of enthusiasm
  1429. and awareness,
  1430.  
  1431. 310
  1432. 00:15:43,651 --> 00:15:45,861
  1433. a PR storm like you've never seen.
  1434.  
  1435. 311
  1436. 00:15:45,945 --> 00:15:49,782
  1437. I had brand sponsors who had invested
  1438. millions of dollars into Coachella
  1439.  
  1440. 312
  1441. 00:15:50,282 --> 00:15:53,786
  1442. asking if they could figure out a way
  1443. to get their investment out of Coachella
  1444.  
  1445. 313
  1446. 00:15:53,869 --> 00:15:55,329
  1447. and put it over towards Fyre.
  1448.  
  1449. 314
  1450. 00:15:55,955 --> 00:15:59,249
  1451. They advertised these incredible
  1452. ticket packages.
  1453.  
  1454. 315
  1455. 00:15:59,959 --> 00:16:04,672
  1456. They had the "rustic tent," that was
  1457. supposed to be kind of like a Coachella,
  1458.  
  1459. 316
  1460. 00:16:04,755 --> 00:16:06,423
  1461. glamorous scenario.
  1462.  
  1463. 317
  1464. 00:16:06,840 --> 00:16:09,009
  1465. And then they had private homes
  1466.  
  1467. 318
  1468. 00:16:09,343 --> 00:16:12,429
  1469. and then it went up to like 250 grand for,
  1470.  
  1471. 319
  1472. 00:16:12,680 --> 00:16:16,517
  1473. you know, a private yacht
  1474. with a private chef on board.
  1475.  
  1476. 320
  1477. 00:16:17,142 --> 00:16:18,602
  1478. Within 48 hours,
  1479.  
  1480. 321
  1481. 00:16:18,686 --> 00:16:20,771
  1482. they sold 95% of their tickets.
  1483.  
  1484. 322
  1485. 00:16:21,271 --> 00:16:25,693
  1486. I think people thought
  1487. that this was one of the new hot things
  1488.  
  1489. 323
  1490. 00:16:25,776 --> 00:16:29,697
  1491. that was starting to take over
  1492. the American and global market.
  1493.  
  1494. 324
  1495. 00:16:29,863 --> 00:16:31,281
  1496. So now, you know,
  1497.  
  1498. 325
  1499. 00:16:31,699 --> 00:16:34,034
  1500. we hope everybody comes and enjoys...
  1501.  
  1502. 326
  1503. 00:16:34,118 --> 00:16:37,121
  1504. the cultural experience of the decade,
  1505. Fyre Festival.
  1506.  
  1507. 327
  1508. 00:16:41,583 --> 00:16:44,003
  1509. I remember I first heard
  1510. about Fyre Festival
  1511.  
  1512. 328
  1513. 00:16:44,086 --> 00:16:47,006
  1514. at a music festival conference
  1515. in Las Vegas.
  1516.  
  1517. 329
  1518. 00:16:47,089 --> 00:16:49,091
  1519. Ja Rule was a keynote speaker
  1520.  
  1521. 330
  1522. 00:16:49,341 --> 00:16:52,594
  1523. and he unveiled this festival
  1524. that they were doing in the Bahamas
  1525.  
  1526. 331
  1527. 00:16:52,678 --> 00:16:55,597
  1528. and everyone at the table
  1529. I was sitting with just started laughing.
  1530.  
  1531. 332
  1532. 00:16:55,973 --> 00:16:57,891
  1533. They were like, "Yeah, good luck, Ja Rule,
  1534.  
  1535. 333
  1536. 00:16:57,975 --> 00:17:00,394
  1537. build a music festival
  1538. 'cause it's so easy."
  1539.  
  1540. 334
  1541. 00:17:00,477 --> 00:17:04,064
  1542. And there was this tinge of resentment,
  1543. kind of humoring it and all that.
  1544.  
  1545. 335
  1546. 00:17:04,148 --> 00:17:06,191
  1547. The industry insiders were laughing.
  1548.  
  1549. 336
  1550. 00:17:06,275 --> 00:17:09,194
  1551. Fast forward two months later,
  1552. before I was introduced to Billy,
  1553.  
  1554. 337
  1555. 00:17:09,319 --> 00:17:11,739
  1556. and I'm meeting with my friend Max
  1557. at Matte Productions,
  1558.  
  1559. 338
  1560. 00:17:11,822 --> 00:17:14,116
  1561. who produced the influencer video.
  1562.  
  1563. 339
  1564. 00:17:14,324 --> 00:17:15,951
  1565. And when I when I saw that video,
  1566.  
  1567. 340
  1568. 00:17:16,035 --> 00:17:19,496
  1569. I was like, "These guys are
  1570. either completely full of shit
  1571.  
  1572. 341
  1573. 00:17:19,580 --> 00:17:21,373
  1574. or they're the smartest guys in the room."
  1575.  
  1576. 342
  1577. 00:17:21,915 --> 00:17:23,125
  1578. So, I spoke to Max...
  1579.  
  1580. 343
  1581. 00:17:23,625 --> 00:17:25,085
  1582. and I asked him what the deal was
  1583.  
  1584. 344
  1585. 00:17:25,169 --> 00:17:27,337
  1586. and he's like, "No, they're legit
  1587.  
  1588. 345
  1589. 00:17:27,421 --> 00:17:29,548
  1590. and they sold out the festival."
  1591.  
  1592. 346
  1593. 00:17:29,840 --> 00:17:33,260
  1594. So, as a first-time festival producer
  1595. to sell out your music festival,
  1596.  
  1597. 347
  1598. 00:17:33,844 --> 00:17:35,304
  1599. it's a huge accomplishment.
  1600.  
  1601. 348
  1602. 00:17:37,431 --> 00:17:41,977
  1603. So we tried to fit 800 people here
  1604. and a concert for about 5,000 people.
  1605.  
  1606. 349
  1607. 00:17:42,061 --> 00:17:43,687
  1608. So, Norman's Cay is on this end.
  1609.  
  1610. 350
  1611. 00:17:44,021 --> 00:17:47,900
  1612. I knew the island. I've been going
  1613. to Bahamas for the past ten years,
  1614.  
  1615. 351
  1616. 00:17:47,983 --> 00:17:51,945
  1617. so my role in the beginning was just to
  1618. try to map it out and do the logistics.
  1619.  
  1620. 352
  1621. 00:17:52,029 --> 00:17:54,531
  1622. It's forty acres, right?
  1623. So one inch is a hundred feet.
  1624.  
  1625. 353
  1626. 00:17:54,615 --> 00:17:56,492
  1627. So, this is about 200 feet.
  1628.  
  1629. 354
  1630. 00:17:56,617 --> 00:17:59,161
  1631. You're going to write off--
  1632. -Shit. My bad.
  1633.  
  1634. 355
  1635. 00:17:59,828 --> 00:18:02,289
  1636. On the floor plans.
  1637.  
  1638. 356
  1639. 00:18:02,372 --> 00:18:04,124
  1640. You ruined my sewage calculations.
  1641.  
  1642. 357
  1643. 00:18:05,709 --> 00:18:09,421
  1644. Instead of thinking about models,
  1645. you have to think about toilets.
  1646.  
  1647. 358
  1648. 00:18:09,505 --> 00:18:10,714
  1649. We must buy lots of toilets.
  1650.  
  1651. 359
  1652. 00:18:10,798 --> 00:18:14,093
  1653. We gotta go to Home Depot
  1654. and buy a thousand toilets. I mean...
  1655.  
  1656. 360
  1657. 00:18:14,551 --> 00:18:15,969
  1658. The number of tickets they'd sold,
  1659.  
  1660. 361
  1661. 00:18:16,053 --> 00:18:18,972
  1662. they couldn't physically fit
  1663. that many people on the island,
  1664.  
  1665. 362
  1666. 00:18:19,056 --> 00:18:21,308
  1667. let alone build
  1668. some sort of insane infrastructure
  1669.  
  1670. 363
  1671. 00:18:21,391 --> 00:18:24,937
  1672. that could support them
  1673. from a bio-waste standpoint.
  1674.  
  1675. 364
  1676. 00:18:25,104 --> 00:18:28,273
  1677. I didn't think it was possible to fit
  1678. over 1,000 people on that island
  1679.  
  1680. 365
  1681. 00:18:28,357 --> 00:18:30,692
  1682. so I had made a plan to get a cruise ship.
  1683.  
  1684. 366
  1685. 00:18:30,984 --> 00:18:34,655
  1686. The tricky part is getting drunk people
  1687. off the island at night.
  1688.  
  1689. 367
  1690. 00:18:34,780 --> 00:18:37,491
  1691. to go to sleep on a cruise ship
  1692. on a little dinghy.
  1693.  
  1694. 368
  1695. 00:18:37,991 --> 00:18:39,952
  1696. We're not doing
  1697. a cruise ship anymore.
  1698.  
  1699. 369
  1700. 00:18:40,160 --> 00:18:41,703
  1701. You're not doing the cruise ship?
  1702.  
  1703. 370
  1704. 00:18:41,787 --> 00:18:43,789
  1705. Everybody is gonna be on the islands.
  1706.  
  1707. 371
  1708. 00:18:48,335 --> 00:18:49,920
  1709. I'm not kidding.
  1710.  
  1711. 372
  1712. 00:18:50,003 --> 00:18:52,422
  1713. -Okay.
  1714. -They said it's possible.
  1715.  
  1716. 373
  1717. 00:18:53,590 --> 00:18:57,928
  1718. They really wanted to do tents,
  1719. so what I did is I took my wife
  1720.  
  1721. 374
  1722. 00:18:58,011 --> 00:19:00,514
  1723. and we tried to sleep in a tent
  1724. for one night
  1725.  
  1726. 375
  1727. 00:19:00,597 --> 00:19:03,308
  1728. and... it was so terrible,
  1729.  
  1730. 376
  1731. 00:19:03,392 --> 00:19:07,146
  1732. that, you know, this tent is just not
  1733. going to be safe and it's so loud,
  1734.  
  1735. 377
  1736. 00:19:07,437 --> 00:19:08,730
  1737. so many mosquitoes,
  1738.  
  1739. 378
  1740. 00:19:09,106 --> 00:19:12,109
  1741. To do these tents without air conditioning
  1742. is pretty brutal.
  1743.  
  1744. 379
  1745. 00:19:12,442 --> 00:19:14,862
  1746. It's just not possible, so I...
  1747.  
  1748. 380
  1749. 00:19:16,363 --> 00:19:18,991
  1750. I strongly recommended against the tents. Keith raised a lot of concerns
  1751. about these things
  1752.  
  1753. 381
  1754. 00:19:23,078 --> 00:19:26,832
  1755. and then I think he was asked
  1756. to no longer be part of it.
  1757.  
  1758. 382
  1759. 00:19:28,667 --> 00:19:32,880
  1760. It's just Billy at some point
  1761. told me, "Listen, you need to step back.
  1762.  
  1763. 383
  1764. 00:19:32,963 --> 00:19:36,967
  1765. You know, we're going to go
  1766. with different people and...
  1767.  
  1768. 384
  1769. 00:19:38,760 --> 00:19:41,471
  1770. Yeah, thanks for your help so far
  1771. and, you know..."
  1772.  
  1773. 385
  1774. 00:19:41,972 --> 00:19:46,185
  1775. I wasn't the only one
  1776. that was changed out in February, March.
  1777.  
  1778. 386
  1779. 00:19:51,064 --> 00:19:53,192
  1780. They asked me to fly down
  1781. to the Bahamas to meet them.
  1782.  
  1783. 387
  1784. 00:19:54,067 --> 00:19:55,652
  1785. And I flew down there.
  1786.  
  1787. 388
  1788. 00:19:55,736 --> 00:19:58,030
  1789. When I was introduced to them
  1790. I was super excited
  1791.  
  1792. 389
  1793. 00:19:58,113 --> 00:20:02,326
  1794. to, you know, to participate in what
  1795. could be a really special event,
  1796.  
  1797. 390
  1798. 00:20:02,409 --> 00:20:05,454
  1799. if it was even half of what
  1800. they had promised their guests.
  1801.  
  1802. 391
  1803. 00:20:06,788 --> 00:20:08,665
  1804. Flying over the islands from Miami
  1805.  
  1806. 392
  1807. 00:20:08,749 --> 00:20:11,752
  1808. and you see this water and it was magic.
  1809.  
  1810. 393
  1811. 00:20:11,835 --> 00:20:13,837
  1812. I mean, I can't even describe it to you.
  1813.  
  1814. 394
  1815. 00:20:14,129 --> 00:20:16,256
  1816. We were contacted perhaps...
  1817.  
  1818. 395
  1819. 00:20:17,049 --> 00:20:19,676
  1820. forty-five days out.
  1821.  
  1822. 396
  1823. 00:20:20,385 --> 00:20:23,597
  1824. We were asked to take a shot
  1825. at putting together a production for them.
  1826.  
  1827. 397
  1828. 00:20:24,097 --> 00:20:25,641
  1829. The timeframe was very short,
  1830.  
  1831. 398
  1832. 00:20:25,724 --> 00:20:29,019
  1833. but there was definitely a chance
  1834. of putting it all together.
  1835.  
  1836. 399
  1837. 00:20:31,146 --> 00:20:34,107
  1838. Billy talked to us, talked to me
  1839. and I loved his vision.
  1840.  
  1841. 400
  1842. 00:20:34,191 --> 00:20:36,902
  1843. I loved his ideas, his energy.
  1844.  
  1845. 401
  1846. 00:20:38,070 --> 00:20:42,282
  1847. We sat down and basically put together
  1848. a budget for him in a day,
  1849.  
  1850. 402
  1851. 00:20:42,366 --> 00:20:43,700
  1852. presented to him the next day.
  1853.  
  1854. 403
  1855. 00:20:43,784 --> 00:20:46,745
  1856. "Here are your hard facts,
  1857. here are your costs associated do this.
  1858.  
  1859. 404
  1860. 00:20:46,828 --> 00:20:48,580
  1861. And they said,
  1862. "This is fine. We can do this."
  1863.  
  1864. 405
  1865. 00:20:49,122 --> 00:20:51,458
  1866. <i>And so roughly,</i>
  1867. <i>what was that number?</i>
  1868.  
  1869. 406
  1870. 00:20:51,541 --> 00:20:53,669
  1871. I think it was maybe 38?
  1872.  
  1873. 407
  1874. 00:20:54,086 --> 00:20:55,629
  1875. <i>Thirty</i>
  1876. -Yeah.
  1877.  
  1878. 408
  1879. 00:20:55,879 --> 00:20:59,049
  1880. Billy came and said, "Can you book
  1881. the lineup for the festival?"
  1882.  
  1883. 409
  1884. 00:20:59,132 --> 00:21:04,471
  1885. I'm a 22, 23-year-old kid,
  1886. I've never booked talent for...
  1887.  
  1888. 410
  1889. 00:21:04,554 --> 00:21:06,056
  1890. Forget about for a festival.
  1891.  
  1892. 411
  1893. 00:21:06,765 --> 00:21:10,060
  1894. I remember the first artist I got
  1895. was Major Lazer.
  1896.  
  1897. 412
  1898. 00:21:10,560 --> 00:21:12,938
  1899. I mean, grossly overpaid.
  1900.  
  1901. 413
  1902. 00:21:13,522 --> 00:21:16,233
  1903. And then Disclosure, Blink-182.
  1904.  
  1905. 414
  1906. 00:21:16,817 --> 00:21:20,821
  1907. The talent alone was three and a half,
  1908. four million dollars was spent.
  1909.  
  1910. 415
  1911. 00:21:21,238 --> 00:21:23,073
  1912. Most of the artists they were working with
  1913.  
  1914. 416
  1915. 00:21:23,156 --> 00:21:26,159
  1916. were expecting
  1917. a certain level of production,
  1918.  
  1919. 417
  1920. 00:21:26,618 --> 00:21:28,120
  1921. a sufficient lighting package...
  1922.  
  1923. 418
  1924. 00:21:28,954 --> 00:21:30,622
  1925. a good enough sound system
  1926.  
  1927. 419
  1928. 00:21:30,706 --> 00:21:32,958
  1929. and, you know, we realized that
  1930.  
  1931. 420
  1932. 00:21:33,166 --> 00:21:37,713
  1933. they didn't really have any idea
  1934. of what it meant to book the artists
  1935.  
  1936. 421
  1937. 00:21:37,796 --> 00:21:38,839
  1938. that they were booking...
  1939.  
  1940. 422
  1941. 00:21:39,298 --> 00:21:41,550
  1942. what it meant to put up a show like that. You know"
  1943.  
  1944. 423
  1945. 00:21:44,845 --> 00:21:47,306
  1946. "He's the visionary behind Magnises."
  1947.  
  1948. 424
  1949. 00:21:47,472 --> 00:21:49,474
  1950. That's what they told me.
  1951.  
  1952. 425
  1953. 00:21:49,725 --> 00:21:52,060
  1954. "The visionary behind Magnises."
  1955.  
  1956. 426
  1957. 00:21:52,144 --> 00:21:53,562
  1958. What the hell is Magnises?
  1959.  
  1960. 427
  1961. 00:21:53,645 --> 00:21:56,315
  1962. Jessica,
  1963. you're chasing the story about
  1964.  
  1965. 428
  1966. 00:21:56,398 --> 00:21:59,735
  1967. the millennials' version
  1968. of the black card. What have you got?
  1969.  
  1970. 429
  1971. 00:21:59,818 --> 00:22:01,737
  1972. This is Magnises.
  1973.  
  1974. 430
  1975. 00:22:01,820 --> 00:22:04,156
  1976. It's the newest, coolest credit card.
  1977.  
  1978. 431
  1979. 00:22:04,239 --> 00:22:05,407
  1980. The original vision was simple.
  1981.  
  1982. 432
  1983. 00:22:05,490 --> 00:22:08,285
  1984. We were just kids,
  1985. we'd figured out a way to turn
  1986.  
  1987. 433
  1988. 00:22:08,368 --> 00:22:10,454
  1989. boring, plastic cards into
  1990.  
  1991. 434
  1992. 00:22:10,537 --> 00:22:13,707
  1993. nice-looking, sleek,
  1994. stainless steel credit cards.
  1995.  
  1996. 435
  1997. 00:22:13,915 --> 00:22:15,500
  1998. It was black, the thing was metal.
  1999.  
  2000. 436
  2001. 00:22:15,584 --> 00:22:17,836
  2002. It would make a big clank
  2003. when you put it down.
  2004.  
  2005. 437
  2006. 00:22:17,919 --> 00:22:20,881
  2007. The girls were like, "Holy hell,
  2008. what is that"
  2009.  
  2010. 438
  2011. 00:22:20,964 --> 00:22:22,299
  2012. We gained traction.
  2013.  
  2014. 439
  2015. 00:22:22,382 --> 00:22:25,135
  2016. We start growing across
  2017. the 1,500-member mark.
  2018.  
  2019. 440
  2020. 00:22:25,260 --> 00:22:27,554
  2021. We then decided to turn it
  2022. into a real membership club.
  2023.  
  2024. 441
  2025. 00:22:27,929 --> 00:22:31,058
  2026. Looking back to when I moved to
  2027. New York, I was looking for a community.
  2028.  
  2029. 442
  2030. 00:22:31,141 --> 00:22:33,143
  2031. I wanted perks and guidance and, really,
  2032.  
  2033. 443
  2034. 00:22:33,226 --> 00:22:35,145
  2035. I wanted to be told what to do,
  2036. where to go
  2037.  
  2038. 444
  2039. 00:22:35,228 --> 00:22:36,605
  2040. where to find great things in my city.
  2041.  
  2042. 445
  2043. 00:22:37,022 --> 00:22:38,690
  2044. So, we created Magnises.
  2045.  
  2046. 446
  2047. 00:22:39,024 --> 00:22:41,318
  2048. Billy really is one of
  2049. the world's greatest salesmen.
  2050.  
  2051. 447
  2052. 00:22:41,735 --> 00:22:43,862
  2053. He can convince anyone
  2054. of pretty much anything.
  2055.  
  2056. 448
  2057. 00:22:43,945 --> 00:22:46,990
  2058. Billy, I'm looking forward to the
  2059. day when I'll be working for you.
  2060.  
  2061. 449
  2062. 00:22:47,074 --> 00:22:50,285
  2063. I've known Billy probably
  2064. since he was 20 years old
  2065.  
  2066. 450
  2067. 00:22:50,369 --> 00:22:52,662
  2068. and Billy is an amazing entrepreneur.
  2069.  
  2070. 451
  2071. 00:22:53,455 --> 00:22:57,334
  2072. This is a young kid who figured out
  2073. how to get these millennials
  2074.  
  2075. 452
  2076. 00:22:57,709 --> 00:22:59,086
  2077. and lock them in.
  2078.  
  2079. 453
  2080. 00:22:59,169 --> 00:23:00,879
  2081. So we take everybody who has a card
  2082.  
  2083. 454
  2084. 00:23:00,962 --> 00:23:02,839
  2085. and create a lot of
  2086. networking opportunities.
  2087.  
  2088. 455
  2089. 00:23:02,923 --> 00:23:04,591
  2090. And we're partners
  2091. with local merchants -
  2092.  
  2093. 456
  2094. 00:23:04,674 --> 00:23:06,718
  2095. fashion stores, restaurants, gyms.
  2096.  
  2097. 457
  2098. 00:23:06,927 --> 00:23:08,595
  2099. They offer deals and discounts,
  2100.  
  2101. 458
  2102. 00:23:08,678 --> 00:23:11,431
  2103. and the big thing they had
  2104. was this clubhouse in West Village.
  2105.  
  2106. 459
  2107. 00:23:11,515 --> 00:23:15,394
  2108. You could take dates and friends there
  2109. and that's where they had the events.
  2110.  
  2111. 460
  2112. 00:23:15,727 --> 00:23:19,064
  2113. I helped Billy design wine tasting series
  2114. and lecture series
  2115.  
  2116. 461
  2117. 00:23:19,147 --> 00:23:22,025
  2118. and many different things
  2119. that brought these kids together
  2120.  
  2121. 462
  2122. 00:23:22,109 --> 00:23:23,527
  2123. with a sense of community.
  2124.  
  2125. 463
  2126. 00:23:23,902 --> 00:23:27,656
  2127. The parties were unbelievable.
  2128. They had live music, booze and food...
  2129.  
  2130. 464
  2131. 00:23:27,739 --> 00:23:29,533
  2132. I saw Ja Rule a bunch.
  2133.  
  2134. 465
  2135. 00:23:29,866 --> 00:23:32,244
  2136. Ja Rule is taking his talents
  2137. to a new business.
  2138.  
  2139. 466
  2140. 00:23:32,619 --> 00:23:36,581
  2141. <i>The rapper lending his creative mind</i>
  2142. <i>to an elite credit card for millenials.</i>
  2143.  
  2144. 467
  2145. 00:23:36,706 --> 00:23:39,668
  2146. What we're doing with Magnises
  2147. is growing very fast.
  2148.  
  2149. 468
  2150. 00:23:39,793 --> 00:23:43,630
  2151. We built on an app, went digital.
  2152. We crossed the 10,000-member mark.
  2153.  
  2154. 469
  2155. 00:23:43,713 --> 00:23:46,425
  2156. We were taking in close to $2 million
  2157. in membership fees.
  2158.  
  2159. 470
  2160. 00:23:48,427 --> 00:23:50,262
  2161. As we kept moving with Magnises,
  2162.  
  2163. 471
  2164. 00:23:50,345 --> 00:23:52,973
  2165. he wanted to penetrate
  2166. the New York upper class.
  2167.  
  2168. 472
  2169. 00:23:53,181 --> 00:23:56,476
  2170. He thought that the Maserati
  2171. and flying to meetings in private jets
  2172.  
  2173. 473
  2174. 00:23:56,560 --> 00:24:00,147
  2175. were necessary in his pursuit
  2176. of changing his external image
  2177.  
  2178. 474
  2179. 00:24:00,230 --> 00:24:04,317
  2180. and he thought that image would also be
  2181. a serious driver for the company.
  2182.  
  2183. 475
  2184. 00:24:05,152 --> 00:24:07,904
  2185. I hosted probably 40 events
  2186. for Magnises
  2187.  
  2188. 476
  2189. 00:24:07,988 --> 00:24:10,949
  2190. and a lot of the members enjoyed
  2191. being a part of that community.
  2192.  
  2193. 477
  2194. 00:24:12,159 --> 00:24:15,412
  2195. That audience, I think, was the audience
  2196. that Billy was focused on
  2197.  
  2198. 478
  2199. 00:24:15,495 --> 00:24:17,456
  2200. as far as Fyre was concerned as well...
  2201.  
  2202. 479
  2203. 00:24:17,664 --> 00:24:20,709
  2204. but it was a vision that was so big...
  2205.  
  2206. 480
  2207. 00:24:21,376 --> 00:24:24,087
  2208. that it was not something
  2209. that was going to be easy to pull off.
  2210.  
  2211. 481
  2212. 00:24:29,926 --> 00:24:32,095
  2213. Could you imagine trying to host
  2214. a music festival,
  2215.  
  2216. 482
  2217. 00:24:32,179 --> 00:24:35,432
  2218. even on Miami Beach or in Boston or LA?
  2219.  
  2220. 483
  2221. 00:24:35,515 --> 00:24:39,144
  2222. Almost impossible without an
  2223. incredibly big infrastructure.
  2224.  
  2225. 484
  2226. 00:24:39,227 --> 00:24:43,064
  2227. So, dial it up to a small island
  2228. in the Bahamas.
  2229.  
  2230. 485
  2231. 00:24:43,565 --> 00:24:46,651
  2232. It would probably be
  2233. the most difficult place you could do it.
  2234.  
  2235. 486
  2236. 00:24:47,777 --> 00:24:49,946
  2237. Billy called me and he said, "Listen,
  2238.  
  2239. 487
  2240. 00:24:50,280 --> 00:24:53,366
  2241. I need your help and I need you to get
  2242. to the Bahamas as soon as possible."
  2243.  
  2244. 488
  2245. 00:24:53,783 --> 00:24:57,913
  2246. And I flew in, not in any role,
  2247. except sort of subtly
  2248.  
  2249. 489
  2250. 00:24:58,288 --> 00:25:01,208
  2251. being the new leader and being kind of...
  2252.  
  2253. 490
  2254. 00:25:01,875 --> 00:25:03,084
  2255. Billy's whisperer.
  2256.  
  2257. 491
  2258. 00:25:05,170 --> 00:25:07,005
  2259. To do a proper music festival,
  2260.  
  2261. 492
  2262. 00:25:07,088 --> 00:25:09,341
  2263. I would say you should try to start the...
  2264.  
  2265. 493
  2266. 00:25:09,716 --> 00:25:13,470
  2267. the design and the fundraising,
  2268. everything at least 12 months out.
  2269.  
  2270. 494
  2271. 00:25:13,553 --> 00:25:17,098
  2272. The true core team
  2273. that came in literally had
  2274.  
  2275. 495
  2276. 00:25:17,182 --> 00:25:19,976
  2277. six to eight weeks to build this thing
  2278. and put it together.
  2279.  
  2280. 496
  2281. 00:25:23,605 --> 00:25:26,608
  2282. <i>Were you ever aware that</i>
  2283. <i>they said they had bought an island?</i>
  2284.  
  2285. 497
  2286. 00:25:26,691 --> 00:25:28,818
  2287. Yeah.
  2288.  
  2289. 498
  2290. 00:25:29,402 --> 00:25:30,654
  2291. It's like you couldn't...
  2292.  
  2293. 499
  2294. 00:25:31,112 --> 00:25:33,281
  2295. differentiate what was true
  2296.  
  2297. 500
  2298. 00:25:33,365 --> 00:25:34,950
  2299. and what wasn't true.
  2300.  
  2301. 501
  2302. 00:25:36,451 --> 00:25:37,911
  2303. I think we chose the right island.
  2304.  
