Desert Dwellers consists of Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe; together they are one of the most pioneering and prolific downtempo artists hailing from the United States, having produced numerous full length albums, remixed albums, and EPs for labels like Black Swan, Twisted, Six Degrees, Iboga and their own label Desert Trax, to name a few. After their initial success of the “DownTemple Dub” series, and spending the past three years at some of the most prominent international music festivals, Desert Dwellers began 2014 with a massive 7 week tour across the United States opening for world renowned Twisted Records artist Shpongle, followed by a full summer of festivals including Boom (Portugal), Shambhala (Canada), Atmosphere (Israel), Burning Man, Coachella, and countless others across North America. They are currently finishing a new album called “The Great Mystery” which will be released in early 2015, and planning extensive touring through Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America, and Canada in 2015.
Taking a new approach on digital production, the main members Amani & Treavor have combined the raw sounds of the natural world with skillfully blended deep bass, earthy percussion, etheric voices and culture crossing instrumentation into sonic incense for the mind and body. With this blend of dance tracks and down tempo sounds they have enabled themselves to give a heightened sense of being to listeners through their musical medium. Desert Dwellers are one of the foremost influences in a genre that they basically expanded from the ground up to be where it’s at today. With a blend of a variety of sources that have been composed to form a heavily weaved set of sounds that coincide in perfect harmony together Desert Dwellers has established themselves in not only their home area of Southern California and New Mexico but across the globe.
Bringing the electronic bass music vibe to the yoga scene, and the sounds of yoga to the electronic dance scene, Desert Dwellers’ global sounds are the bridge between worlds. Joining solid groove with sounds of serenity, their signature aesthetic feels as natural on the dance floor as it does after hours or on the mat. Due in no small part to Desert Dwellers’ pioneering spirit, the very concept of chill-out and sacred bass music has expanded dramatically. These sound alchemists offer cutting edge techniques that blend the modern edge of electronica with ancient and organic sounds, offering a spellbinding hybrid with echoes of our tribal past and future. The result has been the prolific production of genre blending dance tracks and downtempo grooves that make for truly memorable listening experiences.
Desert Dwellers was initially created out of a collaboration in the late 90′s between electronic music pioneers Amani Friend & Treavor Moontribe (aka Amani vs Teapot). The group has their roots in the Southern California dance collective known as Moontribe, famous in the electronic underground for organizing dance rituals at magical locations deep within the vast expanses of Southern California and New Mexico deserts. Desert Dwellers has been blessed to collaborate with an amazingly talented group of producers like Rara Avis, Craig Kohland, Michael Stearns, Sattva Ananda, and Jonathan Grossman on various co-production projects. They have also worked closely in the studio with many musicians over the years including Rara Avis (Yogi Tunes), Craig Kohland (Shaman’s Dream), Paul Livingstone, Sarah West, Michael Kott, Ixchel Meow, Meagan Chandler, Nicolle Jensen, Domonic Dean Breaux, Yamuna Wali, and Ricardin, all incredible masters of their various musical traditions and transmissions. Desert Dwellers have done remixes for Adham Shaikh, Kalya Scintilla, Bird of Prey, Kaya Project, Karsh Kale, Deep Forest, David Starfire, Deya Dova, Girish, Donna DeLory, Deva Premal, Jai Uttal, and many other underground electronic artists. Desert Dwellers have been blowing up all over the map lately with international appearances all over the world including Australia, Europe, Egypt, Guatemala, Mexico, and North America. Over the past couple years they have appeared at some of the top music festivals like Boom, Shambhala, Lightening in a Bottle, Burning Man, Symbiosis, Australia Eclipse, The Great Convergence, Enchanted Forest, Beloved, Photosynthesis, Earthdance, and Wanderlust.