Writer Nancy Semin interviewed John Dial, founder
of FluffertraX porn music site and participant
in the South By Southwest Interactive Festival.
Nancy Semin: Where did you get the idea for your web site?
John Dial: I helped start student
radio at UT (University of Texas at Austin) and I was always
into funky music and having a little exposure to porn I just
thought you know, this music is so awesome, you never hear
it anywhere. I didnít have the idea for the web site initially.
I wanted to have a radio show but I couldnít get anybody to
buy it, because itís controversial, and then streaming came
around, MP3 came around, and I guessÖ Micro65 came around,
and it just kind of happened by accident. I had been buying
the music for 10 years, and had no outlet for it.
NS: What is your interest in porn?
JD: My interest in porn is mostly the music. I mean the porn
is fun. On my porn site I like software, I donít know, I just
like the music, itís just a thing. But what happened is I
started to buy the music and I started to realize, itís so
different. Itís not just 1970s genre porn; you know that kind
of music which is what I thought it was. Thereís Italian,
thereís German, thereís 1960s, now itís more hip-hop.
NS: We now have a genre called ďclassic porn.Ē Your game
features what kind of music? Recent, or newer porn music?
JD: Yeah, itís a mix. I have a bunch, I have ďBehind the
Green Door,Ē and then I have ďThe Candy Cottage,Ē thatís a
new kindÖ itís almost like dance music. Some guys called Klondike,
theyíre in England. They found out about FluffertraX, emailed
me, sent me their music. It was great. I had their soundtrack
before the movie was even out.
NS: How successful are the participants who play FluffertraX?
What are the chances of winning?
JD: To be honest, I get emails from people, and most people
are doing one out of three, soÖ thatís pretty good. Thatís
all right. But I also have high scores, and things like that
later, so players can get more interactive with it.
NS: What do you think your web site says about the ubiquity
of porn in America? Do you think weíre a nation of pornographers?
JD: Yeah, to some degree. I think repression breeds obsession,
you know? So I think weíre big consumers. Iíd say that. But
I also think that subcultures like porn, they bleed into the
main status quo, and I think thatís happening. I heard that
Jenna Davison or someone like that is doing Nike ads
NS: Right, that was in The New York Times.
JD: Yeah, that to me is more interesting because it means
the bleeding is happening. So maybe in 10 years it wonít be
any big deal. I donít know. Weíll see.
NS: Youíve received a lot of media attention in Rolling
Stone, talk showsÖ
JD: Mostly radio shows.
NS: Radio shows. Have you received a lot of negative press?
Have you received a lot of flak about this from right wingers?
JD: I thought that I would. Thatís why I used the handle
DJ von Yanovich initially, because I was worried. Because
I have a day job and stuff, and I havenít had anything. And
I get emails every week from all over the world and people
love it. So I donít know. I mean, Iím sure itís out there,
but nobodyís talking. My contention is look, itís just music.
Iíve kept it about that, and they can always turn the channel.