  2305. 502
  2306. 00:25:39,538 --> 00:25:40,747
  2307. We got ours for ten million.
  2308.  
  2309. 503
  2310. 00:25:40,956 --> 00:25:43,124
  2311. Freehold land, no lease.
  2312. We own the land forever.
  2313.  
  2314. 504
  2315. 00:25:43,416 --> 00:25:45,627
  2316. I think it was like,
  2317. he had to put a million down
  2318.  
  2319. 505
  2320. 00:25:45,710 --> 00:25:48,922
  2321. and then pay the rest
  2322. by a certain amount of time.
  2323.  
  2324. 506
  2325. 00:25:49,589 --> 00:25:52,008
  2326. I don't know
  2327. if that million was ever paid.
  2328.  
  2329. 507
  2330. 00:25:53,009 --> 00:25:55,637
  2331. This was Pablo Escobar's island
  2332. twenty-five years ago.
  2333.  
  2334. 508
  2335. 00:25:55,762 --> 00:25:58,932
  2336. So we're taking the dream
  2337. for your average person in America
  2338.  
  2339. 509
  2340. 00:25:59,015 --> 00:26:00,934
  2341. or wherever they are and saying,
  2342. "For three days,
  2343.  
  2344. 510
  2345. 00:26:01,017 --> 00:26:02,310
  2346. you can become Pablo Escobar."
  2347.  
  2348. 511
  2349. 00:26:03,353 --> 00:26:05,897
  2350. <i> Billy was dealing</i>
  2351. <i>with Pablo Escobar's lawyer,</i>
  2352.  
  2353. 512
  2354. 00:26:05,981 --> 00:26:08,483
  2355. <i>he was dealing with family members.</i>
  2356.  
  2357. 513
  2358. 00:26:09,818 --> 00:26:12,529
  2359. Norman's Cay is rich in history
  2360.  
  2361. 514
  2362. 00:26:12,612 --> 00:26:15,907
  2363. with cocaine drug lords
  2364. running their drugs through the Bahamas.
  2365.  
  2366. 515
  2367. 00:26:16,783 --> 00:26:17,951
  2368. The owner of the Cay,
  2369.  
  2370. 516
  2371. 00:26:18,201 --> 00:26:20,662
  2372. he wanted a new reputation for his Cay.
  2373.  
  2374. 517
  2375. 00:26:21,121 --> 00:26:23,623
  2376. They were told not to use the word
  2377. "Pablo Escobar"
  2378.  
  2379. 518
  2380. 00:26:23,790 --> 00:26:26,293
  2381. and then they used that
  2382. in the first social media tweets.
  2383.  
  2384. 519
  2385. 00:26:26,835 --> 00:26:29,546
  2386. The new owner saw
  2387. the first video promotion
  2388.  
  2389. 520
  2390. 00:26:29,963 --> 00:26:31,881
  2391. and he kicked us off in one shot.
  2392.  
  2393. 521
  2394. 00:26:32,424 --> 00:26:34,259
  2395. Like, no questions asked.
  2396.  
  2397. 522
  2398. 00:26:34,884 --> 00:26:35,927
  2399. They were kicked off.
  2400.  
  2401. 523
  2402. 00:26:36,720 --> 00:26:38,054
  2403. Six or eight weeks out,
  2404.  
  2405. 524
  2406. 00:26:38,138 --> 00:26:40,724
  2407. he had to find a new location
  2408. on a neighboring Island...
  2409.  
  2410. 525
  2411. 00:26:41,224 --> 00:26:43,268
  2412. and then start the whole process
  2413. all over again.
  2414.  
  2415. 526
  2416. 00:26:44,603 --> 00:26:48,064
  2417. We were constantly trying to move,
  2418. like, trying to find a new location
  2419.  
  2420. 527
  2421. 00:26:48,148 --> 00:26:49,774
  2422. and trying to find what fits.
  2423.  
  2424. 528
  2425. 00:26:50,400 --> 00:26:52,694
  2426. Man, it just started to get hectic.
  2427.  
  2428. 529
  2429. 00:26:53,111 --> 00:26:56,823
  2430. Then I went to another island,
  2431. until you finally got to Great Exuma,
  2432.  
  2433. 530
  2434. 00:26:57,449 --> 00:27:00,368
  2435. where it was at least the biggest island
  2436. in the Exumas
  2437.  
  2438. 531
  2439. 00:27:00,452 --> 00:27:01,995
  2440. so it had, you know...
  2441.  
  2442. 532
  2443. 00:27:02,787 --> 00:27:03,747
  2444. plumbing.
  2445.  
  2446. 533
  2447. 00:27:11,254 --> 00:27:15,800
  2448. American rapper, singer and actor Ja Rule,
  2449. also known as Jeffrey Atkins,
  2450.  
  2451. 534
  2452. 00:27:15,884 --> 00:27:18,094
  2453. is in the Bahamas
  2454. with his business partners
  2455.  
  2456. 535
  2457. 00:27:18,178 --> 00:27:21,473
  2458. to discuss the details
  2459. of a concert next month.
  2460.  
  2461. 536
  2462. 00:27:22,557 --> 00:27:27,354
  2463. Fyre was like the thing of the island.
  2464. Renting so much, rent-a-cars,
  2465.  
  2466. 537
  2467. 00:27:27,771 --> 00:27:29,773
  2468. big jets are flying in.
  2469.  
  2470. 538
  2471. 00:27:30,482 --> 00:27:33,735
  2472. Everybody was saying, "Hey, that's Fyre,
  2473. they have lots of money.
  2474.  
  2475. 539
  2476. 00:27:33,818 --> 00:27:35,612
  2477. They could do anything."
  2478.  
  2479. 540
  2480. 00:27:36,404 --> 00:27:38,782
  2481. We hope this is the first of many steps
  2482.  
  2483. 541
  2484. 00:27:38,865 --> 00:27:42,786
  2485. to bring entertainment
  2486. and bring value back to the Bahamas.
  2487.  
  2488. 542
  2489. 00:27:43,203 --> 00:27:46,706
  2490. I was waiting for some shit like this
  2491. to happen in the Bahamas, to be real.
  2492.  
  2493. 543
  2494. 00:27:46,873 --> 00:27:50,168
  2495. You know, we never had
  2496. that many American artists,
  2497.  
  2498. 544
  2499. 00:27:50,251 --> 00:27:51,753
  2500. you know, on one stage.
  2501.  
  2502. 545
  2503. 00:27:52,170 --> 00:27:55,382
  2504. This was supposed to go on
  2505. for five years, every year.
  2506.  
  2507. 546
  2508. 00:27:56,132 --> 00:28:00,011
  2509. So, if you do good,
  2510. you were asked for five years.
  2511.  
  2512. 547
  2513. 00:28:00,095 --> 00:28:03,682
  2514. You got the contract, so you wanted
  2515. to live up to the expectations.
  2516.  
  2517. 548
  2518. 00:28:06,559 --> 00:28:08,061
  2519. They had the site.
  2520.  
  2521. 549
  2522. 00:28:08,395 --> 00:28:10,063
  2523. They let us onto the property...
  2524.  
  2525. 550
  2526. 00:28:10,438 --> 00:28:11,940
  2527. and we looked at it.
  2528.  
  2529. 551
  2530. 00:28:12,023 --> 00:28:14,234
  2531. And that's when some of the questions
  2532. started to rise.
  2533.  
  2534. 552
  2535. 00:28:14,734 --> 00:28:15,610
  2536. The site...
  2537.  
  2538. 553
  2539. 00:28:16,152 --> 00:28:17,946
  2540. was on a hill...
  2541.  
  2542. 554
  2543. 00:28:18,238 --> 00:28:19,406
  2544. and at the base,
  2545.  
  2546. 555
  2547. 00:28:19,698 --> 00:28:23,576
  2548. what I saw was, pretty much,
  2549. a housing development
  2550.  
  2551. 556
  2552. 00:28:23,660 --> 00:28:24,994
  2553. construction site...
  2554.  
  2555. 557
  2556. 00:28:25,453 --> 00:28:30,291
  2557. that was hazardous in many ways
  2558. and that needed a lot of work.
  2559.  
  2560. 558
  2561. 00:28:30,667 --> 00:28:34,212
  2562. You know there's going to be hiccups,
  2563. there's gonna be things to be addressed.
  2564.  
  2565. 559
  2566. 00:28:34,295 --> 00:28:38,216
  2567. It's a first-year festival
  2568. on an island and you find solutions.
  2569.  
  2570. 560
  2571. 00:28:38,299 --> 00:28:40,176
  2572. We said,
  2573. "Here's what you should think about,
  2574.  
  2575. 561
  2576. 00:28:40,635 --> 00:28:42,387
  2577. you know, here's what your tenting is,
  2578.  
  2579. 562
  2580. 00:28:42,470 --> 00:28:43,972
  2581. you know, the geodesic domes...
  2582.  
  2583. 563
  2584. 00:28:44,055 --> 00:28:45,682
  2585. Here's what it's going to cost to set up."
  2586.  
  2587. 564
  2588. 00:28:45,765 --> 00:28:46,766
  2589. And...
  2590.  
  2591. 565
  2592. 00:28:46,850 --> 00:28:47,767
  2593. away we went.
  2594.  
  2595. 566
  2596. 00:28:51,104 --> 00:28:53,982
  2597. What's crazy is they booked the festival
  2598.  
  2599. 567
  2600. 00:28:54,607 --> 00:28:57,944
  2601. during the busiest weekend
  2602. of the year on Great Exuma.
  2603.  
  2604. 568
  2605. 00:28:58,027 --> 00:28:59,195
  2606. It's like the Superbowl there.
  2607.  
  2608. 569
  2609. 00:28:59,279 --> 00:29:01,239
  2610. It's called the National Regatta,
  2611.  
  2612. 570
  2613. 00:29:01,448 --> 00:29:04,033
  2614. and the island basically doubles
  2615. in population size
  2616.  
  2617. 571
  2618. 00:29:04,367 --> 00:29:08,288
  2619. and all of the hotels get booked months,
  2620. maybe a year in advance.
  2621.  
  2622. 572
  2623. 00:29:09,372 --> 00:29:11,124
  2624. Billy had sold a villa package,
  2625.  
  2626. 573
  2627. 00:29:11,458 --> 00:29:14,043
  2628. and these people were essentially staying
  2629. in an Airbnb,
  2630.  
  2631. 574
  2632. 00:29:14,836 --> 00:29:18,798
  2633. so we had to find houses
  2634. all across the island for 500 guests.
  2635.  
  2636. 575
  2637. 00:29:19,924 --> 00:29:21,885
  2638. To make it worse, they had oversold
  2639.  
  2640. 576
  2641. 00:29:22,135 --> 00:29:23,845
  2642. their "Lodge" packages,
  2643.  
  2644. 577
  2645. 00:29:23,928 --> 00:29:26,097
  2646. which were these tents on the main site.
  2647.  
  2648. 578
  2649. 00:29:27,182 --> 00:29:28,808
  2650. And then the word comes down from the top
  2651.  
  2652. 579
  2653. 00:29:28,892 --> 00:29:31,644
  2654. that all influencers will get housing
  2655. for free.
  2656.  
  2657. 580
  2658. 00:29:32,979 --> 00:29:34,272
  2659. So I start calling influencers.
  2660.  
  2661. 581
  2662. 00:29:34,355 --> 00:29:36,649
  2663. I was the first voice that they had heard
  2664.  
  2665. 582
  2666. 00:29:36,983 --> 00:29:38,318
  2667. since they posted.
  2668.  
  2669. 583
  2670. 00:29:38,401 --> 00:29:42,405
  2671. Each influencer,
  2672. and there were about 250 influencers,
  2673.  
  2674. 584
  2675. 00:29:42,489 --> 00:29:44,240
  2676. were promised, for a post,
  2677.  
  2678. 585
  2679. 00:29:44,783 --> 00:29:45,867
  2680. for one post...
  2681.  
  2682. 586
  2683. 00:29:46,367 --> 00:29:49,537
  2684. a one-bedroom,
  2685. three-person villa on the beach...
  2686.  
  2687. 587
  2688. 00:29:51,372 --> 00:29:52,582
  2689. that didn't exist.
  2690.  
  2691. 588
  2692. 00:29:53,958 --> 00:29:55,460
  2693. I started talking to Billy...
  2694.  
  2695. 589
  2696. 00:29:55,543 --> 00:29:57,212
  2697. and from the get-go, it was, you know,
  2698.  
  2699. 590
  2700. 00:29:57,295 --> 00:30:00,131
  2701. we were all running around, scrambling,
  2702. every day to find new houses.
  2703.  
  2704. 591
  2705. 00:30:00,215 --> 00:30:02,634
  2706. "We need help from you guys,
  2707. start to cut people.
  2708.  
  2709. 592
  2710. 00:30:03,009 --> 00:30:05,220
  2711. These people aren't paying
  2712. for the experience.
  2713.  
  2714. 593
  2715. 00:30:06,137 --> 00:30:07,388
  2716. Tell them not to come."
  2717.  
  2718. 594
  2719. 00:30:07,597 --> 00:30:10,725
  2720. And it was a constant battle
  2721. because what they cared most about
  2722.  
  2723. 595
  2724. 00:30:11,309 --> 00:30:12,644
  2725. was the influencers.
  2726.  
  2727. 596
  2728. 00:30:13,353 --> 00:30:16,314
  2729. So I'm imploring them to cancel
  2730. paying guests at this point.
  2731.  
  2732. 597
  2733. 00:30:16,397 --> 00:30:19,818
  2734. "They're not gonna have a place to stay."
  2735. And the response from Billy was,
  2736.  
  2737. 598
  2738. 00:30:19,901 --> 00:30:23,071
  2739. "We're not a problems focus group.
  2740. We're a solutions-oriented group.
  2741.  
  2742. 599
  2743. 00:30:23,154 --> 00:30:26,241
  2744. We need to have a positive attitude
  2745. about this. We need a good attitude."
  2746.  
  2747. 600
  2748. 00:30:26,324 --> 00:30:30,453
  2749. And he was unflappable
  2750. but he was also entirely delusional.
  2751.  
  2752. 601
  2753. 00:30:30,912 --> 00:30:34,874
  2754. So it was this constant battle
  2755. in my mind between,
  2756.  
  2757. 602
  2758. 00:30:35,166 --> 00:30:38,086
  2759. "Is this guy a genius or is he a madman?"
  2760.  
  2761. 603
  2762. 00:30:38,253 --> 00:30:42,131
  2763. Because he just would not take "no"
  2764. for an answer and he wouldn't take advice.
  2765.  
  2766. 604
  2767. 00:30:42,215 --> 00:30:44,133
  2768. <i>Where do you stand now?</i>
  2769.  
  2770. 605
  2771. 00:30:44,551 --> 00:30:45,510
  2772. He's a liar.
  2773.  
  2774. 606
  2775. 00:30:51,850 --> 00:30:55,478
  2776. Billy McFarland first got
  2777. on my radar living here in New York.
  2778.  
  2779. 607
  2780. 00:30:56,563 --> 00:30:58,523
  2781. He was running a company called Magnises.
  2782.  
  2783. 608
  2784. 00:30:58,857 --> 00:31:02,694
  2785. I had a number of friends then
  2786. that did get the Magnises card
  2787.  
  2788. 609
  2789. 00:31:02,777 --> 00:31:04,362
  2790. when they started offering
  2791.  
  2792. 610
  2793. 00:31:04,654 --> 00:31:09,492
  2794. access to elite tickets
  2795. at a cost well below the market rate.
  2796.  
  2797. 611
  2798. 00:31:10,243 --> 00:31:12,078
  2799. The whole thing didn't make sense to me.
  2800.  
  2801. 612
  2802. 00:31:13,788 --> 00:31:16,207
  2803. People that I've spoken to
  2804. that were cardholders
  2805.  
  2806. 613
  2807. 00:31:16,291 --> 00:31:19,502
  2808. recount having their reservations
  2809. canceled at the last minute,
  2810.  
  2811. 614
  2812. 00:31:19,586 --> 00:31:21,629
  2813. so it seemed very hard
  2814. for people to actually
  2815.  
  2816. 615
  2817. 00:31:21,713 --> 00:31:24,173
  2818. access any of the benefits
  2819. that they were promised
  2820.  
  2821. 616
  2822. 00:31:24,591 --> 00:31:28,595
  2823. And so, this guy was always out there,
  2824. just running hustles...
  2825.  
  2826. 617
  2827. 00:31:28,928 --> 00:31:30,513
  2828. that were sort of slick,
  2829.  
  2830. 618
  2831. 00:31:30,597 --> 00:31:35,184
  2832. but then not necessarily, in my mind,
  2833. something that was by the book.
  2834.  
  2835. 619
  2836. 00:31:37,645 --> 00:31:40,940
  2837. I vividly remember
  2838. the Fyre festival video.
  2839.  
  2840. 620
  2841. 00:31:41,608 --> 00:31:43,484
  2842. This video was everywhere on Facebook
  2843.  
  2844. 621
  2845. 00:31:43,568 --> 00:31:47,614
  2846. and I see a few of the bands
  2847. that I actually work with
  2848.  
  2849. 622
  2850. 00:31:47,697 --> 00:31:50,450
  2851. listed as headliners for this festival.
  2852.  
  2853. 623
  2854. 00:31:51,075 --> 00:31:53,036
  2855. So I immediately called the agents
  2856. and I say,
  2857.  
  2858. 624
  2859. 00:31:53,119 --> 00:31:55,455
  2860. "Hey, look,
  2861. this thing doesn't make sense to me,"
  2862.  
  2863. 625
  2864. 00:31:55,538 --> 00:31:58,458
  2865. and they start saying,
  2866. "It doesn't make sense to us either.
  2867.  
  2868. 626
  2869. 00:31:58,541 --> 00:32:02,629
  2870. These guys are promising to pay
  2871. two X what our market value is."
  2872.  
  2873. 627
  2874. 00:32:02,837 --> 00:32:05,632
  2875. I say, "Have they sent the money?"
  2876. and they say, "Funny that you ask,
  2877.  
  2878. 628
  2879. 00:32:05,715 --> 00:32:07,592
  2880. No, they haven't sent the money
  2881. for it yet."
  2882.  
  2883. 629
  2884. 00:32:07,675 --> 00:32:09,761
  2885. I say, "Okay. This is interesting."
  2886.  
  2887. 630
  2888. 00:32:10,637 --> 00:32:13,389
  2889. I take a more active role
  2890.  
  2891. 631
  2892. 00:32:13,806 --> 00:32:17,393
  2893. in investigating everything
  2894. that was going on with Fyre Festival.
  2895.  
  2896. 632
  2897. 00:32:18,353 --> 00:32:23,358
  2898. What I realized was that they had rented
  2899. an area north of Sandals Resort
  2900.  
  2901. 633
  2902. 00:32:23,441 --> 00:32:27,946
  2903. and then effectively photoshopped out
  2904. the bottom portion of the map
  2905.  
  2906. 634
  2907. 00:32:28,029 --> 00:32:30,615
  2908. to make it look like
  2909. they were on a deserted island.
  2910.  
  2911. 635
  2912. 00:32:30,698 --> 00:32:33,493
  2913. I thought, "The world's gotta know
  2914. what's going on."
  2915.  
  2916. 636
  2917. 00:32:33,576 --> 00:32:38,122
  2918. So I create the now-infamous
  2919. Twitter account, FyreFraud.
  2920.  
  2921. 637
  2922. 00:32:41,417 --> 00:32:43,836
  2923. I thought, "Okay, I'm going to
  2924. put this out there
  2925.  
  2926. 638
  2927. 00:32:43,920 --> 00:32:45,380
  2928. and people are going to see this
  2929.  
  2930. 639
  2931. 00:32:45,463 --> 00:32:47,298
  2932. and everyone's going to know it's bogus,"
  2933.  
  2934. 640
  2935. 00:32:47,382 --> 00:32:49,133
  2936. and nothing happened.
  2937.  
  2938. 641
  2939. 00:32:49,217 --> 00:32:53,346
  2940. I got maybe two or three clicks
  2941. on Twitter and that was it.
  2942.  
  2943. 642
  2944. 00:32:53,429 --> 00:32:56,140
  2945. So I said, "All right,
  2946. we gotta hit 'em a little harder."
  2947.  
  2948. 643
  2949. 00:32:57,850 --> 00:33:00,937
  2950. What we ended up doing was taking
  2951. a plane down there
  2952.  
  2953. 644
  2954. 00:33:01,020 --> 00:33:04,273
  2955. and photographing the development
  2956. and what they were working on.
  2957.  
  2958. 645
  2959. 00:33:05,233 --> 00:33:07,193
  2960. One of the things that really struck me
  2961.  
  2962. 646
  2963. 00:33:07,276 --> 00:33:09,612
  2964. was that they were erecting
  2965. these dome tents
  2966.  
  2967. 647
  2968. 00:33:09,696 --> 00:33:12,615
  2969. that were pitched as "luxury villas"
  2970. that I realized
  2971.  
  2972. 648
  2973. 00:33:12,699 --> 00:33:15,743
  2974. were leftover hurricane tents
  2975. from Hurricane Matthew.
  2976.  
  2977. 649
  2978. 00:33:17,328 --> 00:33:21,749
  2979. That is a far stretch
  2980. from a luxury villa on a deserted island.
  2981.  
  2982. 650
  2983. 00:33:22,333 --> 00:33:25,169
  2984. I realized very quickly
  2985. that there was no way
  2986.  
  2987. 651
  2988. 00:33:25,294 --> 00:33:28,006
  2989. that these guys were going to be able
  2990. to pull this off.
  2991.  
  2992. 652
  2993. 00:33:34,929 --> 00:33:36,806
  2994. We were building
  2995. a city within a city
  2996.  
  2997. 653
  2998. 00:33:37,181 --> 00:33:39,225
  2999. in terms of waste disposal,
  3000.  
  3001. 654
  3002. 00:33:39,308 --> 00:33:41,602
  3003. in terms of restrooms, water.
  3004.  
  3005. 655
  3006. 00:33:42,186 --> 00:33:43,604
  3007. It was a fucking shit show,
  3008.  
  3009. 656
  3010. 00:33:43,938 --> 00:33:46,899
  3011. but we were doing everything
  3012. that we could possibly do.
  3013.  
  3014. 657
  3015. 00:33:47,191 --> 00:33:50,361
  3016. They're frantically building the site.
  3017.  
  3018. 658
  3019. 00:33:51,279 --> 00:33:55,324
  3020. You know, 100 day laborers
  3021. working around the clock, no sleep.
  3022.  
  3023. 659
  3024. 00:33:55,533 --> 00:33:59,203
  3025. It was just this mass,
  3026. big crew of local workers.
  3027.  
  3028. 660
  3029. 00:33:59,579 --> 00:34:03,291
  3030. Billy paid them off and then he was like,
  3031. "You know, we need more guys.
  3032.  
  3033. 661
  3034. 00:34:03,624 --> 00:34:04,959
  3035. We need more workers."
  3036.  
  3037. 662
  3038. 00:34:05,043 --> 00:34:07,545
  3039. Billy paid them
  3040. for the next three days and then...
  3041.  
  3042. 663
  3043. 00:34:07,628 --> 00:34:10,548
  3044. Billy's like, "Bring more workers.
  3045. We need more workers."
  3046.  
  3047. 664
  3048. 00:34:10,631 --> 00:34:13,301
  3049. And then it was starting
  3050. to get too much for me to handle.
  3051.  
  3052. 665
  3053. 00:34:13,384 --> 00:34:17,055
  3054. They had every living soul
  3055. on the island of Exuma
  3056.  
  3057. 666
  3058. 00:34:18,222 --> 00:34:21,309
  3059. who could lift a towel, working.
  3060.  
  3061. 667
  3062. 00:34:21,976 --> 00:34:26,147
  3063. My gosh, there had to have been,
  3064. probably at some point, 200 people.
  3065.  
  3066. 668
  3067. 00:34:26,564 --> 00:34:28,649
  3068. I had to feed all the staff.
  3069.  
  3070. 669
  3071. 00:34:28,733 --> 00:34:33,821
  3072. Basically, that was taking on
  3073. the whole Fyre operation under my wings.
  3074.  
  3075. 670
  3076. 00:34:34,864 --> 00:34:37,325
  3077. I'd gone down to the Bahamas
  3078. with some friends
  3079.  
  3080. 671
  3081. 00:34:37,575 --> 00:34:42,080
  3082. and just coincidentally we actually
  3083. ran into Ja Rule and Billy down there
  3084.  
  3085. 672
  3086. 00:34:42,163 --> 00:34:46,501
  3087. and then they offered to take us
  3088. on a little tour of the site.
  3089.  
  3090. 673
  3091. 00:34:47,919 --> 00:34:51,547
  3092. It was beautiful, you know,
  3093. but it's just like a big giant bluff
  3094.  
  3095. 674
  3096. 00:34:51,631 --> 00:34:54,842
  3097. overlooking the ocean.
  3098. There are no buildings, there's no...
  3099.  
  3100. 675
  3101. 00:34:55,426 --> 00:34:59,347
  3102. access to electricity or running water
  3103. or any of that type of stuff.
  3104.  
  3105. 676
  3106. 00:35:00,223 --> 00:35:01,599
  3107. We were just kind of like,
  3108.  
  3109. 677
  3110. 00:35:01,933 --> 00:35:04,769
  3111. concerned, really, there was
  3112. no infrastructure in place, you know,
  3113.  
  3114. 678
  3115. 00:35:04,852 --> 00:35:08,064
  3116. but at the same time,
  3117. they sounded fairly confident
  3118.  
  3119. 679
  3120. 00:35:08,147 --> 00:35:11,317
  3121. about their ability
  3122. to get this thing done.
  3123.  
  3124. 680
  3125. 00:35:14,362 --> 00:35:16,405
  3126. How is it non
  3127.  
  3128. 681
  3129. 00:35:16,489 --> 00:35:19,117
  3130. When you guys are not the headlining act
  3131. at a bigger festival,
  3132.  
  3133. 682
  3134. 00:35:19,200 --> 00:35:22,703
  3135. you guys don't get top of billing.
  3136. I mean, in our contract...
  3137.  
  3138. 683
  3139. 00:35:24,747 --> 00:35:27,834
  3140. I understand. I mean, it's a font size.
  3141.  
  3142. 684
  3143. 00:35:29,252 --> 00:35:31,963
  3144. You had people working 24 hours a day.
  3145.  
  3146. 685
  3147. 00:35:32,171 --> 00:35:35,550
  3148. I had to work basically two days in one
  3149. because of Fyre Media
  3150.  
  3151. 686
  3152. 00:35:36,008 --> 00:35:37,635
  3153. and then Fyre Festival.
  3154.  
  3155. 687
  3156. 00:35:37,927 --> 00:35:41,389
  3157. I noticed the people that were involved
  3158. in going back and forth to the Bahamas,
  3159.  
  3160. 688
  3161. 00:35:41,472 --> 00:35:44,058
  3162. in the planning,
  3163. they were becoming growingly frustrated.
  3164.  
  3165. 689
  3166. 00:35:44,142 --> 00:35:45,518
  3167. They would come to me and like,
  3168.  
  3169. 690
  3170. 00:35:45,601 --> 00:35:47,436
  3171. "What are you working on
  3172. with the booking platform?
  3173.  
  3174. 691
  3175. 00:35:47,520 --> 00:35:50,314
  3176. I can't wait to get back
  3177. on this side of the business
  3178.  
  3179. 692
  3180. 00:35:50,398 --> 00:35:53,151
  3181. because the festival stuff
  3182. is just becoming chaotic."
  3183.  
  3184. 693
  3185. 00:35:53,317 --> 00:35:56,821
  3186. We just knew very little about what was
  3187. happening on the festival side,
  3188.  
  3189. 694
  3190. 00:35:56,946 --> 00:35:59,907
  3191. except, you know, the persistent feeling
  3192. of growing dread.
  3193.  
  3194. 695
  3195. 00:36:00,074 --> 00:36:02,952
  3196. Every single day,
  3197. it got endlessly more tense.
  3198.  
  3199. 696
  3200. 00:36:03,161 --> 00:36:06,372
  3201. We would be at standstill sometimes
  3202. for weeks
  3203.  
  3204. 697
  3205. 00:36:06,455 --> 00:36:09,000
  3206. not being able to get that final sign off
  3207. or move through on things
  3208.  
  3209. 698
  3210. 00:36:09,083 --> 00:36:12,795
  3211. because<i> </i>he was completely, you know,
  3212. succumbed to the festival needs.
  3213.  
  3214. 699
  3215. 00:36:13,296 --> 00:36:16,465
  3216. Spending money at an outrageous cost
  3217. and speed.
  3218.  
  3219. 700
  3220. 00:36:16,674 --> 00:36:20,636
  3221. I wasn't sure if it was startup woes,
  3222. just like "unorganization",
  3223.  
  3224. 701
  3225. 00:36:20,761 --> 00:36:24,640
  3226. or if it was actually financial trouble,
  3227. but sometimes payments would be late.
  3228.  
  3229. 702
  3230. 00:36:25,766 --> 00:36:27,268
  3231. Friday afternoon,
  3232.  
  3233. 703
  3234. 00:36:27,351 --> 00:36:31,147
  3235. our favorite topic is, "Did you get paid
  3236. and was it for the right amount?"
  3237.  
  3238. 704
  3239. 00:36:31,772 --> 00:36:36,777
  3240. and Michael once was like, "Yeah,
  3241. I got paid, but it was in a bag of cash."
  3242.  
  3243. 705
  3244. 00:36:38,112 --> 00:36:40,406
  3245. I knew that cash flow
  3246. was becoming an issue,
  3247.  
  3248. 706
  3249. 00:36:40,698 --> 00:36:43,034
  3250. but Billy handled all the finances.
  3251.  
  3252. 707
  3253. 00:36:43,784 --> 00:36:44,702
  3254. At that point,
  3255.  
  3256. 708
  3257. 00:36:44,785 --> 00:36:47,872
  3258. Billy had said, "Listen, we're into this
  3259. for 25 million bucks.
  3260.  
  3261. 709
  3262. 00:36:47,955 --> 00:36:50,333
  3263. I'm like, "Oh, my gosh, Billy, jeepers."
  3264.  
  3265. 710
  3266. 00:36:51,500 --> 00:36:55,171
  3267. The word from people that knew Billy
  3268. was that he was a magician fundraiser
  3269.  
  3270. 711
  3271. 00:36:55,296 --> 00:36:57,048
  3272. and he just kept pulling money in,
  3273. somehow.
  3274.  
  3275. 712
  3276. 00:36:57,798 --> 00:37:01,052
  3277. Billy would get on a jet,
  3278. he'd fly to New York and he'd come back
  3279.  
  3280. 713
  3281. 00:37:01,135 --> 00:37:03,262
  3282. and somehow have another
  3283. three million bucks
  3284.  
  3285. 714
  3286. 00:37:03,346 --> 00:37:07,183
  3287. in his pocket to pull off
  3288. the next level of needs.
  3289.  
  3290. 715
  3291. 00:37:08,434 --> 00:37:10,853
  3292. Carola was one of
  3293. the many investors.
  3294.  
  3295. 716
  3296. 00:37:11,520 --> 00:37:13,189
  3297. She was a big believer in Billy.
  3298.  
  3299. 717
  3300. 00:37:13,439 --> 00:37:17,735
  3301. She was there from his earliest venture,
  3302. Magnesis, and then Fyre.
  3303.  
  3304. 718
  3305. 00:37:18,152 --> 00:37:20,821
  3306. She had always been around,
  3307. always supporting this kid
  3308.  
  3309. 719
  3310. 00:37:20,905 --> 00:37:24,617
  3311. and always believing in his ability
  3312. to become the next big entrepreneur.
  3313.  
  3314. 720
  3315. 00:37:24,951 --> 00:37:28,120
  3316. We can figure out how to make an extra
  3317. three, four, five million dollars.
  3318.  
  3319. 721
  3320. 00:37:28,663 --> 00:37:30,790
  3321. Whether it's higher-tier artist passes,
  3322.  
  3323. 722
  3324. 00:37:30,873 --> 00:37:33,876
  3325. food and alcohol passes, VIP party passes,
  3326.  
  3327. 723
  3328. 00:37:34,043 --> 00:37:37,296
  3329. the Kendall Jenner yacht party
  3330. for $10,000 a head for 100 people.
  3331.  
  3332. 724
  3333. 00:37:37,380 --> 00:37:40,716
  3334. Billy had a vision, you know,
  3335. and he was definitely thinking
  3336.  
  3337. 725
  3338. 00:37:40,800 --> 00:37:45,096
  3339. of every little twist
  3340. that he could come up with
  3341.  
  3342. 726
  3343. 00:37:45,179 --> 00:37:46,973
  3344. to raise the money to make it happen.
  3345.  
  3346. 727
  3347. 00:37:47,056 --> 00:37:50,476
  3348. There's two things going for us:
  3349. one, an audience who has cash,
  3350.  
  3351. 728
  3352. 00:37:50,559 --> 00:37:52,645
  3353. and us, we have the celebrity,
  3354. we have the island.
  3355.  
  3356. 729
  3357. 00:37:52,728 --> 00:37:55,231
  3358. There's ways we can monetize both,
  3359. we're gonna make that happen.
  3360.  
  3361. 730
  3362. 00:37:55,314 --> 00:37:56,732
  3363. I overheard a conversation,
  3364.  
  3365. 731
  3366. 00:37:56,816 --> 00:37:59,318
  3367. "Let's put up a cabaña for $50,000
  3368.  
  3369. 732
  3370. 00:37:59,402 --> 00:38:00,987
  3371. and see if anyone buys it."
  3372.  
  3373. 733
  3374. 00:38:01,821 --> 00:38:03,990
  3375. And I remember thinking,
  3376. "Do you have a cabaña to sell?
  3377.  
  3378. 734
  3379. 00:38:04,073 --> 00:38:07,076
  3380. Because I'm feeling concerned
  3381. that you're not thinking about that
  3382.  
  3383. 735
  3384. 00:38:07,159 --> 00:38:10,454
  3385. before you are putting it live on the site
  3386. for someone to buy."
  3387.  
  3388. 736
  3389. 00:38:17,962 --> 00:38:21,632
  3390. So, this website came out.
  3391. It was, like, "fyrecay.com."
  3392.  
  3393. 737
  3394. 00:38:22,008 --> 00:38:25,386
  3395. And the site's sole purpose
  3396. was to destroy this festival.
  3397.  
  3398. 738
  3399. 00:38:25,803 --> 00:38:28,514
  3400. It was getting fed direct information
  3401. and photos
  3402.  
  3403. 739
  3404. 00:38:28,597 --> 00:38:30,808
  3405. of the site that was totally unfinished.
  3406.  
  3407. 740
  3408. 00:38:31,267 --> 00:38:33,436
  3409. News that was happening
  3410. by the day that only
  3411.  
  3412. 741
  3413. 00:38:33,519 --> 00:38:36,522
  3414. pretty senior people in the festival
  3415. knew what was happening.
  3416.  
  3417. 742
  3418. 00:38:38,274 --> 00:38:39,900
  3419. It was almost like WikiLeaks.
  3420.  
  3421. 743
  3422. 00:38:39,984 --> 00:38:43,362
  3423. We were having these confidential meetings
  3424. and then things from that meeting
  3425.  
  3426. 744
  3427. 00:38:43,446 --> 00:38:45,364
  3428. were actually getting out, word for word.
  3429.  
  3430. 745
  3431. 00:38:46,824 --> 00:38:49,410
  3432. So we knew someone actually
  3433. in the meeting had been wired up.
  3434.  
  3435. 746
  3436. 00:38:49,702 --> 00:38:52,413
  3437. So we were all called to the war room
  3438. to have a meeting
  3439.  
  3440. 747
  3441. 00:38:52,705 --> 00:38:54,874
  3442. and it was basically a witch hunt meeting.
  3443.  
  3444. 748
  3445. 00:38:55,166 --> 00:38:57,543
  3446. It was, "If you are the person
  3447.  
  3448. 749
  3449. 00:38:57,835 --> 00:39:01,005
  3450. or people that are sending
  3451. this information to this website,
  3452.  
  3453. 750
  3454. 00:39:01,339 --> 00:39:03,132
  3455. we will pursue legal action,
  3456.  
  3457. 751
  3458. 00:39:03,299 --> 00:39:05,509
  3459. you will leave this island,
  3460. you will not get paid
  3461.  
  3462. 752
  3463. 00:39:05,593 --> 00:39:06,927
  3464. and we'll come after you."
  3465.  
  3466. 753
  3467. 00:39:07,345 --> 00:39:10,639
  3468. The guy that put together Fyrecay
  3469. was extorting Billy.
  3470.  
  3471. 754
  3472. 00:39:11,057 --> 00:39:12,892
  3473. Billy wanted him
  3474. to take the website down.
  3475.  
  3476. 755
  3477. 00:39:12,975 --> 00:39:16,354
  3478. He said he would only do it
  3479. if the Fyre Festival
  3480.  
  3481. 756
  3482. 00:39:16,437 --> 00:39:19,315
  3483. started releasing actual photos
  3484. of the campsites.
  3485.  
  3486. 757
  3487. 00:39:19,398 --> 00:39:21,108
  3488. And I just kept saying to Billy,
  3489.  
  3490. 758
  3491. 00:39:21,192 --> 00:39:26,947
  3492. "We need to get the messaging out now
  3493. that this is not a luxury music festival.
  3494.  
  3495. 759
  3496. 00:39:27,031 --> 00:39:29,367
  3497. People aren't staying on yachts,
  3498. at least, most aren't,
  3499.  
  3500. 760
  3501. 00:39:29,450 --> 00:39:30,910
  3502. many are not staying in villas
  3503.  
  3504. 761
  3505. 00:39:30,993 --> 00:39:34,705
  3506. and if you can get that messaging out now,
  3507. we will be able to manage expectations."
  3508.  
  3509. 762
  3510. 00:39:34,789 --> 00:39:36,624
  3511. You know?
  3512. Like here's the reality. Just do it
  3513.  
  3514. 763
  3515. 00:39:36,999 --> 00:39:39,335
  3516. and people will make
  3517. their own decisions on it.
  3518.  
  3519. 764
  3520. 00:39:39,418 --> 00:39:40,961
  3521. But you have got to be honest.
  3522.  
  3523. 765
  3524. 00:39:41,045 --> 00:39:43,506
  3525. Here's what it is.
  3526. Here's the tents, you know?
  3527.  
  3528. 766
  3529. 00:39:43,589 --> 00:39:45,800
  3530. People are going to find out
  3531. sooner or later, so, like,
  3532.  
  3533. 767
  3534. 00:39:46,008 --> 00:39:47,676
  3535. why are you walking around...
  3536.  
  3537. 768
  3538. 00:39:48,719 --> 00:39:50,304
  3539. trying to dodge the inevitable?
  3540.  
  3541. 769
  3542. 00:39:54,767 --> 00:39:57,061
  3543. We were gearing up.
  3544. We were ready to go.
  3545.  
  3546. 770
  3547. 00:39:57,144 --> 00:40:00,064
  3548. We're, like, going to the gym,
  3549. having this grand old time.
  3550.  
  3551. 771
  3552. 00:40:00,815 --> 00:40:04,318
  3553. We would go on these jogs every morning
  3554. to get ready for Fyre Festival.
  3555.  
  3556. 772
  3557. 00:40:04,402 --> 00:40:07,822
  3558. Like, powering around town.
  3559. "We're going on this great vacation.
  3560.  
  3561. 773
  3562. 00:40:07,905 --> 00:40:09,323
  3563. We're going to have such a blast.
  3564.  
  3565. 774
  3566. 00:40:09,407 --> 00:40:11,534
  3567. We're going to meet all these people
  3568. and have this...
  3569.  
  3570. 775
  3571. 00:40:11,617 --> 00:40:13,786
  3572. just truly fantastic experience."
  3573.  
  3574. 776
  3575. 00:40:13,869 --> 00:40:15,538
  3576. I mean, it was so exciting.
  3577.  
  3578. 777
  3579. 00:40:18,958 --> 00:40:21,377
  3580. On April 22nd, I get an email.
  3581.  
  3582. 778
  3583. 00:40:21,836 --> 00:40:24,672
  3584. "I noticed you hadn't created
  3585. your Fyreband account yet.
  3586.  
  3587. 779
  3588. 00:40:24,755 --> 00:40:27,716
  3589. It is your wallet for the weekend,
  3590. so load it appropriately.
  3591.  
  3592. 780
  3593. 00:40:27,800 --> 00:40:31,470
  3594. The majority of our guests
  3595. have added $3,000 for the weekend.
  3596.  
  3597. 781
  3598. 00:40:31,929 --> 00:40:36,225
  3599. But if you want to reserve tables
  3600. or take part in the add-on experiences,
  3601.  
  3602. 782
  3603. 00:40:36,559 --> 00:40:38,519
  3604. you will want to put on much more."
  3605.  
  3606. 783
  3607. 00:40:38,602 --> 00:40:44,150
  3608. Billy wanted the engineers to set up
  3609. payment through this RFID bracelet.
  3610.  
  3611. 784
  3612. 00:40:44,233 --> 00:40:48,654
  3613. We all said that was insane based
  3614. on the wireless communication issues.
  3615.  
  3616. 785
  3617. 00:40:48,737 --> 00:40:50,739
  3618. I mean, this was never tested out.
  3619.  
  3620. 786
  3621. 00:40:50,865 --> 00:40:53,993
  3622. The urgency wasn't,
  3623. "Let's make this a cashless experience
  3624.  
  3625. 787
  3626. 00:40:54,076 --> 00:40:55,911
  3627. for our festival attendees."
  3628.  
  3629. 788
  3630. 00:40:55,995 --> 00:40:58,998
  3631. It was, "We can't put on the Fyre Festival
  3632. because we don't have any money."
  3633.  
  3634. 789
  3635. 00:41:00,291 --> 00:41:03,252
  3636. I received a call from a woman
  3637.  
  3638. 790
  3639. 00:41:03,377 --> 00:41:06,547
  3640. asking me, I would say, very aggressively
  3641.  
  3642. 791
  3643. 00:41:06,630 --> 00:41:09,592
  3644. to put money on my wristband.
  3645.  
  3646. 792
  3647. 00:41:09,675 --> 00:41:13,554
  3648. They wanted you to buy jet ski things,
  3649. a private plane.
  3650.  
  3651. 793
  3652. 00:41:14,221 --> 00:41:16,140
  3653. It was a staggering amount
  3654. of money.
  3655.  
  3656. 794
  3657. 00:41:16,223 --> 00:41:18,100
  3658. The first batch of kids had loaded...
  3659.  
  3660. 795
  3661. 00:41:19,852 --> 00:41:23,189
  3662. $800,000 on these wristbands.
  3663.  
  3664. 796
  3665. 00:41:23,272 --> 00:41:25,232
  3666. You know, you've spent all this
  3667. money on a ticket,
  3668.  
  3669. 797
  3670. 00:41:25,316 --> 00:41:28,194
  3671. and now the same amount of money
  3672. on the wristband, it seemed...
  3673.  
  3674. 798
  3675. 00:41:28,277 --> 00:41:29,278
  3676. sort of peculiar.
  3677.  
  3678. 799
  3679. 00:41:32,156 --> 00:41:35,868
  3680. So now we're down to probably ten
  3681. days left to the festival at this point.
  3682.  
  3683. 800
  3684. 00:41:36,202 --> 00:41:40,915
  3685. They didn't have enough tents
  3686. and 350 people would have nowhere to stay
  3687.  
  3688. 801
  3689. 00:41:40,998 --> 00:41:43,959
  3690. and by the way, houses that we sourced
  3691. weren't getting paid.
  3692.  
  3693. 802
  3694. 00:41:46,212 --> 00:41:49,298
  3695. So this was now becoming clear
  3696. that there wasn't any money.
  3697.  
  3698. 803
  3699. 00:41:49,590 --> 00:41:52,635
  3700. Because homeowners were like,
  3701. "You sent me a wire...
  3702.  
  3703. 804
  3704. 00:41:53,010 --> 00:41:55,387
  3705. five days ago
  3706. and I haven't received any funds."
  3707.  
  3708. 805
  3709. 00:41:55,596 --> 00:41:58,557
  3710. I had an explicit phone call
  3711. from one of the management team
  3712.  
  3713. 806
  3714. 00:41:58,641 --> 00:42:01,352
  3715. to stop telling Carola
  3716. about the housing situation,
  3717.  
  3718. 807
  3719. 00:42:01,435 --> 00:42:03,562
  3720. because they were trying to get
  3721. more money from her...
  3722.  
  3723. 808
  3724. 00:42:04,104 --> 00:42:06,106
  3725. and that my emails were alarming her...
  3726.  
  3727. 809
  3728. 00:42:06,482 --> 00:42:09,151
  3729. and they outright told me to be dishonest.
  3730.  
  3731. 810
  3732. 00:42:10,569 --> 00:42:13,781
  3733. And you have to realize I got paid 30%
  3734. of my fee, so they're hanging--
  3735.  
  3736. 811
  3737. 00:42:13,864 --> 00:42:15,866
  3738. My fee's not due
  3739. until the day of the event,
  3740.  
  3741. 812
  3742. 00:42:15,950 --> 00:42:19,119
  3743. so they're hanging 70% of my fee
  3744. over my head like a carrot.
  3745.  
  3746. 813
  3747. 00:42:20,329 --> 00:42:22,623
  3748. Every day,
  3749. something else would happen.
  3750.  
  3751. 814
  3752. 00:42:22,706 --> 00:42:24,792
  3753. Every hour, something else would happen.
  3754.  
  3755. 815
  3756. 00:42:25,376 --> 00:42:27,127
  3757. Every minute, there'd be another obstacle.
  3758.  
  3759. 816
  3760. 00:42:27,836 --> 00:42:29,505
  3761. We had a $6 million  contract
  3762.  
  3763. 817
  3764. 00:42:29,588 --> 00:42:31,674
  3765. with Star Catering
  3766. to handle all the food service
  3767.  
  3768. 818
  3769. 00:42:31,757 --> 00:42:34,301
  3770. and we only had $1 million allocated.
  3771.  
  3772. 819
  3773. 00:42:34,385 --> 00:42:36,178
  3774. And Billy fired them over the phone.
  3775.  
  3776. 820
  3777. 00:42:36,262 --> 00:42:39,306
  3778. And then he hung up the phone.
  3779. I stood there and he said...
  3780.  
  3781. 821
  3782. 00:42:40,266 --> 00:42:41,559
  3783. "Can you salvage this?"
  3784.  
  3785. 822
  3786. 00:42:41,642 --> 00:42:44,395
  3787. And I said, "Oh, my gosh,
  3788. I have two weeks to come up...
  3789.  
  3790. 823
  3791. 00:42:44,728 --> 00:42:48,566
  3792. with food service for 6,000 kids?
  3793. This is going to be fascinating."
  3794.  
  3795. 824
  3796. 00:42:50,025 --> 00:42:51,527
  3797. Grant, who was on the call,
  3798.  
  3799. 825
  3800. 00:42:51,610 --> 00:42:53,737
  3801. pulled out the proposal
  3802. from Star and said,
  3803.  
  3804. 826
  3805. 00:42:53,821 --> 00:42:56,574
  3806. "I told them I wanted
  3807. sushi chefs coming in,"
  3808.  
  3809. 827
  3810. 00:42:56,657 --> 00:42:59,743
  3811. and, "I needed to see Indian cuisine,"
  3812.  
  3813. 828
  3814. 00:42:59,827 --> 00:43:03,247
  3815. and I thought, "Gosh, Grant,
  3816. you've missed the boat here."
  3817.  
  3818. 829
  3819. 00:43:03,497 --> 00:43:06,500
  3820. We are not spending $6 million,
  3821. we can only spend $1 million
  3822.  
  3823. 830
  3824. 00:43:06,584 --> 00:43:08,669
  3825. and I'm eliminating all of that."
  3826.  
  3827. 831
  3828. 00:43:11,880 --> 00:43:13,299
  3829. At this point in time,
  3830.  
  3831. 832
  3832. 00:43:13,382 --> 00:43:16,051
  3833. there had been no progress pictures,
  3834. no updated videos.
  3835.  
  3836. 833
  3837. 00:43:16,760 --> 00:43:19,471
  3838. They were using the same footage
  3839. and photographs
  3840.  
  3841. 834
  3842. 00:43:19,805 --> 00:43:21,849
  3843. from that first promotional video
  3844.  
  3845. 835
  3846. 00:43:21,932 --> 00:43:25,102
  3847. in all of the subsequent
  3848. promotional content.
  3849.  
  3850. 836
  3851. 00:43:25,269 --> 00:43:27,313
  3852. The media and marketing companies
  3853. in New York,
  3854.  
  3855. 837
  3856. 00:43:27,396 --> 00:43:31,275
  3857. we didn't have any visibility into what
  3858. was happening on the production side.
  3859.  
  3860. 838
  3861. 00:43:31,859 --> 00:43:36,822
  3862. We're building out this vision that was
  3863. based around this kind of visual facade.
  3864.  
  3865. 839
  3866. 00:43:37,740 --> 00:43:41,577
  3867. We noticed quite quickly that
  3868. all of the original sketches of the rooms
  3869.  
  3870. 840
  3871. 00:43:41,660 --> 00:43:44,079
  3872. that we had signed up for
  3873. got taken off the page.
  3874.  
  3875. 841
  3876. 00:43:44,413 --> 00:43:48,250
  3877. That was sort of when we started
  3878. trying to dig a little bit more and see,
  3879.  
  3880. 842
  3881. 00:43:48,792 --> 00:43:51,420
  3882. "Oh, can you send us pictures
  3883. of the accommodations?"
  3884.  
  3885. 843
  3886. 00:43:51,712 --> 00:43:55,758
  3887. You had people asking
  3888. very legitimate questions on Instagram.
  3889.  
  3890. 844
  3891. 00:43:56,342 --> 00:43:59,762
  3892. They were trying to book flights,
  3893. trying to understand logistics.
  3894.  
  3895. 845
  3896. 00:44:00,638 --> 00:44:03,557
  3897. We just started getting bombarded
  3898. with all these questions.
  3899.  
  3900. 846
  3901. 00:44:04,558 --> 00:44:07,102
  3902. Grant was trying to use our employees
  3903. for customer service,
  3904.  
  3905. 847
  3906. 00:44:07,186 --> 00:44:09,355
  3907. but that wasn't what we were hired to do.
  3908.  
  3909. 848
  3910. 00:44:09,980 --> 00:44:12,983
  3911. The only thing we could do
  3912. was to just keep telling people,
  3913.  
  3914. 849
  3915. 00:44:13,359 --> 00:44:16,654
  3916. "Email concierge@fyre.com."
  3917.  
  3918. 850
  3919. 00:44:16,862 --> 00:44:19,073
  3920. And then we would get
  3921. another request saying,
  3922.  
  3923. 851
  3924. 00:44:19,156 --> 00:44:20,908
  3925. "concierge@fyre.com didn't respond."
  3926.  
  3927. 852
  3928. 00:44:22,368 --> 00:44:25,204
  3929. The unanswered questions
  3930. turned to people criticizing...
  3931.  
  3932. 853
  3933. 00:44:25,663 --> 00:44:27,331
  3934. It was very annoying.
  3935.  
  3936. 854
  3937. 00:44:27,498 --> 00:44:29,375
  3938. I was like,
  3939. "This is terrible customer service.
  3940.  
  3941. 855
  3942. 00:44:29,458 --> 00:44:33,045
  3943. They need to know better.
  3944. They're throwing this luxury festival..."
  3945.  
  3946. 856
  3947. 00:44:33,629 --> 00:44:36,090
  3948. And then you'd have Grant
  3949. reaching outand saying,
  3950.  
  3951. 857
  3952. 00:44:36,173 --> 00:44:37,675
  3953. "These comments are killing us.
  3954.  
  3955. 858
  3956. 00:44:37,758 --> 00:44:40,260
  3957. What do we do about all the people
  3958. that are talking shit?"
  3959.  
  3960. 859
  3961. 00:44:41,220 --> 00:44:45,349
  3962. The decision was to screenshot
  3963. all of the legitimate questions
  3964.  
  3965. 860
  3966. 00:44:45,432 --> 00:44:47,434
  3967. and forward that over to the Fyre team
  3968.  
  3969. 861
  3970. 00:44:47,768 --> 00:44:50,270
  3971. and then delete
  3972. all of the negative comments
  3973.  
  3974. 862
  3975. 00:44:50,354 --> 00:44:51,980
  3976. that were degrading the brand.
  3977.  
  3978. 863
  3979. 00:44:52,690 --> 00:44:54,692
  3980. I saw them actively deleting comments
  3981.  
  3982. 864
  3983. 00:44:54,942 --> 00:44:57,152
  3984. and then turning comments off entirely
  3985.  
  3986. 865
  3987. 00:44:57,528 --> 00:45:00,406
  3988. so that you wouldn't have
  3989. 3,000 people saying,
  3990.  
  3991. 866
  3992. 00:45:00,489 --> 00:45:04,034
  3993. "Hey, I don't have my flight information.
  3994. Where do I need to go?"
  3995.  
  3996. 867
  3997. 00:45:12,751 --> 00:45:15,754
  3998. So as me and Billy was riding back
  3999. towards the site...
  4000.  
  4001. 868
  4002. 00:45:17,297 --> 00:45:21,051
  4003. You know, he was like....
  4004. Kinda like panicky look, you know?
  4005.  
  4006. 869
  4007. 00:45:21,552 --> 00:45:22,428
  4008. So he's like,
  4009.  
  4010. 870
  4011. 00:45:22,886 --> 00:45:26,140
  4012. "What do you think?
  4013. You think we can get this done?
  4014.  
  4015. 871
  4016. 00:45:26,348 --> 00:45:27,725
  4017. I said, "What do you mean?"
  4018.  
  4019. 872
  4020. 00:45:27,808 --> 00:45:30,644
  4021. "You think we can get everything done
  4022. before Thursday?"
  4023.  
  4024. 873
  4025. 00:45:31,395 --> 00:45:32,229
  4026. So...
  4027.  
  4028. 874
  4029. 00:45:32,354 --> 00:45:34,314
  4030. Me saying to myself right there, I say,
  4031.  
  4032. 875
  4033. 00:45:34,773 --> 00:45:37,776
  4034. "You want to lie to him
  4035. or you just want to speak the truth?"
  4036.  
  4037. 876
  4038. 00:45:37,860 --> 00:45:40,821
  4039. 'Cause sometimes the truth
  4040. can come pretty,
  4041.  
  4042. 877
  4043. 00:45:40,904 --> 00:45:43,282
  4044. and then sometimes
  4045. the truth can just come ugly.
  4046.  
  4047. 878
  4048. 00:45:43,449 --> 00:45:44,616
  4049. So, I was like,
  4050.  
  4051. 879
  4052. 00:45:45,784 --> 00:45:48,412
  4053. "Billy, being honest,
  4054. I think we could do it.
  4055.  
  4056. 880
  4057. 00:45:48,495 --> 00:45:51,206
  4058. But we need some more time.
  4059. We need to do some overtime
  4060.  
  4061. 881
  4062. 00:45:51,373 --> 00:45:55,169
  4063. and we need to just push...
  4064. We need to do more hours."
  4065.  
  4066. 882
  4067. 00:45:57,463 --> 00:45:59,590
  4068. Every day we met,
  4069. every day, we would talk about,
  4070.  
  4071. 883
  4072. 00:45:59,673 --> 00:46:02,426
  4073. "Okay, should we pull the plug
  4074. or should we keep this thing going?"
  4075.  
  4076. 884
  4077. 00:46:02,509 --> 00:46:03,927
  4078. And every day, Billy would say,
  4079.  
  4080. 885
  4081. 00:46:04,011 --> 00:46:07,055
  4082. "We can't pull the plug.
  4083. We've got to keep this thing going."
  4084.  
  4085. 886
  4086. 00:46:07,139 --> 00:46:10,934
  4087. "You can't have people come,
  4088. this is not going to work."
  4089.  
  4090. 887
  4091. 00:46:11,018 --> 00:46:13,145
  4092. Verbatim. It was like...
  4093.  
  4094. 888
  4095. 00:46:13,228 --> 00:46:15,105
  4096. "If you want to leave, you can leave.
  4097.  
  4098. 889
  4099. 00:46:15,272 --> 00:46:18,358
  4100. If you're not going to leave,
  4101. we're here to find solutions."
  4102.  
  4103. 890
  4104. 00:46:18,442 --> 00:46:21,570
  4105. And I would step outside,
  4106. right after each meeting,
  4107.  
  4108. 891
  4109. 00:46:21,653 --> 00:46:25,365
  4110. literally go out on the porch
  4111. and burst into tears.
  4112.  
  4113. 892
  4114. 00:46:25,741 --> 00:46:29,828
  4115. Never in my career did I ever do this,
  4116. but there I would be, thinking,
  4117.  
  4118. 893
  4119. 00:46:29,912 --> 00:46:30,996
  4120. "Holy shit."
  4121.  
  4122. 894
  4123. 00:46:32,164 --> 00:46:33,165
  4124. So I sent an email.
  4125.  
  4126. 895
  4127. 00:46:33,665 --> 00:46:35,334
  4128. "Guys, we're running out of time.
  4129.  
  4130. 896
  4131. 00:46:35,417 --> 00:46:39,129
  4132. I've tried to warn you multiple times,
  4133. but my words have fallen on deaf ears.
  4134.  
  4135. 897
  4136. 00:46:39,713 --> 00:46:42,382
  4137. We are one day out
  4138. without enough beds to safely house
  4139.  
  4140. 898
  4141. 00:46:42,466 --> 00:46:45,219
  4142. our staff, our VIP guests
  4143. and our paid customers.
  4144.  
  4145. 899
  4146. 00:46:45,594 --> 00:46:48,388
  4147. You need to cancel more guests,
  4148. immediately."
  4149.  
  4150. 900
  4151. 00:46:48,472 --> 00:46:52,309
  4152. I was basically like, "I know that
  4153. you're worried about press blowback,
  4154.  
  4155. 901
  4156. 00:46:52,601 --> 00:46:56,939
  4157. but imagine a scenario where 350 people
  4158. arrive onto a remote island,
  4159.  
  4160. 902
  4161. 00:46:57,022 --> 00:46:59,066
  4162. are herded onto yellow school buses,
  4163.  
  4164. 903
  4165. 00:46:59,149 --> 00:47:01,318
  4166. brought to a festival site
  4167. that's unfinished
  4168.  
  4169. 904
  4170. 00:47:01,401 --> 00:47:03,278
  4171. and realize they've no place to sleep
  4172.  
  4173. 905
  4174. 00:47:03,529 --> 00:47:06,114
  4175. and to make it worse,
  4176. they have no way to get home,
  4177.  
  4178. 906
  4179. 00:47:06,198 --> 00:47:08,784
  4180. because we don't have any charter flights
  4181. booked back for them.
  4182.  
  4183. 907
  4184. 00:47:08,867 --> 00:47:13,247
  4185. I know you're worried about the press,
  4186. but there's no worse situation than that."
  4187.  
  4188. 908
  4189. 00:47:13,914 --> 00:47:15,040
  4190. And the response?
  4191.  
  4192. 909
  4193. 00:47:15,541 --> 00:47:16,583
  4194. The response was,
  4195.  
  4196. 910
  4197. 00:47:16,750 --> 00:47:19,586
  4198. "At least they'll see
  4199. your smiling face and yoga skills."
  4200.  
  4201. 911
  4202. 00:47:21,338 --> 00:47:23,882
  4203. 'Cause I was supposed to be
  4204. the yoga instructor for the event.
  4205.  
  4206. 912
  4207. 00:47:25,259 --> 00:47:26,260
  4208. Okay.
  4209.  
  4210. 913
  4211. 00:47:26,385 --> 00:47:28,720
  4212. Like, what am I supposed to do?
  4213. You know? Like, I'm...
  4214.  
  4215. 914
  4216. 00:47:30,472 --> 00:47:31,431
  4217. "All right, sure."
  4218.  
  4219. 915
  4220. 00:47:37,312 --> 00:47:39,815
  4221. Billy was under such immense
  4222. financial pressure
  4223.  
  4224. 916
  4225. 00:47:40,190 --> 00:47:42,526
  4226. that he effectively
  4227. had to put this festival on because otherwise he wasn't going
  4228. to be able to repay
  4229.  
  4230. 917
  4231. 00:47:45,028 --> 00:47:48,907
  4232. any<i> </i>of the<i> </i>factor receivables
  4233. that he had raised money from.
  4234.  
  4235. 918
  4236. 00:47:49,575 --> 00:47:52,953
  4237. It's the same thing as an individual
  4238. going to a loan shark.
  4239.  
  4240. 919
  4241. 00:47:53,537 --> 00:47:56,498
  4242. No matter what happened,
  4243. this money was going to be owed.
  4244.  
  4245. 920
  4246. 00:47:57,541 --> 00:48:00,419
  4247. They had told investors
  4248. who had already given money
  4249.  
  4250. 921
  4251. 00:48:00,502 --> 00:48:03,213
  4252. that, in the event of a cancellation,
  4253. that they would be covered
  4254.  
  4255. 922
  4256. 00:48:03,297 --> 00:48:04,548
  4257. when in fact they weren't.
  4258.  
  4259. 923
  4260. 00:48:04,631 --> 00:48:08,552
  4261. And they didn't have festival insurance,
  4262. so canceling really wasn't an option.
  4263.  
  4264. 924
  4265. 00:48:09,928 --> 00:48:11,805
  4266. I mean, this was truly a disaster.
  4267.  
  4268. 925
  4269. 00:48:12,306 --> 00:48:14,099
  4270. And events always feel like a disaster.
  4271.  
  4272. 926
  4273. 00:48:14,182 --> 00:48:17,352
  4274. They always feel like everything's
  4275. going wrong and you're putting out fires.
  4276.  
  4277. 927
  4278. 00:48:18,061 --> 00:48:23,525
  4279. The draw, the appeal was to be part
  4280. of creating something that was special.
  4281.  
  4282. 928
  4283. 00:48:23,609 --> 00:48:29,114
  4284. And that desire overcame my inner wisdom,
  4285. which was like, "This is a mess."
  4286.  
  4287. 929
  4288. 00:48:29,823 --> 00:48:32,701
  4289. The atmosphere that was cultivated there
  4290. was that...
  4291.  
  4292. 930
  4293. 00:48:33,076 --> 00:48:35,662
  4294. nobody, no matter what,
  4295.  
  4296. 931
  4297. 00:48:35,746 --> 00:48:38,290
  4298. was able to cross them
  4299. and tell them, "No."
  4300.  
  4301. 932
  4302. 00:48:38,916 --> 00:48:41,627
  4303. Had we not pulled off
  4304. these kind of crazy things
  4305.  
  4306. 933
  4307. 00:48:41,710 --> 00:48:45,505
  4308. like Andy finding this caterer
  4309. with no time left,
  4310.  
  4311. 934
  4312. 00:48:45,797 --> 00:48:47,341
  4313. then there would've been no festival.
  4314.  
  4315. 935
  4316. 00:48:47,841 --> 00:48:50,260
  4317. It's possible that by solving problems,
  4318.  
  4319. 936
  4320. 00:48:50,344 --> 00:48:55,015
  4321. we were just enabling them
  4322. to continue to create this monster.
  4323.  
  4324. 937
  4325. 00:49:00,437 --> 00:49:03,148
  4326. Did Andy ever tell you
  4327. how he had to get the water out?
  4328.  
  4329. 938
  4330. 00:49:03,690 --> 00:49:04,608
  4331. Oh, yeah.
  4332.  
  4333. 939
  4334. 00:49:05,609 --> 00:49:07,778
  4335. Did Andy tell you
  4336. how they had to get the water out?
  4337.  
  4338. 940
  4339. 00:49:08,320 --> 00:49:09,154
  4340. Yeah.
  4341.  
  4342. 941
  4343. 00:49:09,821 --> 00:49:12,783
  4344. It was, like, fucking crazy.
  4345.  
  4346. 942
  4347. 00:49:13,492 --> 00:49:15,702
  4348. I'm not going to talk about that.
  4349.  
  4350. 943
  4351. 00:49:15,786 --> 00:49:17,621
  4352. Let me tell you something. We had...
  4353.  
  4354. 944
  4355. 00:49:17,704 --> 00:49:19,998
  4356. four containers filled...
  4357.  
  4358. 945
  4359. 00:49:20,082 --> 00:49:24,002
  4360. Four 18-wheeler trucks
  4361. filled with Evian water,
  4362.  
  4363. 946
  4364. 00:49:24,086 --> 00:49:26,213
  4365. but I had left the week before
  4366. for two days to go to meetings in Bermuda
  4367. for the America's Cup.
  4368.  
  4369. 947
  4370. 00:49:28,507 --> 00:49:32,177
  4371. And when I came back,
  4372. I'd missed the big meeting with Customs,
  4373.  
  4374. 948
  4375. 00:49:32,260 --> 00:49:34,596
  4376. and of course Customs
  4377. had said to Billy and the gang,
  4378.  
  4379. 949
  4380. 00:49:34,680 --> 00:49:38,725
  4381. "You need to pay us $175,000 in cash today
  4382.  
  4383. 950
  4384. 00:49:38,809 --> 00:49:40,477
  4385. for us to release the water."
  4386.  
  4387. 951
  4388. 00:49:41,728 --> 00:49:42,729
  4389. I went down.
  4390.  
  4391. 952
  4392. 00:49:42,980 --> 00:49:44,106
  4393. Well, Billy called me.
  4394.  
  4395. 953
  4396. 00:49:44,272 --> 00:49:46,483
  4397. I'm gonna speak completely, you know...
  4398.  
  4399. 954
  4400. 00:49:46,817 --> 00:49:49,069
  4401. This won't go that far, I'm sure, but...
  4402.  
  4403. 955
  4404. 00:49:49,277 --> 00:49:52,614
  4405. Billy called and said, "Andy, we need you
  4406. to take one big thing for the team."
  4407.  
  4408. 956
  4409. 00:49:52,739 --> 00:49:53,740
  4410. And I said...
  4411.  
  4412. 957
  4413. 00:49:54,449 --> 00:49:56,868
  4414. "My gosh, I've been taking something
  4415. for the team every day."
  4416.  
  4417. 958
  4418. 00:49:56,952 --> 00:50:00,872
  4419. He said, "Well,
  4420. you're our wonderful gay leader,
  4421.  
  4422. 959
  4423. 00:50:01,081 --> 00:50:03,709
  4424. and we need you to go down. Will you...
  4425.  
  4426. 960
  4427. 00:50:04,251 --> 00:50:05,085
  4428. suck...
  4429.  
  4430. 961
  4431. 00:50:05,544 --> 00:50:06,503
  4432. dick...
  4433.  
  4434. 962
  4435. 00:50:07,170 --> 00:50:08,922
  4436. to fix this water problem?"
  4437.  
  4438. 963
  4439. 00:50:09,006 --> 00:50:11,925
  4440. And I said, "Billy, what?"
  4441. And he said, "Andy,
  4442.  
  4443. 964
  4444. 00:50:12,009 --> 00:50:14,553
  4445. if you will go down
  4446. and suck Cunningham's dick,
  4447.  
  4448. 965
  4449. 00:50:14,636 --> 00:50:16,388
  4450. who's the head of Customs,
  4451.  
  4452. 966
  4453. 00:50:16,722 --> 00:50:20,517
  4454. and get him to clear
  4455. all of the containers with water,
  4456.  
  4457. 967
  4458. 00:50:20,809 --> 00:50:22,269
  4459. you will save this festival."
  4460.  
  4461. 968
  4462. 00:50:22,352 --> 00:50:26,231
  4463. And I literally drove home, took a shower,
  4464.  
  4465. 969
  4466. 00:50:26,440 --> 00:50:28,775
  4467. I drank some mouthwash.
  4468.  
  4469. 970
  4470. 00:50:28,859 --> 00:50:31,778
  4471. I'm like, "Oh my gosh, I'm really..."
  4472. And I got into my car
  4473.  
  4474. 971
  4475. 00:50:31,903 --> 00:50:34,948
  4476. to drive across the island
  4477. to take one for the team...
  4478.  
  4479. 972
  4480. 00:50:35,323 --> 00:50:39,202
  4481. and I got to his office,
  4482. fully prepared to suck his dick.
  4483.  
  4484. 973
  4485. 00:50:39,953 --> 00:50:42,122
  4486. He couldn't have been nicer.
  4487. He's like, "Andy, listen,
  4488.  
  4489. 974
  4490. 00:50:42,622 --> 00:50:45,459
  4491. I will release all the water,
  4492. I will let you serve it,
  4493.  
  4494. 975
  4495. 00:50:45,625 --> 00:50:48,378
  4496. but I want to be want to be
  4497. one of the first people to be paid
  4498.  
  4499. 976
  4500. 00:50:48,462 --> 00:50:52,549
  4501. this import fee for what you're doing,"
  4502. and I said, "Okay, great."
  4503.  
  4504. 977
  4505. 00:50:52,632 --> 00:50:55,969
  4506. And I got back
  4507. and I had all the water that we needed.
  4508.  
  4509. 978
  4510. 00:50:58,013 --> 00:51:01,099
  4511. Can you imagine,
  4512. in my 30 years of a career,
  4513.  
  4514. 979
  4515. 00:51:01,516 --> 00:51:03,351
  4516. that this is what I was going to do?
  4517.  
  4518. 980
  4519. 00:51:03,435 --> 00:51:06,688
  4520. I was going to do that, honestly,
  4521. to save the festival.
  4522.  
  4523. 981
  4524. 00:51:08,398 --> 00:51:11,276
  4525. Major news in the vlog today.
  4526. Tomorrow morning, 5:30,
  4527.  
  4528. 982
  4529. 00:51:11,359 --> 00:51:14,571
  4530. half of the Jerry Media crew is going
  4531. to Fyre Festival in Bahamas
  4532.  
  4533. 983
  4534. 00:51:14,738 --> 00:51:16,031
  4535. on a remote island.
  4536.  
  4537. 984
  4538. 00:51:16,114 --> 00:51:18,116
  4539. We've been doing their marketing
  4540. for the last couple of months,
  4541.  
  4542. 985
  4543. 00:51:18,200 --> 00:51:19,701
  4544. so excited to see this thing take off.
  4545.  
  4546. 986
  4547. 00:51:19,785 --> 00:51:21,203
  4548. I think it's going to be f... epic.
  4549.  
  4550. 987
  4551. 00:51:22,621 --> 00:51:24,956
  4552. We went down with about four
  4553. of the teammates
  4554.  
  4555. 988
  4556. 00:51:25,040 --> 00:51:27,000
  4557. the day before the festival.
  4558.  
  4559. 989
  4560. 00:51:27,292 --> 00:51:30,295
  4561. Mick, the good news about this plane?
  4562. If we want to leave, just...
  4563.  
  4564. 990
  4565. 00:51:30,670 --> 00:51:32,798
  4566. take the window off and just head out.
  4567.  
  4568. 991
  4569. 00:51:32,881 --> 00:51:34,925
  4570. This is great. This is a great flight.
  4571.  
  4572. 992
  4573. 00:51:35,008 --> 00:51:38,386
  4574. I remember the feeling,
  4575. getting off the plane, we were so excited.
  4576.  
  4577. 993
  4578. 00:51:38,470 --> 00:51:40,180
  4579. "Finally here, this is happening."
  4580.  
  4581. 994
  4582. 00:51:41,765 --> 00:51:43,892
  4583. There's literally no cars on the island.
  4584.  
  4585. 995
  4586. 00:51:43,975 --> 00:51:47,270
  4587. We couldn't rent one.
  4588. They didn't hook us up with one, so...
  4589.  
  4590. 996
  4591. 00:51:47,521 --> 00:51:50,732
  4592. this is us. We're hitch-hiking
  4593. for the next couple of days.
  4594.  
  4595. 997
  4596. 00:51:50,941 --> 00:51:52,526
  4597. I was down there yesterday
  4598.  
  4599. 998
  4600. 00:51:52,818 --> 00:51:56,279
  4601. and I said, "Man, this ain't gonna
  4602. be finished for no Friday."
  4603.  
  4604. 999
  4605. 00:51:56,613 --> 00:51:58,907
  4606. So much work, so much things!
  4607.  
  4608. 1000
  4609. 00:51:59,658 --> 00:52:00,992
  4610. And so little time.
  4611.  
  4612. 1001
  4613. 00:52:01,493 --> 00:52:03,620
  4614. So, none of this was here.
  4615. All this sand is new.
  4616.  
  4617. 1002
  4618. 00:52:03,703 --> 00:52:05,872
  4619. -This was all put down...
  4620. Yeah, I can tell.
  4621.  
  4622. 1003
  4623. 00:52:05,956 --> 00:52:07,457
  4624. ...a few days ago. Can you?
  4625.  
  4626. 1004
  4627. 00:52:09,501 --> 00:52:12,546
  4628. It's all peaking on this last day
  4629. because it's going to happen.
  4630.  
  4631. 1005
  4632. 00:52:12,629 --> 00:52:14,923
  4633. We all know now
  4634. that this is an inevitability,
  4635.  
  4636. 1006
  4637. 00:52:15,006 --> 00:52:17,551
  4638. that this event is going to happen,
  4639. no matter what.
  4640.  
  4641. 1007
  4642. 00:52:18,009 --> 00:52:19,386
  4643. I'm working with this Navy SEAL
  4644.  
  4645. 1008
  4646. 00:52:19,469 --> 00:52:21,471
  4647. who's telling me
  4648. this is like a clusterfuck.
  4649.  
  4650. 1009
  4651. 00:52:21,596 --> 00:52:24,224
  4652. That's what he called it.
  4653. "An elephant of a clusterfuck."
  4654.  
  4655. 1010
  4656. 00:52:24,307 --> 00:52:26,852
  4657. He's laughing and not even laughing,
  4658.  
  4659. 1011
  4660. 00:52:26,935 --> 00:52:31,148
  4661. just disturbed at how fucked up this is
  4662. and...
  4663.  
  4664. 1012
  4665. 00:52:31,731 --> 00:52:34,359
  4666. and he's a Navy SEAL, like, come on!
  4667.  
  4668. 1013
  4669. 00:52:34,442 --> 00:52:37,237
  4670. The last 24 hours were unbelievable.
  4671.  
  4672. 1014
  4673. 00:52:37,320 --> 00:52:39,990
  4674. All I kept thinking about was Woodstock.
  4675.  
  4676. 1015
  4677. 00:52:40,407 --> 00:52:42,200
  4678. Think of that music festival.
  4679.  
  4680. 1016
  4681. 00:52:42,284 --> 00:52:45,412
  4682. Does anybody talk about the hundreds
  4683. and hundreds of cars
  4684.  
  4685. 1017
  4686. 00:52:45,495 --> 00:52:47,706
  4687. that were stuck on the thruway for days?
  4688.  
  4689. 1018
  4690. 00:52:47,956 --> 00:52:50,041
  4691. Does anybody talk about the mudslides?
  4692.  
  4693. 1019
  4694. 00:52:50,625 --> 00:52:54,713
  4695. How many people died of drug overdoses?
  4696. Does anybody talk about the lack of food?
  4697.  
  4698. 1020
  4699. 00:52:54,796 --> 00:52:55,797
  4700. Almost no water.
  4701.  
  4702. 1021
  4703. 00:52:55,881 --> 00:52:58,383
  4704. Absolutely not.
  4705. And I thought, "You know what?
  4706.  
  4707. 1022
  4708. 00:52:58,466 --> 00:53:02,888
  4709. If Woodstock could get through that
  4710. and, from a publicity perspective,
  4711.  
  4712. 1023
  4713. 00:53:03,388 --> 00:53:04,848
  4714. land where it did,
  4715.  
  4716. 1024
  4717. 00:53:05,265 --> 00:53:06,641
  4718. FyreFestival can make it."
  4719.  
  4720. 1025
  4721. 00:53:07,642 --> 00:53:09,811
  4722. Well, actually we didn't sleep that night.
  4723.  
  4724. 1026
  4725. 00:53:09,895 --> 00:53:13,064
  4726. 'cause I remember exactly
  4727. what happened, so...
  4728.  
  4729. 1027
  4730. 00:53:13,148 --> 00:53:16,735
  4731. we're standing outside
  4732. on the porch of this mansion,
  4733.  
  4734. 1028
  4735. 00:53:16,860 --> 00:53:19,779
  4736. looking out at the ocean
  4737. and it's a full moon or something
  4738.  
  4739. 1029
  4740. 00:53:20,238 --> 00:53:21,364
  4741. and it starts...
  4742.  
  4743. 1030
  4744. 00:53:21,448 --> 00:53:23,158
  4745. pouring rain.
  4746.  
  4747. 1031
  4748. 00:53:24,451 --> 00:53:25,535
  4749. Pouring rain.
  4750.  
  4751. 1032
  4752. 00:53:26,411 --> 00:53:27,537
  4753. Thunder and lightning.
  4754.  
  4755. 1033
  4756. 00:53:28,705 --> 00:53:30,290
  4757. And we just start laughing.
  4758.  
  4759. 1034
  4760. 00:53:31,166 --> 00:53:33,210
  4761. Like, belly laughs...
  4762.  
  4763. 1035
  4764. 00:53:34,753 --> 00:53:37,005
  4765. and look at each other and...
  4766.  
  4767. 1036
  4768. 00:53:37,589 --> 00:53:39,174
  4769. To this point, I'm so delirious
  4770.  
  4771. 1037
  4772. 00:53:39,257 --> 00:53:42,886
  4773. that I still am not sure
  4774. that this is 100% entirely true,
  4775.  
  4776. 1038
  4777. 00:53:42,969 --> 00:53:45,096
  4778. but I remember one of our group saying, "At least they won't
  4779. get away with it now."
  4780.  
  4781. 1039
  4782. 00:53:47,766 --> 00:53:50,477
  4783. I honestly remember that
  4784. and I don't know that that's--
  4785.  
  4786. 1040
  4787. 00:53:50,727 --> 00:53:52,103
  4788. But that's what I remember.
  4789.  
  4790. 1041
  4791. 00:53:53,146 --> 00:53:55,565
  4792. So you have to realize
  4793. the site's unfinished.
  4794.  
  4795. 1042
  4796. 00:53:55,815 --> 00:53:59,361
  4797. There's mattresses
  4798. all over the place getting soaked.
  4799.  
  4800. 1043
  4801. 00:53:59,903 --> 00:54:02,781
  4802. Any tent that was done is now unlivable.
  4803.  
  4804. 1044
  4805. 00:54:03,156 --> 00:54:04,783
  4806. And the guests are still coming.
  4807.  
  4808. 1045
  4809. 00:54:05,200 --> 00:54:06,826
  4810. And we have nowhere to put them.
  4811.  
  4812. 1046
  4813. 00:54:07,035 --> 00:54:09,287
  4814. The rainstorm that morning
  4815. killed us.
  4816.  
  4817. 1047
  4818. 00:54:09,829 --> 00:54:13,083
  4819. Because I know the work
  4820. we had done that morning and...
  4821.  
  4822. 1048
  4823. 00:54:14,084 --> 00:54:15,252
  4824. I could have cried.
  4825.  
  4826. 1049
  4827. 00:54:16,336 --> 00:54:17,587
  4828. I think I did.
  4829.  
  4830. 1050
  4831. 00:54:18,421 --> 00:54:21,424
  4832. The other funny thing that happened
  4833. was we were laughing and we were like,
  4834.  
  4835. 1051
  4836. 00:54:21,508 --> 00:54:23,718
  4837. "Well at least
  4838. nothing is on time in the Bahamas.
  4839.  
  4840. 1052
  4841. 00:54:23,802 --> 00:54:25,679
  4842. At least this rain...
  4843. The guests will be late."
  4844.  
  4845. 1053
  4846. 00:54:25,762 --> 00:54:29,140
  4847. They were supposed to come at 6:50,
  4848. the first flight got there at 6:20.
  4849.  
  4850. 1054
  4851. 00:54:29,224 --> 00:54:30,433
  4852. It was like a sick joke.
  4853.  
  4854. 1055
  4855. 00:54:31,893 --> 00:54:32,894
  4856. So...
  4857.  
  4858. 1056
  4859. 00:54:33,645 --> 00:54:36,314
  4860. So...
  4861.  
  4862. 1057
  4863. 00:54:39,901 --> 00:54:41,486
  4864. Fyre Festival, baby. Here we go.
  4865.  
  4866. 1058
  4867. 00:54:42,988 --> 00:54:44,781
  4868. About to go to...
  4869.  
  4870. 1059
  4871. 00:54:45,573 --> 00:54:46,533
  4872. Miami.
  4873.  
  4874. 1060
  4875. 00:54:46,616 --> 00:54:49,828
  4876. Miami for, like, four hours.
  4877. And then where are we going?
  4878.  
  4879. 1061
  4880. 00:54:50,120 --> 00:54:52,163
  4881. -Bahamas.
  4882. -Bahamas.
  4883.  
  4884. 1062
  4885. 00:54:52,247 --> 00:54:53,540
  4886. Check out my ice, baby.
  4887.  
  4888. 1063
  4889. 00:54:54,124 --> 00:54:56,835
  4890. Bahamas. We're coming for you, baby.
  4891.  
  4892. 1064
  4893. 00:54:57,502 --> 00:55:00,714
  4894. We are here in the... "private jet."
  4895.  
  4896. 1065
  4897. 00:55:01,089 --> 00:55:03,300
  4898. We thought we were going to get
  4899. on one of those propeller planes,
  4900.  
  4901. 1066
  4902. 00:55:03,383 --> 00:55:04,718
  4903. like a tiny little propeller plane
  4904.  
  4905. 1067
  4906. 00:55:05,176 --> 00:55:07,095
  4907. that was in all of the video footage.
  4908.  
  4909. 1068
  4910. 00:55:07,178 --> 00:55:11,433
  4911. I didn't realize what plane we were going
  4912. to be on until we were boarded.
  4913.  
  4914. 1069
  4915. 00:55:11,516 --> 00:55:13,101
  4916. And, I mean, it was like a 737.
  4917.  
  4918. 1070
  4919. 00:55:13,184 --> 00:55:17,439
  4920. My understanding, it was supposed to be
  4921. this "branded jet experience,"
  4922.  
  4923. 1071
  4924. 00:55:17,522 --> 00:55:19,024
  4925. which I think was a...
  4926.  
  4927. 1072
  4928. 00:55:19,232 --> 00:55:21,860
  4929. I don't know where they got it from.
  4930. It was just...
  4931.  
  4932. 1073
  4933. 00:55:22,193 --> 00:55:25,322
  4934. "Oh, let's slap a logo on it
  4935. and call it a day" type of thing.
  4936.  
  4937. 1074
  4938. 00:55:25,822 --> 00:55:28,408
  4939. It's actually worse than, like, really...
  4940.  
  4941. 1075
  4942. 00:55:28,491 --> 00:55:31,661
  4943. Like being low economy class.
  4944.  
  4945. 1076
  4946. 00:55:31,745 --> 00:55:34,080
  4947. <i> It was about 4:30</i>
  4948. <i>when we're getting on the plane,</i>
  4949.  
  4950. 1077
  4951. 00:55:34,164 --> 00:55:36,624
  4952. <i>and that's when my friend</i>
  4953. <i>looked at his phone and said,</i>
  4954.  
  4955. 1078
  4956. 00:55:36,708 --> 00:55:38,752
  4957. <i>"Blink-182 just pulled out.</i>
  4958.  
  4959. 1079
  4960. 00:55:38,835 --> 00:55:41,129
  4961. <i>Do you still want to get on the plane?"</i>
  4962.  
  4963. 1080
  4964. 00:55:41,212 --> 00:55:43,298
  4965. <i>And their reasoning wasn't anything like,</i>
  4966.  
  4967. 1081
  4968. 00:55:43,590 --> 00:55:45,258
  4969. <i>"Don't go, it's a disaster."</i>
  4970.  
  4971. 1082
  4972. 00:55:45,342 --> 00:55:47,719
  4973. <i>It was just like, "We don't think</i>
  4974. <i>we can put on the show</i>
  4975.  
  4976. 1083
  4977. 00:55:47,802 --> 00:55:49,512
  4978. <i>that our fans would deserve."</i>
  4979.  
  4980. 1084
  4981. 00:55:49,596 --> 00:55:52,640
  4982. <i>I've never been to a Blink-182 concert</i>
  4983. <i>so I don't even know what that means.</i>
  4984.  
  4985. 1085
  4986. 00:55:52,724 --> 00:55:55,268
  4987. <i>So we were like, "It will be fine."</i>
  4988.  
  4989. 1086
  4990. 00:56:00,148 --> 00:56:03,651
  4991. We all got off
  4992. and landed on this beautiful island.
  4993.  
  4994. 1087
  4995. 00:56:03,735 --> 00:56:05,236
  4996. Still, nothing seemed amiss.
  4997.  
  4998. 1088
  4999. 00:56:05,320 --> 00:56:07,280
  5000. I do remember being presented a choice.
  5001.  
  5002. 1089
  5003. 00:56:07,364 --> 00:56:10,867
  5004. "Do you want to go to the campsite
  5005. or do you want to go to this restaurant,
  5006.  
  5007. 1090
  5008. 00:56:10,950 --> 00:56:11,993
  5009. this beachside restaurant?"
  5010.  
  5011. 1091
  5012. 00:56:12,077 --> 00:56:14,996
  5013. An executive decision was made,
  5014. I don't know by who,
  5015.  
  5016. 1092
  5017. 00:56:15,080 --> 00:56:17,665
  5018. but it was to essentially close down
  5019. the campsite
  5020.  
  5021. 1093
  5022. 00:56:17,749 --> 00:56:20,752
  5023. and to reroute all of the new attendees
  5024.  
  5025. 1094
  5026. 00:56:20,835 --> 00:56:21,961
  5027. to a separate bar.
  5028.  
  5029. 1095
  5030. 00:56:22,420 --> 00:56:26,966
  5031. It was never planned. I knew of it,
  5032. like, maybe 25 minutes
  5033.  
  5034. 1096
  5035. 00:56:27,050 --> 00:56:29,094
  5036. to them coming down to the restaurant.
  5037.  
  5038. 1097
  5039. 00:56:29,469 --> 00:56:32,889
  5040. Tons of buses,
  5041. bussing in hundreds of their guests.
  5042.  
  5043. 1098
  5044. 00:56:32,972 --> 00:56:35,683
  5045. And they were asking,
  5046. "Is this the Fyre Festival?"
  5047.  
  5048. 1099
  5049. 00:56:35,934 --> 00:56:38,520
  5050. They all thought
  5051. that they were at the first step
  5052.  
  5053. 1100
  5054. 00:56:38,603 --> 00:56:40,980
  5055. of what was going to be
  5056. a very exciting experience.
  5057.  
  5058. 1101
  5059. 00:56:41,272 --> 00:56:44,109
  5060. It's on this, like, beautiful beach.
  5061.  
  5062. 1102
  5063. 00:56:44,192 --> 00:56:45,735
  5064. A dock goes all the way out,
  5065.  
  5066. 1103
  5067. 00:56:45,819 --> 00:56:47,987
  5068. people are just dangling their legs,
  5069. having tequila.
  5070.  
  5071. 1104
  5072. 00:56:48,071 --> 00:56:51,491
  5073. I'm looking around and I'm like,
  5074. "This is the greatest decoy of all time."
  5075.  
  5076. 1105
  5077. 00:56:51,574 --> 00:56:54,327
  5078. The music playing,
  5079. and the guests was just cheering on.
  5080.  
  5081. 1106
  5082. 00:56:54,411 --> 00:56:56,621
  5083. They were dancing and having a good time.
  5084.  
  5085. 1107
  5086. 00:56:56,871 --> 00:57:00,125
  5087. <i>There was a lot of smiles and a lot</i>
  5088. <i>of happiness over at this other bar.</i>
  5089.  
  5090. 1108
  5091. 00:57:00,208 --> 00:57:03,503
  5092. <i>Quite frankly, it was probably</i>
  5093. <i>the best part of the entire experience.</i>
  5094.  
  5095. 1109
  5096. 00:57:03,586 --> 00:57:06,297
  5097. <i>What was happening on the campgrounds</i>
  5098. <i>was the exact opposite.</i>
  5099.  
  5100. 1110
  5101. 00:57:06,673 --> 00:57:09,467
  5102. Oh, my God.
  5103.  
  5104. 1111
  5105. 00:57:10,343 --> 00:57:12,262
  5106. They're soaking wet!
  5107.  
  5108. 1112
  5109. 00:57:12,637 --> 00:57:16,141
  5110. The tents are soaked,
  5111. mud is sliding on the carpets.
  5112.  
  5113. 1113
  5114. 00:57:16,224 --> 00:57:20,270
  5115. What was already this kind of
  5116. very loosely put together festival,
  5117.  
  5118. 1114
  5119. 00:57:20,353 --> 00:57:22,605
  5120. which was over-advertised,
  5121.  
  5122. 1115
  5123. 00:57:22,689 --> 00:57:25,817
  5124. has now devolved
  5125. into something much worse.
  5126.  
  5127. 1116
  5128. 00:57:25,900 --> 00:57:28,486
  5129. We didn't have enough drivers,
  5130. we didn't have enough houses,
  5131.  
  5132. 1117
  5133. 00:57:28,570 --> 00:57:31,114
  5134. we didn't have enough beds,
  5135. we didn't have enough site,
  5136.  
  5137. 1118
  5138. 00:57:31,197 --> 00:57:32,407
  5139. we didn't have enough staff.
  5140.  
  5141. 1119
  5142. 00:57:32,490 --> 00:57:35,034
  5143. It was just... We were overwhelmed.
  5144.  
  5145. 1120
  5146. 00:57:35,118 --> 00:57:37,120
  5147. So I'm getting phone calls.
  5148. I'm trying to charge my phone,
  5149.  
  5150. 1121
  5151. 00:57:37,203 --> 00:57:40,165
  5152. and the calls are to get me
  5153. to the blue production house.
  5154.  
  5155. 1122
  5156. 00:57:40,248 --> 00:57:43,918
  5157. So I get there and it's mayhem.
  5158. People are scrambling everywhere.
  5159.  
  5160. 1123
  5161. 00:57:44,002 --> 00:57:45,712
  5162. They're still outside
  5163. trying to build stuff.
  5164.  
  5165. 1124
  5166. 00:57:45,795 --> 00:57:47,714
  5167. Grant was like,
  5168. "You got the paper bags?"
  5169.  
  5170. 1125
  5171. 00:57:47,797 --> 00:57:50,592
  5172. Because he's like
  5173. hyperventilating in the bedroom.
  5174.  
  5175. 1126
  5176. 00:57:50,800 --> 00:57:53,011
  5177. People are crying
  5178. and it's all these emotions.
  5179.  
  5180. 1127
  5181. 00:57:53,094 --> 00:57:54,929
  5182. I was like, "Okay, get your shit done."
  5183.  
  5184. 1128
  5185. 00:57:55,013 --> 00:57:56,806
  5186. I'm literally getting now
  5187. physically pulled
  5188.  
  5189. 1129
  5190. 00:57:56,890 --> 00:57:58,558
  5191. in different directions by the assistants.
  5192.  
  5193. 1130
  5194. 00:57:58,641 --> 00:58:00,685
  5195. "Marc, this person arrived,
  5196. that person arrived.
  5197.  
  5198. 1131
  5199. 00:58:00,768 --> 00:58:02,103
  5200. We need to find them houses."
  5201.  
  5202. 1132
  5203. 00:58:02,187 --> 00:58:03,771
  5204. I thought something was wrong
  5205.  
  5206. 1133
  5207. 00:58:03,855 --> 00:58:06,941
  5208. after they held us on the beach
  5209. for six hours.
  5210.  
  5211. 1134
  5212. 00:58:07,025 --> 00:58:08,860
  5213. Kinda funneling tequila down our throats.
  5214.  
  5215. 1135
  5216. 00:58:12,155 --> 00:58:13,406
  5217. They started asking,
  5218.  
  5219. 1136
  5220. 00:58:13,490 --> 00:58:15,992
  5221. "Where can I go"
  5222.  
  5223. 1137
  5224. 00:58:16,075 --> 00:58:18,578
  5225. "How are we getting to the campsite?
  5226. Where is the campsite?
  5227.  
  5228. 1138
  5229. 00:58:18,661 --> 00:58:19,662
  5230. Where's my luggage?"
  5231.  
  5232. 1139
  5233. 00:58:19,746 --> 00:58:20,705
  5234. And I was like,
  5235.  
  5236. 1140
  5237. 00:58:21,539 --> 00:58:23,124
  5238. "What do I tell them?"
  5239.  
  5240. 1141
  5241. 00:58:23,208 --> 00:58:26,044
  5242. You know, Billy would be in the room
  5243. and he'd be kind of the CEO,
  5244.  
  5245. 1142
  5246. 00:58:26,961 --> 00:58:27,879
  5247. calling the shots.
  5248.  
  5249. 1143
  5250. 00:58:27,962 --> 00:58:31,007
  5251. Every now and then, he would walk out,
  5252. go get on his four-wheeler,
  5253.  
  5254. 1144
  5255. 00:58:31,341 --> 00:58:33,801
  5256. and just ride really fast
  5257. in, like, one direction.
  5258.  
  5259. 1145
  5260. 00:58:33,885 --> 00:58:35,220
  5261. Just take off.
  5262.  
  5263. 1146
  5264. 00:58:35,303 --> 00:58:38,806
  5265. And then he would come right back
  5266. and walk back in without, you know,
  5267.  
  5268. 1147
  5269. 00:58:38,890 --> 00:58:42,560
  5270. a lot to talk about, but you could see
  5271. he just had like bottled up energy.
  5272.  
  5273. 1148
  5274. 00:58:42,810 --> 00:58:44,646
  5275. It's time to let people in
  5276.  
  5277. 1149
  5278. 00:58:44,729 --> 00:58:46,606
  5279. and kind of see how it unfolds.
  5280.  
  5281. 1150
  5282. 00:58:53,488 --> 00:58:56,658
  5283. There was no one
  5284. from Fyre Festival on the bus.
  5285.  
  5286. 1151
  5287. 00:58:56,741 --> 00:58:59,619
  5288. The bus driver just knew where to go,
  5289. and he's telling us,
  5290.  
  5291. 1152
  5292. 00:58:59,702 --> 00:59:03,998
  5293. "Oh, yeah, they didn't start construction
  5294. on any of this until maybe a month ago."
  5295.  
  5296. 1153
  5297. 00:59:04,082 --> 00:59:08,169
  5298. Or, "Oh, yeah,
  5299. you're really in for something.
  5300.  
  5301. 1154
  5302. 00:59:08,253 --> 00:59:11,798
  5303. Just wait until you see
  5304. what you're getting yourselves into."
  5305.  
  5306. 1155
  5307. 00:59:11,881 --> 00:59:15,593
  5308. Which is a very concerning thing to hear
  5309. when you're on a bus
  5310.  
  5311. 1156
  5312. 00:59:15,677 --> 00:59:18,137
  5313. to you have no idea where
  5314.  
  5315. 1157
  5316. 00:59:18,221 --> 00:59:20,723
  5317. after taking a plane
  5318. to God knows what island
  5319.  
  5320. 1158
  5321. 00:59:20,807 --> 00:59:22,559
  5322. with who knows what people.
  5323.  
  5324. 1159
  5325. 00:59:22,642 --> 00:59:23,518
  5326. <i>No!</i>
  5327.  
  5328. 1160
  5329. 00:59:26,312 --> 00:59:27,730
  5330. <i>Turn around!</i>
  5331.  
  5332. 1161
  5333. 00:59:27,814 --> 00:59:30,900
  5334. <i>Turn this bus right around!</i>
  5335.  
  5336. 1162
  5337. 00:59:31,234 --> 00:59:36,322
  5338. We see this sea of white little tents.
  5339.  
  5340. 1163
  5341. 00:59:38,241 --> 00:59:40,118
  5342. There was a disbelief on the bus.
  5343.  
  5344. 1164
  5345. 00:59:40,201 --> 00:59:43,496
  5346. A lot of people thought,
  5347. "Maybe we're passing through this area.
  5348.  
  5349. 1165
  5350. 00:59:43,580 --> 00:59:45,331
  5351. Our villas are just on the other side."
  5352.  
  5353. 1166
  5354. 00:59:45,415 --> 00:59:49,961
  5355. And it was the bus driver who said,
  5356. "Oh, no. That's where you're staying."
  5357.  
  5358. 1167
  5359. 00:59:50,044 --> 00:59:52,880
  5360. It was like, "Oh, my God!"
  5361.  
  5362. 1168
  5363. 00:59:52,964 --> 00:59:56,426
  5364. <i>Look at the beds!</i>
  5365. <i>Oh, Jesus!</i>
  5366.  
  5367. 1169
  5368. 00:59:56,509 --> 00:59:59,387
  5369. <i>This festival is never happening again,</i>
  5370. <i>I hope they know that.</i>
  5371.  
  5372. 1170
  5373. 00:59:59,470 --> 01:00:01,556
  5374. <i>They kinda drive us around</i>
  5375. <i>the little lagoon</i>
  5376.  
  5377. 1171
  5378. 01:00:01,639 --> 01:00:04,851
  5379. <i>and we get to that blue house</i>
  5380. <i>that I guess was their headquarters,</i>
  5381.  
  5382. 1172
  5383. 01:00:04,934 --> 01:00:07,145
  5384. <i>and there was just a line</i>
  5385. <i>of hundreds of people.</i>
  5386.  
  5387. 1173
  5388. 01:00:07,228 --> 01:00:09,897
  5389. <i> </i>We have literally been
  5390. standing here for, like, an hour.
  5391.  
  5392. 1174
  5393. 01:00:09,981 --> 01:00:12,108
  5394. <i> We didn't know what</i>
  5395. <i>we were standing in line for,</i>
  5396.  
  5397. 1175
  5398. 01:00:12,191 --> 01:00:13,401
  5399. <i>but we kept standing there,</i>
  5400.  
  5401. 1176
  5402. 01:00:13,484 --> 01:00:16,279
  5403. <i>and some people</i>
  5404. <i>just had bottles of liquor.</i>
  5405.  
  5406. 1177
  5407. 01:00:17,739 --> 01:00:21,117
  5408. Billy came up to me and told me
  5409. to just blast the music.
  5410.  
  5411. 1178
  5412. 01:00:22,410 --> 01:00:24,579
  5413. As loud as I possibly could.
  5414.  
  5415. 1179
  5416. 01:00:24,662 --> 01:00:29,000
  5417. <i>That's one of the most annoying parts.</i>
  5418. <i>You could just hear this pulsating noise.</i>
  5419.  
  5420. 1180
  5421. 01:00:29,083 --> 01:00:31,753
  5422. And, you know, every five minutes
  5423. it would be...
  5424.  
  5425. 1181
  5426. 01:00:31,836 --> 01:00:34,631
  5427. Like, one of the hostesses or one
  5428. of the staff that would come,
  5429.  
  5430. 1182
  5431. 01:00:34,714 --> 01:00:38,426
  5432. "Please, we cannot hear anything
  5433. as we're trying to check in these people."
  5434.  
  5435. 1183
  5436. 01:00:38,509 --> 01:00:40,136
  5437. And so we would lower the music.
  5438.  
  5439. 1184
  5440. 01:00:40,219 --> 01:00:42,597
  5441. After five minutes, Billy would come back.
  5442.  
  5443. 1185
  5444. 01:00:42,680 --> 01:00:44,891
  5445. "Raise the music."
  5446.  
  5447. 1186
  5448. 01:00:45,433 --> 01:00:48,186
  5449. Everyone was, like, arguing, you know?
  5450.  
  5451. 1187
  5452. 01:00:48,269 --> 01:00:51,105
  5453. Everyone was making noise or like,
  5454. "Where I'm gonna stay?
  5455.  
  5456. 1188
  5457. 01:00:51,189 --> 01:00:53,316
  5458. What am I gonna do"
  5459.  
  5460. 1189
  5461. 01:00:53,733 --> 01:00:58,071
  5462. The attendees were looking towards
  5463. anything, anyone for direction.
  5464.  
  5465. 1190
  5466. 01:00:59,405 --> 01:01:00,865
  5467. Guys, stay here.
  5468.  
  5469. 1191
  5470. 01:01:01,783 --> 01:01:04,035
  5471. <i>Billy McFarland</i>
  5472. <i>stood up on a table.</i>
  5473.  
  5474. 1192
  5475. 01:01:04,118 --> 01:01:07,830
  5476. <i>So I just kind of walked up and I said,</i>
  5477. <i>"Where do you go if you have a villa?"</i>
  5478.  
  5479. 1193
  5480. 01:01:07,914 --> 01:01:10,792
  5481. <i>And he said, "Everybody that has a villa,</i>
  5482. <i>just go grab a tent."</i>
  5483.  
  5484. 1194
  5485. 01:01:10,875 --> 01:01:12,585
  5486. <i>And so this whole mass of people...</i> <i>I was like, "It's a free-for-all."</i>
  5487.  
  5488. 1195
  5489. 01:01:14,962 --> 01:01:18,341
  5490. <i> Everybody started sprinting,</i>
  5491. <i>running to their tents, grabbing bags.</i>
  5492.  
  5493. 1196
  5494. 01:01:18,424 --> 01:01:19,342
  5495. <i> We heard this voice,</i>
  5496.  
  5497. 1197
  5498. 01:01:19,425 --> 01:01:21,386
  5499. <i>we heard this rush,</i>
  5500. <i>then we heard the screaming.</i>
  5501.  
  5502. 1198
  5503. 01:01:21,469 --> 01:01:25,390
  5504. <i>We walked out and there was just</i>
  5505. <i>this mass of people going to tents.</i>
  5506.  
  5507. 1199
  5508. 01:01:25,473 --> 01:01:27,934
  5509. It's an absolute circus.
  5510. I don't know what's going on.
  5511.  
  5512. 1200
  5513. 01:01:28,017 --> 01:01:30,561
  5514. I'm not getting off this ship until I know
  5515. what's going on there.
  5516.  
  5517. 1201
  5518. 01:01:30,645 --> 01:01:35,191
  5519. It's 8:36 and people are now
  5520. just getting their luggage.
  5521.  
  5522. 1202
  5523. 01:01:35,358 --> 01:01:37,568
  5524. These are the lockers
  5525. that are just being set up.
  5526.  
  5527. 1203
  5528. 01:01:37,652 --> 01:01:41,489
  5529. They're taking off the plastic
  5530. that are supposed to hold our valuables.
  5531.  
  5532. 1204
  5533. 01:01:41,864 --> 01:01:44,992
  5534. <i> There was no one who planned out</i>
  5535. <i>luggage tags.</i>
  5536.  
  5537. 1205
  5538. 01:01:45,076 --> 01:01:47,412
  5539. <i>They brought out the luggage</i>
  5540. <i>in two big containers.</i>
  5541.  
  5542. 1206
  5543. 01:01:47,495 --> 01:01:50,373
  5544. <i>Like truck containers.</i>
  5545. <i>Eighteen-wheeler containers.</i>
  5546.  
  5547. 1207
  5548. 01:01:50,456 --> 01:01:53,835
  5549. <i>They just said, "Everyone, grab your bag."</i>
  5550. <i>And it was just a frenzy.</i>
  5551.  
  5552. 1208
  5553. 01:01:54,252 --> 01:01:56,254
  5554. Everyone was just looking for,
  5555. you know,
  5556.  
  5557. 1209
  5558. 01:01:56,337 --> 01:01:58,715
  5559. their black bag
  5560. amongst a sea of black bags.
  5561.  
  5562. 1210
  5563. 01:01:58,798 --> 01:02:00,341
  5564. And if they had to climb over you
  5565.  
  5566. 1211
  5567. 01:02:00,425 --> 01:02:03,177
  5568. and stomp over you to get
  5569. their piece of luggage, so be it.
  5570.  
  5571. 1212
  5572. 01:02:03,553 --> 01:02:07,306
  5573. This is an absolute disaster.
  5574.  
  5575. 1213
  5576. 01:02:07,932 --> 01:02:09,809
  5577. Where do you-- Yo!
  5578.  
  5579. 1214
  5580. 01:02:14,063 --> 01:02:16,691
  5581. We do not want to be on the perimeter,
  5582. I promise you.
  5583.  
  5584. 1215
  5585. 01:02:17,108 --> 01:02:18,359
  5586. We didn't want neighbors.
  5587.  
  5588. 1216
  5589. 01:02:18,443 --> 01:02:20,737
  5590. Our strategy from there
  5591. was to kind of ransack
  5592.  
  5593. 1217
  5594. 01:02:20,820 --> 01:02:22,238
  5595. all the tents around us.
  5596.  
  5597. 1218
  5598. 01:02:22,321 --> 01:02:24,615
  5599. Just started poking holes
  5600. and flipping mattresses.
  5601.  
  5602. 1219
  5603. 01:02:24,699 --> 01:02:26,659
  5604. My buddy pissed on a few of the beds.
  5605.  
  5606. 1220
  5607. 01:02:27,452 --> 01:02:28,494
  5608. Shit got crazy.
  5609.  
  5610. 1221
  5611. 01:02:28,578 --> 01:02:31,497
  5612. People was just walking
  5613. with mattresses on top of their head.
  5614.  
  5615. 1222
  5616. 01:02:31,914 --> 01:02:34,250
  5617. Walking from this one around to that one.
  5618.  
  5619. 1223
  5620. 01:02:34,333 --> 01:02:36,502
  5621. It became this
  5622. looting mentality.
  5623.  
  5624. 1224
  5625. 01:02:36,586 --> 01:02:40,298
  5626. One woman had a whole pallet
  5627. of toilet paper.
  5628.  
  5629. 1225
  5630. 01:02:40,381 --> 01:02:44,010
  5631. Somebody else had
  5632. this whole giant box of pillows
  5633.  
  5634. 1226
  5635. 01:02:44,093 --> 01:02:46,512
  5636. that she was lugging back to her tent.
  5637.  
  5638. 1227
  5639. 01:02:46,596 --> 01:02:49,682
  5640. It became very barbaric, in a sense.
  5641.  
  5642. 1228
  5643. 01:03:04,155 --> 01:03:09,202
  5644. <i> Driving around, it was</i>
  5645. <i>the most eerie feeling in the world.</i>
  5646.  
  5647. 1229
  5648. 01:03:09,285 --> 01:03:10,578
  5649. <i>There was no lights.</i>
  5650.  
  5651. 1230
  5652. 01:03:11,287 --> 01:03:13,164
  5653. <i> It looked like a horror scene.</i>
  5654.  
  5655. 1231
  5656. 01:03:13,247 --> 01:03:16,375
  5657. <i>People were scattered throughout</i>
  5658. <i>that area and spent one night.</i>
  5659.  
  5660. 1232
  5661. 01:03:16,459 --> 01:03:18,669
  5662. <i>My guess is most of them</i>
  5663. <i>never went to sleep.</i>
  5664.  
  5665. 1233
  5666. 01:03:19,670 --> 01:03:21,464
  5667. <i> Some woman came in</i>
  5668.  
  5669. 1234
  5670. 01:03:21,547 --> 01:03:24,884
  5671. <i>in a panic at one point</i>
  5672. <i>in the dead of night.</i>
  5673.  
  5674. 1235
  5675. 01:03:24,967 --> 01:03:26,803
  5676. <i>She couldn't find her friend.</i>
  5677.  
  5678. 1236
  5679. 01:03:26,886 --> 01:03:30,181
  5680. <i>She was lost, she seemed</i>
  5681. <i>like she was drunk. I mean...</i>
  5682.  
  5683. 1237
  5684. 01:03:31,849 --> 01:03:34,185
  5685. <i>But there's nothing you can do</i>
  5686. <i>to help a person like that.</i>
  5687.  
  5688. 1238
  5689. 01:03:34,268 --> 01:03:36,354
  5690. <i>You know, I don't know where I am either.</i>
  5691.  
  5692. 1239
  5693. 01:03:36,938 --> 01:03:40,233
  5694. <i>And there was a definite turning point,</i>
  5695. <i>I would say,</i>
  5696.  
  5697. 1240
  5698. 01:03:40,316 --> 01:03:41,776
  5699. <i>when the sun went down,</i>
  5700.  
  5701. 1241
  5702. 01:03:42,151 --> 01:03:43,903
  5703. when the camaraderie was over.
  5704.  
  5705. 1242
  5706. 01:03:44,862 --> 01:03:46,823
  5707. <i>All I know is that,</i>
  5708. <i>by the end of the night,</i>
  5709.  
  5710. 1243
  5711. 01:03:46,906 --> 01:03:48,324
  5712. <i>all of the tents were full.</i>
  5713.  
  5714. 1244
  5715. 01:03:48,407 --> 01:03:51,160
  5716. <i>And this is with one-third of the guests</i>
  5717. <i>we were supposed to have.</i>
  5718.  
  5719. 1245
  5720. 01:03:52,078 --> 01:03:53,788
  5721. <i> I remember just leaving this place</i>
  5722.  
  5723. 1246
  5724. 01:03:53,871 --> 01:03:56,415
  5725. <i>and looking at this image</i>
  5726. <i>of the campground</i>
  5727.  
  5728. 1247
  5729. 01:03:56,582 --> 01:04:00,795
  5730. <i>for the first time</i>
  5731. <i>feeling what an epic failure really is.</i>
  5732.  
  5733. 1248
  5734. 01:04:06,843 --> 01:04:09,178
  5735. So, as I was
  5736. tweeting about the event,
  5737.  
  5738. 1249
  5739. 01:04:09,262 --> 01:04:11,389
  5740. just to be like,
  5741. "This is what's going on."
  5742.  
  5743. 1250
  5744. 01:04:11,472 --> 01:04:14,517
  5745. I mean, "Here's the lockers,
  5746. here's the concierge stand.
  5747.  
  5748. 1251
  5749. 01:04:14,600 --> 01:04:16,477
  5750. This is what Fyre Festival is."
  5751.  
  5752. 1252
  5753. 01:04:17,311 --> 01:04:19,772
  5754. The tweets just started going viral.
  5755.  
  5756. 1253
  5757. 01:04:21,649 --> 01:04:25,194
  5758. It was just kind of the perfect thing
  5759. to consume in real-time.
  5760.  
  5761. 1254
  5762. 01:04:27,905 --> 01:04:30,741
  5763. Then I saw the Twitter post.
  5764.  
  5765. 1255
  5766. 01:04:31,617 --> 01:04:32,827
  5767. The cheese sandwich.
  5768.  
  5769. 1256
  5770. 01:04:34,996 --> 01:04:37,623
  5771. That was when I knew this was done.
  5772.  
  5773. 1257
  5774. 01:04:40,126 --> 01:04:42,295
  5775. I remember <i>The New York Times</i>
  5776. came out with an article
  5777.  
  5778. 1258
  5779. 01:04:42,378 --> 01:04:44,088
  5780. that talked
  5781. about this entire Fyre Festival.
  5782.  
  5783. 1259
  5784. 01:04:44,171 --> 01:04:45,798
  5785. They talked about it
  5786. very matter-of-fact,
  5787.  
  5788. 1260
  5789. 01:04:45,882 --> 01:04:47,174
  5790. from an operational perspective.
  5791.  
  5792. 1261
  5793. 01:04:47,675 --> 01:04:50,803
  5794. What they didn't talk about, which I think
  5795. was something that was missed,
  5796.  
  5797. 1262
  5798. 01:04:50,887 --> 01:04:54,557
  5799. was a couple of powerful models
  5800. posting an orange tile
  5801.  
  5802. 1263
  5803. 01:04:54,640 --> 01:04:57,727
  5804. is what essentially built
  5805. this entire festival,
  5806.  
  5807. 1264
  5808. 01:04:58,060 --> 01:05:01,022
  5809. and then one kid
  5810. with probably 400 followers
  5811.  
  5812. 1265
  5813. 01:05:01,105 --> 01:05:03,441
  5814. posted a picture of cheese on toast
  5815.  
  5816. 1266
  5817. 01:05:03,524 --> 01:05:06,235
  5818. that trended
  5819. and essentially ripped down the festival.
  5820.  
  5821. 1267
  5822. 01:05:06,527 --> 01:05:10,031
  5823. All I know is that people were stoked
  5824. to watch this thing go down.
  5825.  
  5826. 1268
  5827. 01:05:17,079 --> 01:05:19,040
  5828. There definitely was
  5829. kind of like
  5830.  
  5831. 1269
  5832. 01:05:19,123 --> 01:05:21,751
  5833. almost a gleeful response on social media
  5834.  
  5835. 1270
  5836. 01:05:21,834 --> 01:05:23,085
  5837. from people that weren't there.
  5838.  
  5839. 1271
  5840. 01:05:23,169 --> 01:05:25,588
  5841. The way that it seemed like it happened
  5842. is funny, you know?
  5843.  
  5844. 1272
  5845. 01:05:25,671 --> 01:05:30,134
  5846. A <i>Lord of the Flies</i> situation with,
  5847. you know, Instagram's top influencers.
  5848.  
  5849. 1273
  5850. 01:05:31,636 --> 01:05:35,264
  5851. Grant was still calling orders
  5852. and asking us to do things.
  5853.  
  5854. 1274
  5855. 01:05:35,765 --> 01:05:38,768
  5856. I said, "No, Grant,
  5857. we're not posting any more promises.
  5858.  
  5859. 1275
  5860. 01:05:38,851 --> 01:05:41,479
  5861. We're not trying to propel this vision
  5862. any further."
  5863.  
  5864. 1276
  5865. 01:05:41,562 --> 01:05:43,856
  5866. You know, "This thing is dead."
  5867.  
  5868. 1277
  5869. 01:05:44,315 --> 01:05:47,693
  5870. Then I think, like, three minutes later,
  5871. I get a text from Grant
  5872.  
  5873. 1278
  5874. 01:05:47,777 --> 01:05:51,113
  5875. introducing me
  5876. to their new social media team.
  5877.  
  5878. 1279
  5879. 01:05:51,197 --> 01:05:53,407
  5880. "Can you please send him over
  5881. the credentials?"
  5882.  
  5883. 1280
  5884. 01:05:55,159 --> 01:05:57,870
  5885. I just remember calling Ja -
  5886. he wasn't even there yet -
  5887.  
  5888. 1281
  5889. 01:05:57,954 --> 01:06:01,082
  5890. and saying, like,
  5891. "There's, like, no way this is happening.
  5892.  
  5893. 1282
  5894. 01:06:01,165 --> 01:06:04,460
  5895. I'm sending out the email.
  5896. I really don't care at this point."
  5897.  
  5898. 1283
  5899. 01:06:04,543 --> 01:06:07,088
  5900. And then I told Billy
  5901. I cancelled the acts
  5902.  
  5903. 1284
  5904. 01:06:07,171 --> 01:06:10,675
  5905. and at that point, he knew
  5906. everything had fallen apart already.
  5907.  
  5908. 1285
  5909. 01:06:11,676 --> 01:06:15,221
  5910. And he was pacing back and forth
  5911. out on the terrace.
  5912.  
  5913. 1286
  5914. 01:06:15,304 --> 01:06:17,640
  5915. I could see that there were tears
  5916. in his eyes,
  5917.  
  5918. 1287
  5919. 01:06:17,723 --> 01:06:20,935
  5920. but that was the first time
  5921. that any of us had seen that.
  5922.  
  5923. 1288
  5924. 01:06:21,018 --> 01:06:22,436
  5925. Through thick and thin,
  5926.  
  5927. 1289
  5928. 01:06:22,520 --> 01:06:25,564
  5929. he stayed so positive
  5930. and it wasn't until that day...
  5931.  
  5932. 1290
  5933. 01:06:26,357 --> 01:06:30,444
  5934. that things started to crumble,
  5935. that he really started to get it.
  5936.  
  5937. 1291
  5938. 01:06:31,529 --> 01:06:34,073
  5939. <i>I mean, he went from,</i>
  5940. <i>two days before,</i>
  5941.  
  5942. 1292
  5943. 01:06:34,156 --> 01:06:36,575
  5944. <i>thinking he was</i>
  5945. <i>the entrepreneur of our decade</i>
  5946.  
  5947. 1293
  5948. 01:06:37,118 --> 01:06:41,288
  5949. <i>to essentially being a massive</i>
  5950. <i>viral disgrace and joke.</i>
  5951.  
  5952. 1294
  5953. 01:06:41,580 --> 01:06:44,542
  5954. I go into the production house,
  5955. and, like, Grant's crying
  5956.  
  5957. 1295
  5958. 01:06:44,625 --> 01:06:48,671
  5959. and Carola just looks
  5960. like she's been like hit by a truck.
  5961.  
  5962. 1296
  5963. 01:06:49,213 --> 01:06:53,384
  5964. Grant stayed and he was talking
  5965. about drafting up their official response
  5966.  
  5967. 1297
  5968. 01:06:53,467 --> 01:06:57,471
  5969. to what had happened, and it was like,
  5970. "Due to circumstances out of our control,"
  5971.  
  5972. 1298
  5973. 01:06:57,555 --> 01:07:01,809
  5974. and I remember Jorge looks at him
  5975. and he's like, "Do not lie again.
  5976.  
  5977. 1299
  5978. 01:07:02,018 --> 01:07:04,437
  5979. This is your chance to tell the truth.
  5980.  
  5981. 1300
  5982. 01:07:05,354 --> 01:07:08,774
  5983. "Don't say 'out of our control.'
  5984. This was perfectly in our control."
  5985.  
  5986. 1301
  5987. 01:07:09,233 --> 01:07:10,234
  5988. Major update.
  5989.  
  5990. 1302
  5991. 01:07:11,736 --> 01:07:14,572
  5992. Fyre Festival is officially cancelled.
  5993.  
  5994. 1303
  5995. 01:07:16,657 --> 01:07:18,951
  5996. -Just got the news, guys.
  5997. Officially?
  5998.  
  5999. 1304
  6000. 01:07:19,035 --> 01:07:20,911
  6001. Is it really?
  6002. -It's what Mick said.
  6003.  
  6004. 1305
  6005. 01:07:21,245 --> 01:07:24,206
  6006. Apparently, there's no food on the island.
  6007. They're not letting people in.
  6008.  
  6009. 1306
  6010. 01:07:24,290 --> 01:07:26,917
  6011. <i>People who just landed here</i>
  6012. <i>have to go back to Miami.</i>
  6013.  
  6014. 1307
  6015. 01:07:27,376 --> 01:07:29,837
  6016. <i>They were just trying to get out</i>
  6017. <i>at that point.</i>
  6018.  
  6019. 1308
  6020. 01:07:30,004 --> 01:07:33,257
  6021. <i>Part of the problem was that</i>
  6022. <i>there weren't planes to take them out</i>
  6023.  
  6024. 1309
  6025. 01:07:33,340 --> 01:07:36,886
  6026. <i>and the airport was totally overwhelmed</i>
  6027. <i>with all these people</i>
  6028.  
  6029. 1310
  6030. 01:07:36,969 --> 01:07:39,013
  6031. <i>and they eventually locked them in</i>
  6032.  
  6033. 1311
  6034. 01:07:39,096 --> 01:07:42,349
  6035. <i>and kept them overnight</i>
  6036. <i>without any food or water.™ª</i>
  6037.  
  6038. 1312
  6039. 01:07:42,433 --> 01:07:44,643
  6040. Okay. How long until water comes?
  6041.  
  6042. 1313
  6043. 01:07:45,686 --> 01:07:46,687
  6044. And food.
  6045.  
  6046. 1314
  6047. 01:07:47,104 --> 01:07:48,731
  6048. <i>When do we get our money back?</i>
  6049.  
  6050. 1315
  6051. 01:07:49,356 --> 01:07:51,525
  6052. It was just this sort of real-time saga
  6053.  
  6054. 1316
  6055. 01:07:51,609 --> 01:07:54,153
  6056. that started at six o'clock
  6057. in the afternoon.
  6058.  
  6059. 1317
  6060. 01:07:55,112 --> 01:07:57,907
  6061. And in the morning,
  6062. the media started picking it up.
  6063.  
  6064. 1318
  6065. 01:07:58,407 --> 01:08:01,619
  6066. This morning, the organizers
  6067. of the failed Fyre Festival
  6068.  
  6069. 1319
  6070. 01:08:01,702 --> 01:08:02,787
  6071. are feeling the heat.
  6072.  
  6073. 1320
  6074. 01:08:02,870 --> 01:08:05,498
  6075. We took a big jump here, a big risk,
  6076.  
  6077. 1321
  6078. 01:08:05,581 --> 01:08:07,374
  6079. and V1 has failed.
  6080.  
  6081. 1322
  6082. 01:08:07,458 --> 01:08:10,169
  6083. People were making fun of it,
  6084. making fun of us.
  6085.  
  6086. 1323
  6087. 01:08:10,252 --> 01:08:13,672
  6088. Do you feel bad for the people
  6089. that did spend money and go to this--
  6090.  
  6091. 1324
  6092. 01:08:15,216 --> 01:08:20,846
  6093. If you had thousands of dollars
  6094. to go on a trip to see Blink-182...
  6095.  
  6096. 1325
  6097. 01:08:22,515 --> 01:08:25,559
  6098. that's on you.
  6099. That is Darwinism at its finest.
  6100.  
  6101. 1326
  6102. 01:08:29,146 --> 01:08:32,149
  6103. At that point,
  6104. all of their promises started to collapse,
  6105.  
  6106. 1327
  6107. 01:08:32,233 --> 01:08:35,986
  6108. so the car rental companies
  6109. came and took the keys,
  6110.  
  6111. 1328
  6112. 01:08:36,070 --> 01:08:40,991
  6113. the house owners came and demanded
  6114. that their properties were returned.
  6115.  
  6116. 1329
  6117. 01:08:41,075 --> 01:08:44,161
  6118. One of my head construction guys
  6119. came to me and said, "Andy,
  6120.  
  6121. 1330
  6122. 01:08:44,245 --> 01:08:46,372
  6123. I need $26,000 in cash,
  6124.  
  6125. 1331
  6126. 01:08:46,455 --> 01:08:47,998
  6127. and I want it right now."
  6128.  
  6129. 1332
  6130. 01:08:48,082 --> 01:08:50,960
  6131. He was a big guy and he followed me.
  6132.  
  6133. 1333
  6134. 01:08:51,252 --> 01:08:53,838
  6135. And then I went back to the tent
  6136. and he followed me.
  6137.  
  6138. 1334
  6139. 01:08:53,921 --> 01:08:56,590
  6140. I had the head
  6141. of the Bahamian Tourism Board,
  6142.  
  6143. 1335
  6144. 01:08:56,674 --> 01:08:58,634
  6145. the Minister of Finance
  6146.  
  6147. 1336
  6148. 01:08:58,717 --> 01:09:02,138
  6149. and the head
  6150. of the University of the Bahamas
  6151.  
  6152. 1337
  6153. 01:09:02,221 --> 01:09:05,558
  6154. waiting for $1 million
  6155. that they wanted to be paid.
  6156.  
  6157. 1338
  6158. 01:09:06,475 --> 01:09:10,146
  6159. There was a huge workforce of
  6160. people that had been working under the sun
  6161.  
  6162. 1339
  6163. 01:09:10,229 --> 01:09:14,191
  6164. for, you know, a month,
  6165. a month-and-a-half without being paid...
  6166.  
  6167. 1340
  6168. 01:09:14,275 --> 01:09:16,694
  6169. that as soon as realized that, you know,
  6170.  
  6171. 1341
  6172. 01:09:16,777 --> 01:09:19,113
  6173. all of this was collapsing,
  6174.  
  6175. 1342
  6176. 01:09:19,196 --> 01:09:22,491
  6177. started, rightfully so,
  6178. demanding their payment,
  6179.  
  6180. 1343
  6181. 01:09:22,575 --> 01:09:25,703
  6182. so there was a sort of a strike.
  6183.  
  6184. 1344
  6185. 01:09:26,328 --> 01:09:29,790
  6186. And we get word that there's
  6187. an angry mob of locals
  6188.  
  6189. 1345
  6190. 01:09:29,874 --> 01:09:31,584
  6191. coming down through the gates.
  6192.  
  6193. 1346
  6194. 01:09:31,917 --> 01:09:34,128
  6195. They're pissed off
  6196. and they want their money.
  6197.  
  6198. 1347
  6199. 01:09:35,713 --> 01:09:38,382
  6200. And it's now, like, five of us
  6201. in the production house
  6202.  
  6203. 1348
  6204. 01:09:38,465 --> 01:09:39,508
  6205. There was about,
  6206.  
  6207. 1349
  6208. 01:09:39,592 --> 01:09:42,469
  6209. I don't know,
  6210. I want to say 30 people coming down.
  6211.  
  6212. 1350
  6213. 01:09:43,929 --> 01:09:45,764
  6214. And Billy is nowhere to be seen.
  6215.  
  6216. 1351
  6217. 01:09:46,307 --> 01:09:49,101
  6218. There were constant rumors flying around
  6219. of where Billy was.
  6220.  
  6221. 1352
  6222. 01:09:49,185 --> 01:09:51,896
  6223. He was like Dr. Evil.
  6224. It was like, "Billy's on a yacht."
  6225.  
  6226. 1353
  6227. 01:09:51,979 --> 01:09:53,981
  6228. "Billy's been at the Grand Isle
  6229. the whole time."
  6230.  
  6231. 1354
  6232. 01:09:54,064 --> 01:09:55,691
  6233. "Billy's in Miami." "Billy's in jail."
  6234.  
  6235. 1355
  6236. 01:09:55,774 --> 01:09:58,110
  6237. Like, everyone was kind of like
  6238. guessing where Billy was.
  6239.  
  6240. 1356
  6241. 01:09:58,444 --> 01:10:00,487
  6242. I didn't even know where Billy went.
  6243.  
  6244. 1357
  6245. 01:10:00,571 --> 01:10:04,116
  6246. I went to the house
  6247. and it was, like, literally cleaned out,
  6248.  
  6249. 1358
  6250. 01:10:04,200 --> 01:10:06,952
  6251. and I was like, "Yo, where's Billy?"
  6252.  
  6253. 1359
  6254. 01:10:07,411 --> 01:10:10,664
  6255. After the locals realized
  6256. they weren't going to get paid,
  6257.  
  6258. 1360
  6259. 01:10:10,748 --> 01:10:12,750
  6260. some of them started putting hits out
  6261. on people,
  6262.  
  6263. 1361
  6264. 01:10:12,833 --> 01:10:14,877
  6265. either to take them hostage
  6266. and then get ransom
  6267.  
  6268. 1362
  6269. 01:10:14,960 --> 01:10:16,712
  6270. or just to hurt and injure.
  6271.  
  6272. 1363
  6273. 01:10:16,795 --> 01:10:18,672
  6274. The management team
  6275. looked left and right
  6276.  
  6277. 1364
  6278. 01:10:18,756 --> 01:10:24,011
  6279. and suddenly it was sort of...
  6280. The "save yourself" mode kicked in.
  6281.  
  6282. 1365
  6283. 01:10:24,428 --> 01:10:27,223
  6284. And I literally traded clothes
  6285.  
  6286. 1366
  6287. 01:10:27,556 --> 01:10:30,643
  6288. with one of the employees
  6289. that had been working with me
  6290.  
  6291. 1367
  6292. 01:10:30,726 --> 01:10:32,186
  6293. and I hid behind a urinal.
  6294.  
  6295. 1368
  6296. 01:10:32,269 --> 01:10:33,938
  6297. Someone pulled up in an old car,
  6298.  
  6299. 1369
  6300. 01:10:34,021 --> 01:10:36,398
  6301. I jumped into the back
  6302. and lay down on the back seat
  6303.  
  6304. 1370
  6305. 01:10:36,482 --> 01:10:38,651
  6306. so I could at least
  6307. get out of the village.
  6308.  
  6309. 1371
  6310. 01:10:38,817 --> 01:10:40,736
  6311. Because I couldn't play Mother Teresa.
  6312.  
  6313. 1372
  6314. 01:10:40,819 --> 01:10:42,404
  6315. I couldn't fix this problem.
  6316.  
  6317. 1373
  6318. 01:10:42,488 --> 01:10:45,950
  6319. But I needed to go somewhere
  6320. and find safety.
  6321.  
  6322. 1374
  6323. 01:10:46,617 --> 01:10:50,579
  6324. When they realized
  6325. this thing came to an abrupt stop,
  6326.  
  6327. 1375
  6328. 01:10:50,746 --> 01:10:53,791
  6329. they all leave those rent-a-cars running
  6330.  
  6331. 1376
  6332. 01:10:53,874 --> 01:10:55,834
  6333. with the keys in the ignition.
  6334.  
  6335. 1377
  6336. 01:10:55,918 --> 01:10:59,505
  6337. I talked to one guy who said
  6338. the door couldn't get open,
  6339.  
  6340. 1378
  6341. 01:10:59,588 --> 01:11:03,759
  6342. so a lady kicked the door
  6343. and ran to the airplane.
  6344.  
  6345. 1379
  6346. 01:11:03,842 --> 01:11:06,845
  6347. So they knew that trouble was ahead.
  6348.  
  6349. 1380
  6350. 01:11:10,099 --> 01:11:11,684
  6351. People started to come to me
  6352.  
  6353. 1381
  6354. 01:11:12,142 --> 01:11:13,644
  6355. for, like, money. Like...
  6356.  
  6357. 1382
  6358. 01:11:14,645 --> 01:11:15,688
  6359. "You owe us.
  6360.  
  6361. 1383
  6362. 01:11:16,063 --> 01:11:17,064
  6363. Where's the money?"
  6364.  
  6365. 1384
  6366. 01:11:17,940 --> 01:11:20,985
  6367. "I don't know, but they're gone.
  6368. I don't know what to do."
  6369.  
  6370. 1385
  6371. 01:11:21,485 --> 01:11:26,073
  6372. I called Billy, I was talking to Billy.
  6373. Billy said, "Don't worry, I'll handle it."
  6374.  
  6375. 1386
  6376. 01:11:26,198 --> 01:11:29,535
  6377. Day after day passed. You know,
  6378. people were pulling up to my house.
  6379.  
  6380. 1387
  6381. 01:11:29,618 --> 01:11:32,496
  6382. They were getting mad for this money.
  6383. Like, literally mad.
  6384.  
  6385. 1388
  6386. 01:11:32,997 --> 01:11:36,083
  6387. I thought it was going to end up
  6388. in some blows getting thrown.
  6389.  
  6390. 1389
  6391. 01:11:37,042 --> 01:11:39,503
  6392. I was like, "Fuck this, I'm out."
  6393.  
  6394. 1390
  6395. 01:11:40,170 --> 01:11:43,799
  6396. I packed my shit
  6397. and I was fucking on the next boat.
  6398.  
  6399. 1391
  6400. 01:11:43,882 --> 01:11:45,926
  6401. You know? "I can't handle it no more."
  6402.  
  6403. 1392
  6404. 01:11:54,059 --> 01:11:57,938
  6405. I definitely had
  6406. a post-traumatic syndrome,
  6407.  
  6408. 1393
  6409. 01:11:58,022 --> 01:12:01,191
  6410. like many of us did, for weeks and weeks
  6411.  
  6412. 1394
  6413. 01:12:01,275 --> 01:12:03,777
  6414. and a lot of it was a guilt feeling of,
  6415.  
  6416. 1395
  6417. 01:12:03,861 --> 01:12:05,821
  6418. "Did I abandon everybody?"
  6419.  
  6420. 1396
  6421. 01:12:07,698 --> 01:12:10,159
  6422. I was the one
  6423. that would continue to say, "Listen,
  6424.  
  6425. 1397
  6426. 01:12:10,242 --> 01:12:12,411
  6427. I have been working with Billy
  6428.  
  6429. 1398
  6430. 01:12:12,953 --> 01:12:15,247
  6431. for four or five years now. Trust him.
  6432.  
  6433. 1399
  6434. 01:12:15,331 --> 01:12:18,751
  6435. This kid is amazing
  6436. and I think we can pull this off."
  6437.  
  6438. 1400
  6439. 01:12:19,209 --> 01:12:22,796
  6440. And we didn't, and I felt definitely,
  6441.  
  6442. 1401
  6443. 01:12:23,255 --> 01:12:25,716
  6444. as I was able to reflect when I got home,
  6445.  
  6446. 1402
  6447. 01:12:25,799 --> 01:12:30,721
  6448. that I had probably led a lot of kids on.
  6449.  
  6450. 1403
  6451. 01:12:32,389 --> 01:12:34,975
  6452. You know, you just go with somebody's...
  6453.  
  6454. 1404
  6455. 01:12:35,351 --> 01:12:38,270
  6456. It's that energy, and the belief system,
  6457.  
  6458. 1405
  6459. 01:12:38,354 --> 01:12:40,606
  6460. and you just go and you go and you go.
  6461.  
  6462. 1406
  6463. 01:12:40,689 --> 01:12:42,983
  6464. And then when do you stop? And no,
  6465.  
  6466. 1407
  6467. 01:12:43,609 --> 01:12:45,652
  6468. I never thought it would end like this.
  6469.  
  6470. 1408
  6471. 01:12:46,278 --> 01:12:49,448
  6472. I don't think anybody did.
  6473. If we did, we wouldn't have done it.
  6474.  
  6475. 1409
  6476. 01:12:56,080 --> 01:12:58,207
  6477. <i>First, I just want to give</i>
  6478.  
  6479. 1410
  6480. 01:12:58,290 --> 01:13:01,919
  6481. <i>a big apology</i>
  6482. <i>for how the festival turned out.</i>
  6483.  
  6484. 1411
  6485. 01:13:02,503 --> 01:13:05,130
  6486. <i>This is obviously the exact opposite</i>
  6487.  
  6488. 1412
  6489. 01:13:05,214 --> 01:13:08,050
  6490. <i>of what we were all striving for.</i>
  6491.  
  6492. 1413
  6493. 01:13:08,133 --> 01:13:09,510
  6494. I made it back home Monday,
  6495.  
  6496. 1414
  6497. 01:13:09,593 --> 01:13:11,095
  6498. and came to the Fyre office,
  6499.  
  6500. 1415
  6501. 01:13:11,178 --> 01:13:13,180
  6502. and that's when we had
  6503. the teamwide meeting.
  6504.  
  6505. 1416
  6506. 01:13:13,847 --> 01:13:15,808
  6507. <i>We have to rebrand the platform.</i>
  6508.  
  6509. 1417
  6510. 01:13:16,100 --> 01:13:19,061
  6511. <i>My orthodontist</i>
  6512. <i>has read about the festival.</i>
  6513.  
  6514. 1418
  6515. 01:13:19,228 --> 01:13:21,355
  6516. <i>And he asked me</i>
  6517. <i>what I did on the festival.</i>
  6518.  
  6519. 1419
  6520. 01:13:21,688 --> 01:13:25,609
  6521. <i>Right now, yes, we are</i>
  6522. <i>the fucking laughing stock of everything.</i>
  6523.  
  6524. 1420
  6525. 01:13:25,692 --> 01:13:27,820
  6526. <i>We are the "Scam Fyre."</i>
  6527.  
  6528. 1421
  6529. 01:13:27,903 --> 01:13:32,157
  6530. <i>But that might not be the case</i>
  6531. <i>after we fucking put our plan in play</i>
  6532.  
  6533. 1422
  6534. 01:13:32,241 --> 01:13:33,826
  6535. <i>and start to spin it.</i>
  6536.  
  6537. 1423
  6538. 01:13:33,909 --> 01:13:38,288
  6539. They used Samsung as an example of how,
  6540. you know, "This is just some bad PR."
  6541.  
  6542. 1424
  6543. 01:13:38,497 --> 01:13:41,250
  6544. "Samsung's out here blowing
  6545. people's faces off with cell phones,
  6546.  
  6547. 1425
  6548. 01:13:41,333 --> 01:13:43,085
  6549. but they're still selling cell phones."
  6550.  
  6551. 1426
  6552. 01:13:43,168 --> 01:13:46,046
  6553. They were kind of trying to make it seem
  6554. like we would overcome this.
  6555.  
  6556. 1427
  6557. 01:13:46,130 --> 01:13:48,507
  6558. <i>We can't dwell on how we fucked up.</i>
  6559.  
  6560. 1428
  6561. 01:13:48,590 --> 01:13:50,843
  6562. <i>We can't dwell on what made it go wrong.</i>
  6563.  
  6564. 1429
  6565. 01:13:50,926 --> 01:13:53,345
  6566. <i>We gotta dwell on how</i>
  6567. <i>we make it better in the future.</i>
  6568.  
  6569. 1430
  6570. 01:13:53,429 --> 01:13:57,349
  6571. <i>The vast majority of us on this phone call</i>
  6572. <i>were not involved with the festival,</i>
  6573.  
  6574. 1431
  6575. 01:13:57,433 --> 01:14:00,686
  6576. <i>and then--</i>
  6577. <i>Or actively told not to be involved.</i>
  6578.  
  6579. 1432
  6580. 01:14:00,936 --> 01:14:01,770
  6581. So it was...
  6582.  
  6583. 1433
  6584. 01:14:02,271 --> 01:14:04,606
  6585. painful to be honest. We put, you know,
  6586.  
  6587. 1434
  6588. 01:14:04,690 --> 01:14:07,860
  6589. a big, very talented team,
  6590.  
  6591. 1435
  6592. 01:14:07,943 --> 01:14:10,404
  6593. put a ton of hours into that software.
  6594.  
  6595. 1436
  6596. 01:14:11,572 --> 01:14:13,615
  6597. The reality is that I just believed
  6598. in the core app
  6599.  
  6600. 1437
  6601. 01:14:13,699 --> 01:14:14,992
  6602. that we're building so much,
  6603.  
  6604. 1438
  6605. 01:14:15,075 --> 01:14:17,703
  6606. that I was blind to a lot
  6607. of what was going on internally
  6608.  
  6609. 1439
  6610. 01:14:17,786 --> 01:14:18,829
  6611. with what we were doing.
  6612.  
  6613. 1440
  6614. 01:14:18,912 --> 01:14:22,416
  6615. I mean, it was something
  6616. that we worked on for an entire year.
  6617.  
  6618. 1441
  6619. 01:14:23,375 --> 01:14:28,255
  6620. And because of the festival,
  6621. we lost everything within seconds.
  6622.  
  6623. 1442
  6624. 01:14:29,006 --> 01:14:31,258
  6625. <i>Is there any way</i>
  6626. <i>that the product can be built</i>
  6627.  
  6628. 1443
  6629. 01:14:31,341 --> 01:14:35,095
  6630. <i></i>
  6631. <i> <i>No. Absolutely not.</i></i>
  6632.  
  6633. 1444
  6634. 01:14:35,762 --> 01:14:39,433
  6635. He was saying, "We are a family,
  6636. it's time for us to band together."
  6637.  
  6638. 1445
  6639. 01:14:39,516 --> 01:14:42,853
  6640. And I was feeling like
  6641. that was so manipulative.
  6642.  
  6643. 1446
  6644. 01:14:42,936 --> 01:14:45,522
  6645. We're not a family,
  6646. you won't even tell me anything! You've completely violated
  6647. all the trust that we had
  6648.  
  6649. 1447
  6650. 01:14:48,275 --> 01:14:51,028
  6651. in the product, in the company,
  6652. in the brand and in you
  6653.  
  6654. 1448
  6655. 01:14:51,111 --> 01:14:55,240
  6656. and public reception is a separate
  6657. and almost unrelated problem.
  6658.  
  6659. 1449
  6660. 01:14:55,574 --> 01:14:56,408
  6661. <i>Come on, guys!</i>
  6662.  
  6663. 1450
  6664. 01:14:56,783 --> 01:15:00,412
  6665. <i>There's a lot of smart people</i>
  6666. <i>on this fucking phone call, man.</i>
  6667.  
  6668. 1451
  6669. 01:15:00,871 --> 01:15:03,749
  6670. <i>Let's think of how to dig ourselves</i>
  6671. <i>out of this shit, man.</i>
  6672.  
  6673. 1452
  6674. 01:15:04,500 --> 01:15:07,252
  6675. <i>We didn't kill anybody, nobody got hurt.</i>
  6676.  
  6677. 1453
  6678. 01:15:07,336 --> 01:15:09,838
  6679. <i>We made a mistake, we'll get past it.</i>
  6680.  
  6681. 1454
  6682. 01:15:10,422 --> 01:15:12,090
  6683. <i>I mean, granted, nobody died,</i>
  6684.  
  6685. 1455
  6686. 01:15:12,174 --> 01:15:15,594
  6687. <i>but we did flat-out lie to the public</i>
  6688. <i>about what we're giving them.</i>
  6689.  
  6690. 1456
  6691. 01:15:16,094 --> 01:15:17,346
  6692. <i>I mean, that's fraud.</i>
  6693.  
  6694. 1457
  6695. 01:15:18,472 --> 01:15:21,725
  6696. <i>Like, and that's not okay</i>
  6697. <i>as a company operates.</i>
  6698.  
  6699. 1458
  6700. 01:15:22,309 --> 01:15:23,519
  6701. <i>That's not fraud.</i>
  6702.  
  6703. 1459
  6704. 01:15:25,145 --> 01:15:26,313
  6705. <i>That's not fraud.</i>
  6706.  
  6707. 1460
  6708. 01:15:26,939 --> 01:15:30,192
  6709. <i>That is, uh... I would call that...</i>
  6710.  
  6711. 1461
  6712. 01:15:30,275 --> 01:15:31,652
  6713. <i>"false advertising."</i>
  6714.  
  6715. 1462
  6716. 01:15:35,322 --> 01:15:36,949
  6717. As we were getting on the plane,
  6718.  
  6719. 1463
  6720. 01:15:37,032 --> 01:15:40,786
  6721. I think I tweeted something like,
  6722. "See you later, Fyre Festival.
  6723.  
  6724. 1464
  6725. 01:15:40,869 --> 01:15:43,413
  6726. You'll be hearing from Stacy Miller,
  6727. my lawyer."
  6728.  
  6729. 1465
  6730. 01:15:43,497 --> 01:15:45,707
  6731. I thought to myself,
  6732. "That's a little strange."
  6733.  
  6734. 1466
  6735. 01:15:45,791 --> 01:15:48,377
  6736. So I looked on Facebook
  6737. and Facebook was going crazy
  6738.  
  6739. 1467
  6740. 01:15:48,460 --> 01:15:52,422
  6741. with this Fyre Festival,
  6742. of which I had never even heard about.
  6743.  
  6744. 1468
  6745. 01:15:52,506 --> 01:15:54,675
  6746. And,the day after, it was announced
  6747.  
  6748. 1469
  6749. 01:15:54,758 --> 01:15:58,011
  6750. that there was a $100 million
  6751. class action lawsuit that was filed.
  6752.  
  6753. 1470
  6754. 01:15:58,220 --> 01:16:00,389
  6755. In my experience
  6756. with class action lawsuits,
  6757.  
  6758. 1471
  6759. 01:16:00,472 --> 01:16:03,350
  6760. it was not going to get resolved
  6761. anytime soon.
  6762.  
  6763. 1472
  6764. 01:16:03,433 --> 01:16:05,310
  6765. So we decided to file independently.
  6766.  
  6767. 1473
  6768. 01:16:06,186 --> 01:16:08,272
  6769. The suit was for committing fraud
  6770.  
  6771. 1474
  6772. 01:16:08,355 --> 01:16:10,899
  6773. saying, "Look at how great,
  6774. this is going to be,"
  6775.  
  6776. 1475
  6777. 01:16:10,983 --> 01:16:13,694
  6778. when they knew all along
  6779. it was going to be
  6780.  
  6781. 1476
  6782. 01:16:13,777 --> 01:16:15,946
  6783. nothing close to what was advertised.
  6784.  
  6785. 1477
  6786. 01:16:16,530 --> 01:16:18,156
  6787. I feel very strongly that
  6788.  
  6789. 1478
  6790. 01:16:18,240 --> 01:16:19,908
  6791. if I had bought tickets to the festival,
  6792.  
  6793. 1479
  6794. 01:16:19,992 --> 01:16:24,162
  6795. I'd name every single one of the people
  6796. that advertised for it in the lawsuit.
  6797.  
  6798. 1480
  6799. 01:16:25,831 --> 01:16:27,874
  6800. <i>What made this so interesting</i>
  6801.  
  6802. 1481
  6803. 01:16:27,958 --> 01:16:30,002
  6804. <i>was they made it all look organic</i>
  6805.  
  6806. 1482
  6807. 01:16:30,085 --> 01:16:33,088
  6808. <i>and, like, a bunch of celebrities</i>
  6809. <i>and famous people</i>
  6810.  
  6811. 1483
  6812. 01:16:33,171 --> 01:16:35,507
  6813. <i>were planning to attend</i>
  6814. <i>this music festival.</i>
  6815.  
  6816. 1484
  6817. 01:16:35,591 --> 01:16:39,678
  6818. And that's why the impact and reach,
  6819. in my mind, was as great as it was.
  6820.  
  6821. 1485
  6822. 01:16:40,887 --> 01:16:42,639
  6823. That was
  6824. a big criticism of people.
  6825.  
  6826. 1486
  6827. 01:16:42,723 --> 01:16:45,183
  6828. "How could you market something
  6829. that wasn't real?"
  6830.  
  6831. 1487
  6832. 01:16:45,267 --> 01:16:46,643
  6833. You know? But it's like...
  6834.  
  6835. 1488
  6836. 01:16:46,727 --> 01:16:49,855
  6837. everything was real.
  6838. Everything looked real.
  6839.  
  6840. 1489
  6841. 01:16:50,939 --> 01:16:53,942
  6842. If you get hired to do a BMW commercial
  6843.  
  6844. 1490
  6845. 01:16:54,026 --> 01:16:56,403
  6846. and that BMW then has a faulty engine,
  6847.  
  6848. 1491
  6849. 01:16:56,486 --> 01:16:58,405
  6850. how the fuck can you possibly know
  6851.  
  6852. 1492
  6853. 01:16:58,488 --> 01:17:01,283
  6854. whether they'll do good
  6855. on what they said they were gonna do?
  6856.  
  6857. 1493
  6858. 01:17:01,533 --> 01:17:04,786
  6859. That's like saying the sound guy,
  6860. and the DP, and the location scout
  6861.  
  6862. 1494
  6863. 01:17:04,870 --> 01:17:07,122
  6864. has to do business due diligence
  6865. on whether or not
  6866.  
  6867. 1495
  6868. 01:17:07,205 --> 01:17:08,498
  6869. something's actually gonna happen.
  6870.  
  6871. 1496
  6872. 01:17:09,541 --> 01:17:11,877
  6873. How could we ask the models
  6874.  
  6875. 1497
  6876. 01:17:11,960 --> 01:17:15,005
  6877. to have the kind of awareness
  6878. of the Fyre Festival
  6879.  
  6880. 1498
  6881. 01:17:15,088 --> 01:17:18,425
  6882. that I myself didn't have,
  6883. being an employee of Fyre Media?
  6884.  
  6885. 1499
  6886. 01:17:21,136 --> 01:17:24,431
  6887. We certainly wanted to send the message
  6888. to influencers
  6889.  
  6890. 1500
  6891. 01:17:24,514 --> 01:17:26,558
  6892. that when you post a photograph,
  6893.  
  6894. 1501
  6895. 01:17:26,642 --> 01:17:29,478
  6896. and you don't say "#advertisement,"
  6897.  
  6898. 1502
  6899. 01:17:29,561 --> 01:17:32,981
  6900. there is some level of responsibility.
  6901.  
  6902. 1503
  6903. 01:17:33,815 --> 01:17:37,778
  6904. The government, because of this incident,
  6905. has been cracking down more and more.
  6906.  
  6907. 1504
  6908. 01:17:37,861 --> 01:17:41,198
  6909. Bella Hadid is now apologizing
  6910. to her fans.
  6911.  
  6912. 1505
  6913. 01:17:41,281 --> 01:17:43,408
  6914. "I initially trusted
  6915. this would be an amazing
  6916.  
  6917. 1506
  6918. 01:17:43,492 --> 01:17:45,702
  6919. and memorable experience for all of us."
  6920.  
  6921. 1507
  6922. 01:17:45,786 --> 01:17:49,581
  6923. I don't think that they knew
  6924. or were malicious in their intent.
  6925.  
  6926. 1508
  6927. 01:17:50,165 --> 01:17:52,751
  6928. I don't think anybody fully appreciated
  6929.  
  6930. 1509
  6931. 01:17:52,834 --> 01:17:55,462
  6932. the extent of Billy's fraud
  6933.  
  6934. 1510
  6935. 01:17:55,545 --> 01:17:57,381
  6936. and where he was gonna go with this.
  6937.  
  6938. 1511
  6939. 01:18:01,009 --> 01:18:02,386
  6940. They all kept working,
  6941.  
  6942. 1512
  6943. 01:18:02,803 --> 01:18:04,930
  6944. I think, a week or two after the festival,
  6945.  
  6946. 1513
  6947. 01:18:05,013 --> 01:18:07,265
  6948. and then Billy scheduled
  6949. an all-hands meeting
  6950.  
  6951. 1514
  6952. 01:18:07,349 --> 01:18:10,477
  6953. where he was going to debrief everyone
  6954. and explain what was happening.
  6955.  
  6956. 1515
  6957. 01:18:36,253 --> 01:18:38,338
  6958. The fact that he let, you know,
  6959.  
  6960. 1516
  6961. 01:18:38,422 --> 01:18:43,301
  6962. 20 to 30 people<i> </i>just get completely let go
  6963. with zero remorse...
  6964.  
  6965. 1517
  6966. 01:18:44,302 --> 01:18:46,555
  6967. goes a lot to show you
  6968. what type of person he is.
  6969.  
  6970. 1518
  6971. 01:19:02,028 --> 01:19:05,532
  6972. An FBI agent showed up at the door
  6973. of my parents' apartment building
  6974.  
  6975. 1519
  6976. 01:19:05,615 --> 01:19:07,743
  6977. and gave his card to the doorman
  6978.  
  6979. 1520
  6980. 01:19:07,826 --> 01:19:09,786
  6981. and said, "I'm looking for Marc Weinstein.
  6982.  
  6983. 1521
  6984. 01:19:09,870 --> 01:19:11,872
  6985. He's not in trouble,
  6986. but have him call me."
  6987.  
  6988. 1522
  6989. 01:19:11,955 --> 01:19:13,331
  6990. I was happy to talk to him
  6991.  
  6992. 1523
  6993. 01:19:13,415 --> 01:19:15,959
  6994. because I felt that there was
  6995. some justice happening here.
  6996.  
  6997. 1524
  6998. 01:19:16,042 --> 01:19:17,878
  6999. I spoke to the FBI, yeah, of course.
  7000.  
  7001. 1525
  7002. 01:19:18,128 --> 01:19:20,422
  7003. That was the first time
  7004. I really understood
  7005.  
  7006. 1526
  7007. 01:19:20,756 --> 01:19:22,007
  7008. what Billy had done.
  7009.  
  7010. 1527
  7011. 01:19:23,049 --> 01:19:25,886
  7012. But I couldn't believe
  7013. what they were showing me.
  7014.  
  7015. 1528
  7016. 01:19:28,430 --> 01:19:29,973
  7017. Billy was...
  7018.  
  7019. 1529
  7020. 01:19:30,056 --> 01:19:32,601
  7021. frauding investors
  7022. who invested in Fyre Festival
  7023.  
  7024. 1530
  7025. 01:19:32,684 --> 01:19:35,479
  7026. based on how well we were doing
  7027. as a company
  7028.  
  7029. 1531
  7030. 01:19:35,562 --> 01:19:36,772
  7031. within Fyre Media.
  7032.  
  7033. 1532
  7034. 01:19:37,898 --> 01:19:40,066
  7035. My understanding is,
  7036. he'd been telling investors
  7037.  
  7038. 1533
  7039. 01:19:40,150 --> 01:19:42,527
  7040. that he booked Drake for $100,000,
  7041.  
  7042. 1534
  7043. 01:19:42,611 --> 01:19:44,529
  7044. which never happened.
  7045. We never booked Drake.
  7046.  
  7047. 1535
  7048. 01:19:44,613 --> 01:19:46,281
  7049. You know, he was lying to investors,
  7050.  
  7051. 1536
  7052. 01:19:46,364 --> 01:19:48,617
  7053. making it seem we were making money
  7054. when we weren't.
  7055.  
  7056. 1537
  7057. 01:19:49,785 --> 01:19:53,872
  7058. The original report showed
  7059. about $1.5 million in offers.
  7060.  
  7061. 1538
  7062. 01:19:53,955 --> 01:19:57,501
  7063. The report that was doctored
  7064. under Billy's instruction
  7065.  
  7066. 1539
  7067. 01:19:57,584 --> 01:19:59,878
  7068. showed closer to $35 milion.
  7069.  
  7070. 1540
  7071. 01:20:00,670 --> 01:20:03,924
  7072. <i>Billy claimed that they had been given</i>
  7073. <i>an island in the Bahamas</i>
  7074.  
  7075. 1541
  7076. 01:20:04,007 --> 01:20:06,635
  7077. <i>worth $8 million,</i>
  7078. <i>when, in fact, they had not.</i>
  7079.  
  7080. 1542
  7081. 01:20:06,968 --> 01:20:08,303
  7082. <i>Billy falsely claimed</i>
  7083.  
  7084. 1543
  7085. 01:20:08,386 --> 01:20:11,348
  7086. <i>that he had more than $2 million</i>
  7087. <i>in Facebook stocks,</i>
  7088.  
  7089. 1544
  7090. 01:20:11,431 --> 01:20:14,351
  7091. <i>when in fact he had about $1,500.</i>
  7092.  
  7093. 1545
  7094. 01:20:14,434 --> 01:20:17,229
  7095. <i> Billy McFarland</i>
  7096. <i>charged with wire fraud</i>
  7097.  
  7098. 1546
  7099. 01:20:17,312 --> 01:20:18,730
  7100. <i>in federal court.</i>
  7101.  
  7102. 1547
  7103. 01:20:18,814 --> 01:20:21,316
  7104. <i>McFarland allegedly sent fake documents</i>
  7105.  
  7106. 1548
  7107. 01:20:21,399 --> 01:20:23,735
  7108. <i>claiming the company made</i>
  7109. <i>millions in revenue.</i>
  7110.  
  7111. 1549
  7112. 01:20:23,819 --> 01:20:26,696
  7113. <i>He'd only earned less than $60,000.</i>
  7114.  
  7115. 1550
  7116. 01:20:28,365 --> 01:20:29,366
  7117. I knew Billy,
  7118.  
  7119. 1551
  7120. 01:20:29,449 --> 01:20:32,577
  7121. but I never knew he was capable
  7122. of doing something like that.
  7123.  
  7124. 1552
  7125. 01:20:33,036 --> 01:20:36,790
  7126. This guy really made me feel
  7127. like he was part of my family.
  7128.  
  7129. 1553
  7130. 01:20:36,873 --> 01:20:39,042
  7131. I invited him to dinners with my family,
  7132.  
  7133. 1554
  7134. 01:20:39,125 --> 01:20:41,628
  7135. and for him to do what he did, you know,
  7136.  
  7137. 1555
  7138. 01:20:41,711 --> 01:20:46,341
  7139. I lost that judge of character in people
  7140. that I thought, you know, I had,
  7141.  
  7142. 1556
  7143. 01:20:46,424 --> 01:20:49,052
  7144. and that was really difficult for me.
  7145.  
  7146. 1557
  7147. 01:20:49,135 --> 01:20:53,223
  7148. He really leveraged your existing
  7149. emotional investment in this team
  7150.  
  7151. 1558
  7152. 01:20:53,306 --> 01:20:56,601
  7153. and in this product
  7154. to extort you to investing even more.
  7155.  
  7156. 1559
  7157. 01:20:56,685 --> 01:20:57,936
  7158. This was Billy's charm.
  7159.  
  7160. 1560
  7161. 01:20:58,854 --> 01:21:01,314
  7162. Like, Billy could just sell you
  7163. on anything.
  7164.  
  7165. 1561
  7166. 01:21:01,648 --> 01:21:03,900
  7167. He's an operational sociopath.
  7168.  
  7169. 1562
  7170. 01:21:03,984 --> 01:21:06,319
  7171. The reason he racked up
  7172. millions of dollars
  7173.  
  7174. 1563
  7175. 01:21:06,403 --> 01:21:09,155
  7176. on the Fyre app AmEx card
  7177.  
  7178. 1564
  7179. 01:21:09,239 --> 01:21:12,617
  7180. was to pay for Magnises tickets
  7181.  
  7182. 1565
  7183. 01:21:12,701 --> 01:21:14,786
  7184. for his Magnises users.
  7185.  
  7186. 1566
  7187. 01:21:15,036 --> 01:21:16,746
  7188. He got almost all of it paid off,
  7189.  
  7190. 1567
  7191. 01:21:16,830 --> 01:21:19,749
  7192. except for the remaining $250,000,
  7193.  
  7194. 1568
  7195. 01:21:20,000 --> 01:21:23,628
  7196. which now I'm being sued by AmEx for.
  7197.  
  7198. 1569
  7199. 01:21:24,212 --> 01:21:30,302
  7200. He left $150,000 of<i> </i>outstanding bills
  7201.  
  7202. 1570
  7203. 01:21:30,385 --> 01:21:33,763
  7204. on my personal American Express
  7205. because of the festival as well.
  7206.  
  7207. 1571
  7208. 01:21:35,056 --> 01:21:38,018
  7209. We lost a lot of money. A lot of money.
  7210.  
  7211. 1572
  7212. 01:21:38,435 --> 01:21:39,561
  7213. A lot.
  7214.  
  7215. 1573
  7216. 01:21:39,644 --> 01:21:42,397
  7217. Hundreds of thousands of dollars,
  7218. without a doubt.
  7219.  
  7220. 1574
  7221. 01:21:42,898 --> 01:21:44,774
  7222. A lot of people didn't get paid.
  7223.  
  7224. 1575
  7225. 01:21:45,233 --> 01:21:47,360
  7226. A lot of my workers didn't get paid.
  7227.  
  7228. 1576
  7229. 01:21:47,861 --> 01:21:49,279
  7230. He kept on saying,
  7231.  
  7232. 1577
  7233. 01:21:49,654 --> 01:21:52,073
  7234. "The money is coming, J.R.,
  7235. the money is coming."
  7236.  
  7237. 1578
  7238. 01:21:52,157 --> 01:21:53,325
  7239. It never reached.
  7240.  
  7241. 1579
  7242. 01:21:53,408 --> 01:21:56,620
  7243. <i> So there was a group of Bahamian</i>
  7244. <i>locals that built the festival site.</i>
  7245.  
  7246. 1580
  7247. 01:21:57,454 --> 01:21:58,830
  7248. <i>They were never paid.</i>
  7249.  
  7250. 1581
  7251. 01:21:59,331 --> 01:22:00,582
  7252. <i>The estimate that I heard</i>
  7253.  
  7254. 1582
  7255. 01:22:00,665 --> 01:22:04,169
  7256. <i>was a quarter of a million dollars</i>
  7257. <i>was owed in day wages to them.</i>
  7258.  
  7259. 1583
  7260. 01:22:04,753 --> 01:22:07,839
  7261. I had ten persons
  7262. working directly with me,
  7263.  
  7264. 1584
  7265. 01:22:07,923 --> 01:22:12,010
  7266. just preparing food
  7267. all day and all night, 24 hours.
  7268.  
  7269. 1585
  7270. 01:22:12,510 --> 01:22:16,556
  7271. I had to literally pay all those people.
  7272. I am here as a Bahamian.
  7273.  
  7274. 1586
  7275. 01:22:16,640 --> 01:22:19,100
  7276. And they stand in my face every day.
  7277.  
  7278. 1587
  7279. 01:22:19,517 --> 01:22:22,812
  7280. I went through about $50,000 of my savings
  7281.  
  7282. 1588
  7283. 01:22:23,271 --> 01:22:25,440
  7284. that I could have had for a rainy day.
  7285.  
  7286. 1589
  7287. 01:22:26,858 --> 01:22:30,320
  7288. They just wiped it out
  7289. and never looked back.
  7290.  
  7291. 1590
  7292. 01:22:31,947 --> 01:22:35,784
  7293. Personally, I don't even like to talk
  7294. about the Fyre Festival.
  7295.  
  7296. 1591
  7297. 01:22:36,284 --> 01:22:40,830
  7298. Just take it away
  7299. and just let me start a new beginning.
  7300.  
  7301. 1592
  7302. 01:22:41,289 --> 01:22:43,959
  7303. 'Cause they really hurt me.
  7304.  
  7305. 1593
  7306. 01:22:47,796 --> 01:22:49,839
  7307. I am really hurt from that.
  7308.  
  7309. 1594
  7310. 01:22:53,134 --> 01:22:56,972
  7311. To see nobody return to say,
  7312. "Let me take care of what she's done,
  7313.  
  7314. 1595
  7315. 01:22:57,055 --> 01:22:58,640
  7316. we know she has done right."
  7317.  
  7318. 1596
  7319. 01:23:03,269 --> 01:23:06,189
  7320. I just leave it alone,
  7321. 'cause it really pains me
  7322.  
  7323. 1597
  7324. 01:23:06,272 --> 01:23:09,943
  7325. when I have to talk about it
  7326. so I just wipe it away.
  7327.  
  7328. 1598
  7329. 01:23:19,119 --> 01:23:20,453
  7330. <i>Are you sorry?</i>
  7331.  
  7332. 1599
  7333. 01:23:20,537 --> 01:23:22,956
  7334. Thank you, guys.
  7335. I'll arrange a comment later. Thank you.
  7336.  
  7337. 1600
  7338. 01:23:23,039 --> 01:23:27,002
  7339. <i>He was released on Saturday</i>
  7340. <i>on $300,000 bail.</i>
  7341.  
  7342. 1601
  7343. 01:23:27,085 --> 01:23:28,420
  7344. <i>He claims he is broke.</i>
  7345.  
  7346. 1602
  7347. 01:23:28,503 --> 01:23:30,922
  7348. <i>He has apparently moved back in</i>
  7349. <i>with his parents.</i>
  7350.  
  7351. 1603
  7352. 01:23:31,214 --> 01:23:34,300
  7353. Fortunately, I think Billy
  7354. is currently living in the basement
  7355.  
  7356. 1604
  7357. 01:23:34,384 --> 01:23:36,469
  7358. of his parents' New Jersey home.
  7359.  
  7360. 1605
  7361. 01:23:36,553 --> 01:23:38,179
  7362. He's no longer in his penthouse.
  7363.  
  7364. 1606
  7365. 01:23:38,263 --> 01:23:41,224
  7366. He's no longer riding around in Maseratis
  7367.  
  7368. 1607
  7369. 01:23:41,307 --> 01:23:43,268
  7370. and flaunting the wealth that he stole.
  7371.  
  7372. 1608
  7373. 01:23:51,860 --> 01:23:53,903
  7374. Coming back to the Fyre Festival
  7375. for a second.
  7376.  
  7377. 1609
  7378. 01:23:53,987 --> 01:23:56,614
  7379. You should make
  7380. a Fyre Festival game, dude.
  7381.  
  7382. 1610
  7383. 01:23:56,698 --> 01:23:57,949
  7384. 'Cause you're going through--
  7385.  
  7386. 1611
  7387. 01:23:58,033 --> 01:24:00,076
  7388. They did the Fyre Festival
  7389. on Saturday Night Live.
  7390.  
  7391. 1612
  7392. 01:24:00,160 --> 01:24:01,411
  7393. I know!
  7394.  
  7395. 1613
  7396. 01:24:01,911 --> 01:24:03,955
  7397. You could turn this into so much.
  7398.  
  7399. 1614
  7400. 01:24:04,039 --> 01:24:06,082
  7401. You just gotta accept the Fyre Festival,
  7402.  
  7403. 1615
  7404. 01:24:06,166 --> 01:24:10,045
  7405. and you could turn this shit into gold,
  7406. like, a pot of gold and then run with it.
  7407.  
  7408. 1616
  7409. 01:24:10,128 --> 01:24:11,046
  7410. I'm not allowed.
  7411.  
  7412. 1617
  7413. 01:24:11,129 --> 01:24:13,006
  7414. -Angelo, help me.
  7415.  
  7416. 1618
  7417. 01:24:13,089 --> 01:24:14,424
  7418. Wait, why aren't you--
  7419.  
  7420. 1619
  7421. 01:24:14,507 --> 01:24:17,510
  7422. I hadn't spoken to Billy since he was...
  7423.  
  7424. 1620
  7425. 01:24:17,594 --> 01:24:20,055
  7426. arrested and released on bail.
  7427.  
  7428. 1621
  7429. 01:24:20,138 --> 01:24:21,931
  7430. So he asked us to come down
  7431.  
  7432. 1622
  7433. 01:24:22,015 --> 01:24:24,434
  7434. to this hotel where he was staying at,
  7435.  
  7436. 1623
  7437. 01:24:24,601 --> 01:24:27,270
  7438. and he asked us if we could bring
  7439. our video equipment,
  7440.  
  7441. 1624
  7442. 01:24:27,353 --> 01:24:28,855
  7443. we can do all of that stuff.
  7444.  
  7445. 1625
  7446. 01:24:28,938 --> 01:24:31,274
  7447. And we didn't really know
  7448. what we were gonna be filming.
  7449.  
  7450. 1626
  7451. 01:24:31,357 --> 01:24:33,902
  7452. Yeah, just film around the clock.
  7453.  
  7454. 1627
  7455. 01:24:33,985 --> 01:24:36,696
  7456. The one thing I've learned from this
  7457. is the more footage, the better.
  7458.  
  7459. 1628
  7460. 01:24:37,280 --> 01:24:39,491
  7461. How was he living
  7462. while he was out on bail?
  7463.  
  7464. 1629
  7465. 01:24:39,574 --> 01:24:40,742
  7466. He wasn't living like me.
  7467.  
  7468. 1630
  7469. 01:24:41,201 --> 01:24:44,204
  7470. Billy was living... He was living large.
  7471.  
  7472. 1631
  7473. 01:24:44,287 --> 01:24:45,872
  7474. That penthouse was beautiful.
  7475.  
  7476. 1632
  7477. 01:24:46,706 --> 01:24:49,709
  7478. I just had
  7479. a little bit of a confused face.
  7480.  
  7481. 1633
  7482. 01:24:49,793 --> 01:24:52,670
  7483. Like, "How are you able to pay
  7484. for all of this?"
  7485.  
  7486. 1634
  7487. 01:24:56,716 --> 01:24:58,343
  7488. There was a guy named Angelo.
  7489.  
  7490. 1635
  7491. 01:24:58,426 --> 01:25:01,471
  7492. And I don't know if it was Billy's PR guy,
  7493.  
  7494. 1636
  7495. 01:25:01,554 --> 01:25:03,723
  7496. but I know that this guy
  7497. was very connected.
  7498.  
  7499. 1637
  7500. 01:25:04,057 --> 01:25:05,892
  7501. That is the...
  7502.  
  7503. 1638
  7504. 01:25:10,855 --> 01:25:13,775
  7505. Just try to keep me out of your stuff
  7506. because my...
  7507.  
  7508. 1639
  7509. 01:25:14,275 --> 01:25:15,902
  7510. I can't say anything.
  7511.  
  7512. 1640
  7513. 01:25:16,361 --> 01:25:18,238
  7514. We're not saying anything bad.
  7515. You can talk.
  7516.  
  7517. 1641
  7518. 01:25:18,321 --> 01:25:19,989
  7519. You know, you can give me advice.
  7520.  
  7521. 1642
  7522. 01:25:20,824 --> 01:25:23,284
  7523. We talked about my experiences
  7524.  
  7525. 1643
  7526. 01:25:23,368 --> 01:25:24,744
  7527. in the legal system
  7528.  
  7529. 1644
  7530. 01:25:24,828 --> 01:25:27,872
  7531. and I'll never forget what he said to me.
  7532.  
  7533. 1645
  7534. 01:25:27,956 --> 01:25:30,583
  7535. He looked me dead in my face and said,
  7536.  
  7537. 1646
  7538. 01:25:31,167 --> 01:25:32,669
  7539. "I'm not going to jail."
  7540.  
  7541. 1647
  7542. 01:25:33,419 --> 01:25:36,756
  7543. Well, I was like, "This man
  7544. either knows something that I don't
  7545.  
  7546. 1648
  7547. 01:25:37,340 --> 01:25:39,676
  7548. or he is certifiably insane."
  7549.  
  7550. 1649
  7551. 01:25:44,305 --> 01:25:46,766
  7552. NYC VIP Access
  7553.  
  7554. 1650
  7555. 01:25:46,850 --> 01:25:50,311
  7556. was a company that reached out to me
  7557.  
  7558. 1651
  7559. 01:25:50,395 --> 01:25:52,480
  7560. December 15th, 2017...
  7561.  
  7562. 1652
  7563. 01:25:53,064 --> 01:25:56,860
  7564. with an offer
  7565. to the 2018 Masters tournament.
  7566.  
  7567. 1653
  7568. 01:25:56,943 --> 01:25:58,319
  7569. It was from a guy named Frank.
  7570.  
  7571. 1654
  7572. 01:25:58,403 --> 01:26:01,197
  7573. It just said,
  7574. "Hey, we've got these tickets
  7575.  
  7576. 1655
  7577. 01:26:01,281 --> 01:26:04,784
  7578. to the 2018 Masters.
  7579. It'd be great for you or your clients.
  7580.  
  7581. 1656
  7582. 01:26:05,160 --> 01:26:06,411
  7583. Let us know if you want."
  7584.  
  7585. 1657
  7586. 01:26:06,494 --> 01:26:10,123
  7587. And so I texted my friend Morgan,
  7588. "Did you guys get this Masters email?"
  7589.  
  7590. 1658
  7591. 01:26:10,206 --> 01:26:11,166
  7592. "Yeah. I got that too."
  7593.  
  7594. 1659
  7595. 01:26:11,249 --> 01:26:12,750
  7596. And so I'm like, okay, clearly
  7597.  
  7598. 1660
  7599. 01:26:12,834 --> 01:26:16,004
  7600. somebody's targeting
  7601. the Fyre Festival email list.
  7602.  
  7603. 1661
  7604. 01:26:17,422 --> 01:26:21,050
  7605. December 19th,
  7606. "Gift the gift of private flights."
  7607.  
  7608. 1662
  7609. 01:26:22,093 --> 01:26:26,055
  7610. December 21st, again from NYC VIP Access,
  7611.  
  7612. 1663
  7613. 01:26:26,139 --> 01:26:30,435
  7614. "Coachella 2018 VIP passes for $500.
  7615.  
  7616. 1664
  7617. 01:26:30,518 --> 01:26:33,646
  7618. "Please email me or call phone number
  7619. to reserve. Frank."
  7620.  
  7621. 1665
  7622. 01:26:34,105 --> 01:26:35,690
  7623. January 2nd,
  7624.  
  7625. 1666
  7626. 01:26:35,773 --> 01:26:40,486
  7627. "Meet Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato,
  7628. DJ Khaled, Taylor Swift and more.
  7629.  
  7630. 1667
  7631. 01:26:40,570 --> 01:26:42,864
  7632. We want to one-up
  7633. your New Year's resolutions
  7634.  
  7635. 1668
  7636. 01:26:42,947 --> 01:26:45,200
  7637. by making your dreams become a reality.
  7638.  
  7639. 1669
  7640. 01:26:45,283 --> 01:26:48,203
  7641. Please email or call to reserve. Frank."
  7642.  
  7643. 1670
  7644. 01:26:48,620 --> 01:26:50,246
  7645. "Burning Man, 2018."
  7646.  
  7647. 1671
  7648. 01:26:50,330 --> 01:26:52,498
  7649. "Courtside at MSG
  7650.  
  7651. 1672
  7652. 01:26:52,582 --> 01:26:54,125
  7653. and dinner with LeBron."
  7654.  
  7655. 1673
  7656. 01:26:54,209 --> 01:26:57,587
  7657. "Victoria Secret Fashion Show," "Met Gala,
  7658.  
  7659. 1674
  7660. 01:26:57,670 --> 01:26:59,422
  7661. red carpet and gala tickets.
  7662.  
  7663. 1675
  7664. 01:26:59,505 --> 01:27:02,133
  7665. Please email, text or call me to reserve.
  7666.  
  7667. 1676
  7668. 01:27:02,217 --> 01:27:04,552
  7669. First come, first serve. Frank."
  7670.  
  7671. 1677
  7672. 01:27:05,970 --> 01:27:06,971
  7673. So we're basically
  7674.  
  7675. 1678
  7676. 01:27:07,055 --> 01:27:10,975
  7677. selling 2018 Grammy tickets.
  7678. VIP Access, baby.
  7679.  
  7680. 1679
  7681. 01:27:12,435 --> 01:27:13,645
  7682. What's the next number?
  7683.  
  7684. 1680
  7685. 01:27:15,271 --> 01:27:18,650
  7686. I first started hearing
  7687. about the NYC VIP Access emails
  7688.  
  7689. 1681
  7690. 01:27:18,733 --> 01:27:19,651
  7691. in December.
  7692.  
  7693. 1682
  7694. 01:27:19,734 --> 01:27:23,029
  7695. When I realized that multiple people
  7696. who had attended the festival
  7697.  
  7698. 1683
  7699. 01:27:23,112 --> 01:27:24,906
  7700. were getting the emails,
  7701.  
  7702. 1684
  7703. 01:27:24,989 --> 01:27:27,951
  7704. that was when I really started
  7705. to look at it more seriously.
  7706.  
  7707. 1685
  7708. 01:27:28,409 --> 01:27:30,620
  7709. <i>Met Gala tickets can't be purchased</i>
  7710.  
  7711. 1686
  7712. 01:27:30,703 --> 01:27:34,290
  7713. <i>and anyone who attends has to be approved</i>
  7714. <i>by Anna Wintour in advance.</i>
  7715.  
  7716. 1687
  7717. 01:27:34,499 --> 01:27:37,210
  7718. <i>The Victoria's Secret Show</i>
  7719. <i>hadn't even been cast yet.</i>
  7720.  
  7721. 1688
  7722. 01:27:37,293 --> 01:27:39,754
  7723. <i>Taylor Swift,</i>
  7724. <i>she's very open about the fact</i>
  7725.  
  7726. 1689
  7727. 01:27:39,837 --> 01:27:41,464
  7728. <i>that she doesn't do meet-and-greets.</i>
  7729.  
  7730. 1690
  7731. 01:27:41,547 --> 01:27:43,967
  7732. <i>Burning Man told me</i>
  7733. <i>that they had not sold any tickets</i>
  7734.  
  7735. 1691
  7736. 01:27:44,050 --> 01:27:47,262
  7737. <i>and that there were no sponsors</i>
  7738. <i>who would have tickets available.</i>
  7739.  
  7740. 1692
  7741. 01:27:47,428 --> 01:27:50,014
  7742. <i>Pretty much everything that they offered</i>
  7743. <i>was debunked</i>
  7744.  
  7745. 1693
  7746. 01:27:50,098 --> 01:27:52,141
  7747. <i>through just a quick phone call</i>
  7748. <i>or a Google search.</i>
  7749.  
  7750. 1694
  7751. 01:27:59,607 --> 01:28:01,401
  7752. That's fucking hustling right here.
  7753.  
  7754. 1695
  7755. 01:28:02,652 --> 01:28:04,654
  7756. The first time I met Frank Tribble
  7757.  
  7758. 1696
  7759. 01:28:04,737 --> 01:28:06,364
  7760. was at the hotel. I had never seen him before
  7761.  
  7762. 1697
  7763. 01:28:08,157 --> 01:28:11,119
  7764. and usually the people
  7765. who are around Billy, I'm familiar with.
  7766.  
  7767. 1698
  7768. 01:28:11,202 --> 01:28:15,331
  7769. The strangest thing was
  7770. he actually had on a Magnises hat,
  7771.  
  7772. 1699
  7773. 01:28:15,415 --> 01:28:17,500
  7774. he had on, like, a Fyre sweater.
  7775.  
  7776. 1700
  7777. 01:28:17,834 --> 01:28:22,422
  7778. Frank is, I think, 22 or 23,
  7779. and Billy had reached out to him
  7780.  
  7781. 1701
  7782. 01:28:22,505 --> 01:28:24,716
  7783. and said, "I'm starting this company,
  7784.  
  7785. 1702
  7786. 01:28:24,799 --> 01:28:27,927
  7787. but I'm kind of in some hot water
  7788. related to Fyre Festival,
  7789.  
  7790. 1703
  7791. 01:28:28,011 --> 01:28:30,513
  7792. so I need you to be the face of it."
  7793.  
  7794. 1704
  7795. 01:28:30,596 --> 01:28:31,723
  7796. Hi, is this Zachary?
  7797.  
  7798. 1705
  7799. 01:28:32,515 --> 01:28:35,643
  7800. Zachary, this is Frank
  7801. calling from NYC VIP Access.
  7802.  
  7803. 1706
  7804. 01:28:35,727 --> 01:28:37,770
  7805. The reason I was actually
  7806. giving you a call,
  7807.  
  7808. 1707
  7809. 01:28:37,854 --> 01:28:41,566
  7810. the Grammys are gonna be held
  7811. in New York City on Sunday January 28th,
  7812.  
  7813. 1708
  7814. 01:28:41,649 --> 01:28:42,942
  7815. in Madison Square Garden,
  7816.  
  7817. 1709
  7818. 01:28:43,026 --> 01:28:45,320
  7819. and we're actually selling VIP tickets
  7820. for that event.
  7821.  
  7822. 1710
  7823. 01:28:45,445 --> 01:28:48,698
  7824. According to the FBI, 15 people gave him
  7825.  
  7826. 1711
  7827. 01:28:48,781 --> 01:28:51,159
  7828. over $100,000 for those tickets.
  7829.  
  7830. 1712
  7831. 01:28:51,451 --> 01:28:54,203
  7832. Josh, Frank is gonna call off the list.
  7833.  
  7834. 1713
  7835. 01:28:54,287 --> 01:28:56,331
  7836. If they don't pick up,
  7837. you send them an email.
  7838.  
  7839. 1714
  7840. 01:28:56,414 --> 01:28:58,583
  7841. I'll write a script for you right now,
  7842. okay?
  7843.  
  7844. 1715
  7845. 01:28:59,959 --> 01:29:01,210
  7846. What are you recording?
  7847.  
  7848. 1716
  7849. 01:29:02,795 --> 01:29:07,300
  7850. It's hard for me to say if these guys
  7851. didn't know what was going on.
  7852.  
  7853. 1717
  7854. 01:29:07,717 --> 01:29:11,929
  7855. But I also know that Billy is really good
  7856. at keeping a level of information...
  7857.  
  7858. 1718
  7859. 01:29:12,472 --> 01:29:13,931
  7860. below and above.
  7861.  
  7862. 1719
  7863. 01:29:14,432 --> 01:29:17,352
  7864. For every call,
  7865. call twice in a row if they don't pick up.
  7866.  
  7867. 1720
  7868. 01:29:17,894 --> 01:29:19,854
  7869. Everybody picks up on the second ring.
  7870.  
  7871. 1721
  7872. 01:29:24,734 --> 01:29:26,235
  7873. Let's cut for now. Thanks.
  7874.  
  7875. 1722
  7876. 01:29:27,153 --> 01:29:29,572
  7877. On June 12th, I published an article
  7878.  
  7879. 1723
  7880. 01:29:29,655 --> 01:29:32,658
  7881. outlining all the crossover
  7882. between Billy McFarland
  7883.  
  7884. 1724
  7885. 01:29:32,742 --> 01:29:34,452
  7886. and New York City VIP Access,
  7887.  
  7888. 1725
  7889. 01:29:34,952 --> 01:29:36,913
  7890. and about six hours later
  7891.  
  7892. 1726
  7893. 01:29:36,996 --> 01:29:41,000
  7894. Billy was rearrested and charged
  7895. with five felonies.
  7896.  
  7897. 1727
  7898. 01:29:41,334 --> 01:29:43,920
  7899. They included fraud, money laundering,
  7900.  
  7901. 1728
  7902. 01:29:44,337 --> 01:29:47,256
  7903. identity theft, and witness intimidation
  7904.  
  7905. 1729
  7906. 01:29:47,340 --> 01:29:51,177
  7907. after he warned at least two people
  7908. not to talk to the FBI
  7909.  
  7910. 1730
  7911. 01:29:51,260 --> 01:29:54,639
  7912. and to pretend that they were represented
  7913. by legal counsel
  7914.  
  7915. 1731
  7916. 01:29:54,722 --> 01:29:55,848
  7917. when they were not.
  7918.  
  7919. 1732
  7920. 01:29:58,518 --> 01:30:01,270
  7921. I mean, the idea of him doing this
  7922.  
  7923. 1733
  7924. 01:30:01,354 --> 01:30:04,065
  7925. while he's out on bail
  7926. is mind-blowing to me.
  7927.  
  7928. 1734
  7929. 01:30:04,148 --> 01:30:07,693
  7930. Because you're already
  7931. under the biggest microscope,
  7932.  
  7933. 1735
  7934. 01:30:07,777 --> 01:30:10,905
  7935. and then you're gonna go
  7936. and commit another scam.
  7937.  
  7938. 1736
  7939. 01:30:10,988 --> 01:30:15,118
  7940. Like, I just don't understand
  7941. why he didn't just stop.
  7942.  
  7943. 1737
  7944. 01:30:16,869 --> 01:30:19,205
  7945. <i>You said Billy asked you</i>
  7946. <i>about going, what...</i>
  7947.  
  7948. 1738
  7949. 01:30:19,288 --> 01:30:21,165
  7950. <i>What was he asking you about jail?</i>
  7951.  
  7952. 1739
  7953. 01:30:22,166 --> 01:30:26,379
  7954. Well, unfortunately,
  7955. I had a misstep in my past,
  7956.  
  7957. 1740
  7958. 01:30:26,462 --> 01:30:27,338
  7959. and, um...
  7960.  
  7961. 1741
  7962. 01:30:28,172 --> 01:30:30,508
  7963. I unfortunately experienced it.
  7964.  
  7965. 1742
  7966. 01:30:31,050 --> 01:30:32,802
  7967. And I was in there for two months.
  7968.  
  7969. 1743
  7970. 01:30:32,885 --> 01:30:36,639
  7971. And, you know, he just flat out asked me.
  7972. He was like, "What was it like?"
  7973.  
  7974. 1744
  7975. 01:30:36,722 --> 01:30:40,059
  7976. And I was like,
  7977. "It's 23/1 for the first seven days."
  7978.  
  7979. 1745
  7980. 01:30:40,143 --> 01:30:41,686
  7981. He was like, "What's 23/1?"
  7982.  
  7983. 1746
  7984. 01:30:42,270 --> 01:30:45,273
  7985. "You're in a fucking cell for 23 hours.
  7986.  
  7987. 1747
  7988. 01:30:45,815 --> 01:30:47,525
  7989. And then they let you out for one. You better stretch your legs,
  7990. walk around,
  7991.  
  7992. 1748
  7993. 01:30:49,861 --> 01:30:52,572
  7994. do whatever you need to do,
  7995. but you're in there
  7996.  
  7997. 1749
  7998. 01:30:52,780 --> 01:30:56,033
  7999. until you're processed. After that,
  8000. they put you where they need to put you,
  8001.  
  8002. 1750
  8003. 01:30:56,117 --> 01:30:58,119
  8004. until you get sent up north."
  8005.  
  8006. 1751
  8007. 01:30:58,202 --> 01:31:03,249
  8008. And I remember the energy off of him.
  8009. And it was just like...
  8010.  
  8011. 1752
  8012. 01:31:04,667 --> 01:31:08,379
  8013. That shit was so far away
  8014. from what he knew
  8015.  
  8016. 1753
  8017. 01:31:08,629 --> 01:31:10,798
  8018. and what he experienced in his life,
  8019.  
  8020. 1754
  8021. 01:31:10,882 --> 01:31:13,551
  8022. that the cognitive dissonance
  8023. just led him to say,
  8024.  
  8025. 1755
  8026. 01:31:13,634 --> 01:31:15,052
  8027. "I'm not going to jail."
  8028.  
  8029. 1756
  8030. 01:31:25,938 --> 01:31:27,440
  8031. I reflected on myself
  8032.  
  8033. 1757
  8034. 01:31:28,232 --> 01:31:30,818
  8035. and I was questioning
  8036. to what extent was I guilty,
  8037.  
  8038. 1758
  8039. 01:31:30,902 --> 01:31:33,237
  8040. to what extent
  8041. was I complicit in all of this.
  8042.  
  8043. 1759
  8044. 01:31:33,654 --> 01:31:36,491
  8045. And I looked back
  8046. at my posts on social media
  8047.  
  8048. 1760
  8049. 01:31:36,574 --> 01:31:39,285
  8050. and it was like
  8051. all beautiful beaches and sunsets.
  8052.  
  8053. 1761
  8054. 01:31:39,952 --> 01:31:41,037
  8055. You know? And...
  8056.  
  8057. 1762
  8058. 01:31:41,537 --> 01:31:44,582
  8059. And I was going
  8060. through the hardest experience of my life,
  8061.  
  8062. 1763
  8063. 01:31:44,665 --> 01:31:47,084
  8064. and yet if you had seen it,
  8065. you'd have been like,
  8066.  
  8067. 1764
  8068. 01:31:47,168 --> 01:31:48,669
  8069. "Wow, what a great life this guy leads.
  8070.  
  8071. 1765
  8072. 01:31:48,753 --> 01:31:51,964
  8073. He's living in the Bahamas,
  8074. going to beaches all day."
  8075.  
  8076. 1766
  8077. 01:31:52,048 --> 01:31:55,635
  8078. And Fyre shows what happens
  8079. when you take that to an extreme.
  8080.  
  8081. 1767
  8082. 01:31:58,137 --> 01:32:01,599
  8083. I've said this multiple times -
  8084. the real Fyre Festival happened twice.
  8085.  
  8086. 1768
  8087. 01:32:01,682 --> 01:32:02,767
  8088. It was the shoots.
  8089.  
  8090. 1769
  8091. 01:32:03,643 --> 01:32:06,354
  8092. What the commercial was
  8093. was what everybody wanted.
  8094.  
  8095. 1770
  8096. 01:32:06,437 --> 01:32:07,480
  8097. The shoots were parties.
  8098.  
  8099. 1771
  8100. 01:32:07,897 --> 01:32:10,900
  8101. It just happened to happen for 60 people
  8102. versus 6,000.
  8103.  
  8104. 1772
  8105. 01:32:12,193 --> 01:32:13,152
  8106. It was epic.
  8107.  
  8108. 1773
  8109. 01:32:13,236 --> 01:32:17,031
  8110. It was nothing I never saw before
  8111. in my whole entire life. Like...
  8112.  
  8113. 1774
  8114. 01:32:17,114 --> 01:32:20,368
  8115. I'm from the Bahamas, man.
  8116. We're used to small island stuff.
  8117.  
  8118. 1775
  8119. 01:32:20,451 --> 01:32:24,330
  8120. That was like... That put me up
  8121. on a new level, a higher level.
  8122.  
  8123. 1776
  8124. 01:32:25,373 --> 01:32:28,501
  8125. We're living in this
  8126. influencers society, you know?
  8127.  
  8128. 1777
  8129. 01:32:28,584 --> 01:32:31,796
  8130. Everybody wants to have this online clout,
  8131.  
  8132. 1778
  8133. 01:32:31,879 --> 01:32:34,090
  8134. people want to have access
  8135.  
  8136. 1779
  8137. 01:32:34,173 --> 01:32:36,259
  8138. and they want exclusivity.
  8139.  
  8140. 1780
  8141. 01:32:36,968 --> 01:32:40,429
  8142. Fyre was basically, like,
  8143. Instagram coming to life.
  8144.  
  8145. 1781
  8146. 01:32:40,513 --> 01:32:42,932
  8147. It actually dovetails
  8148. really interestingly with
  8149.  
  8150. 1782
  8151. 01:32:43,015 --> 01:32:45,184
  8152. just random news stories
  8153. that have come out since.
  8154.  
  8155. 1783
  8156. 01:32:45,268 --> 01:32:47,395
  8157. I was reading about a company in Russia
  8158.  
  8159. 1784
  8160. 01:32:47,478 --> 01:32:51,649
  8161. that now will sell people
  8162. like three hours to do a photo shoot
  8163.  
  8164. 1785
  8165. 01:32:51,732 --> 01:32:54,026
  8166. on a private jet
  8167. that's just parked on the tarmac.
  8168.  
  8169. 1786
  8170. 01:32:54,110 --> 01:32:55,611
  8171. They never actually leave,
  8172.  
  8173. 1787
  8174. 01:32:55,695 --> 01:32:58,155
  8175. but they get to take the picture
  8176. looking out the window,
  8177.  
  8178. 1788
  8179. 01:32:58,239 --> 01:33:00,533
  8180. and pretending that they're living
  8181. this lifestyle.
  8182.  
  8183. 1789
  8184. 01:33:00,616 --> 01:33:03,452
  8185. And, like, they're successful.
  8186. People are using it.
  8187.  
  8188. 1790
  8189. 01:33:03,786 --> 01:33:07,456
  8190. Billy seemed really invested
  8191. in that whole lifestyle.
  8192.  
  8193. 1791
  8194. 01:33:07,790 --> 01:33:11,419
  8195. Yo, I wanna say happy birthday
  8196. to my brother,
  8197.  
  8198. 1792
  8199. 01:33:11,502 --> 01:33:15,756
  8200. my partner Billy in the building.
  8201. Happy birthday, Billy.
  8202.  
  8203. 1793
  8204. 01:33:15,965 --> 01:33:19,468
  8205. I think it was important to him
  8206. not just to be on a plane with a model,
  8207.  
  8208. 1794
  8209. 01:33:19,552 --> 01:33:21,804
  8210. but to feel like that was his life.
  8211.  
  8212. 1795
  8213. 01:33:21,887 --> 01:33:24,765
  8214. That he belonged there.
  8215. And not because he owns Fyre,
  8216.  
  8217. 1796
  8218. 01:33:24,849 --> 01:33:26,434
  8219. but because that's who he was.
  8220.  
  8221. 1797
  8222. 01:33:26,892 --> 01:33:29,770
  8223. He was completely out of his depth,
  8224. and he's,
  8225.  
  8226. 1798
  8227. 01:33:29,854 --> 01:33:33,107
  8228. unfortunately for himself,
  8229. a compulsive liar.
  8230.  
  8231. 1799
  8232. 01:33:33,941 --> 01:33:37,278
  8233. And someone that at the end, you know,
  8234. should be held accountable.
  8235.  
  8236. 1800
  8237. 01:33:38,779 --> 01:33:40,656
  8238. He has a massive debt,
  8239.  
  8240. 1801
  8241. 01:33:40,740 --> 01:33:43,659
  8242. not just to the people who invested
  8243. or to the concert-goers.
  8244.  
  8245. 1802
  8246. 01:33:43,743 --> 01:33:46,037
  8247. I think he has a larger debt
  8248. to the employees
  8249.  
  8250. 1803
  8251. 01:33:46,120 --> 01:33:48,456
  8252. that were reporting and working with him.
  8253.  
  8254. 1804
  8255. 01:33:48,789 --> 01:33:51,542
  8256. The only way, in my opinion,
  8257. a guy like this learns his lesson
  8258.  
  8259. 1805
  8260. 01:33:51,626 --> 01:33:53,085
  8261. is actually going to jail.
  8262.  
  8263. 1806
  8264. 01:33:55,254 --> 01:33:58,299
  8265. I don't think that we've heard
  8266. the last of Billy McFarland.
  8267.  
  8268. 1807
  8269. 01:33:58,382 --> 01:34:00,384
  8270. I mean, if there's anything
  8271. that guy is good at,
  8272.  
  8273. 1808
  8274. 01:34:00,468 --> 01:34:02,762
  8275. it's separating consumers from their cash.
  8276.  
  8277. 1809
  8278. 01:34:02,845 --> 01:34:05,097
  8279. And if there's anything that this country
  8280.  
  8281. 1810
  8282. 01:34:05,181 --> 01:34:07,224
  8283. celebrates more than that, I don't know.
  8284.  
  8285. 1811
  8286. 01:34:08,643 --> 01:34:12,605
  8287. Billy has a presence where, you
  8288. know, there's something behind the smile.
  8289.  
  8290. 1812
  8291. 01:34:13,773 --> 01:34:15,816
  8292. I wouldn't be surprised
  8293. if ten years down the line,
  8294.  
  8295. 1813
  8296. 01:34:15,900 --> 01:34:17,360
  8297. we're hearing about Billy McFarland
  8298.  
  8299. 1814
  8300. 01:34:17,443 --> 01:34:19,654
  8301. starting some kind
  8302. of other venture that's...
  8303.  
  8304. 1815
  8305. 01:34:19,737 --> 01:34:21,781
  8306. you know, imaginative and, uh, and gets some serious momentum
  8307.  
  8308. 1816
  8309. 01:34:24,700 --> 01:34:27,328
  8310. and, you know,
  8311. this all happens in some form again.
  8312.  
  8313. 1817
  8314. 01:34:59,026 --> 01:34:59,944
  8315. It's Billy!
  8316.  
  8317. 1818
  8318. 01:35:01,070 --> 01:35:02,196
  8319. What's up, Billy?
  8320.  
  8321. 1819
  8322. 01:35:03,114 --> 01:35:05,282
  8323. I'm in front of the cameraman.
  8324. I'm talking--
  8325.  
  8326. 1820
  8327. 01:35:05,574 --> 01:35:06,992
  8328. I'm good.
  8329.  
  8330. 1821
  8331. 01:35:08,285 --> 01:35:11,539
  8332. Yeah. I'm putting in some good words.
  8333.  
  8334. 1822
  8335. 01:35:12,415 --> 01:35:14,917
  8336. You want me to say anything
  8337. on the camera for you?
  8338.  
  8339. 1823
  8340. 01:35:17,128 --> 01:35:17,962
  8341. All right.
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