Desert Dwellers consists of Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe, who began their careers as independent music producers and DJs in the deserts of New Mexico and California. Coming together in the late ’90s after connecting through the legendary Moontribe scene, today the duo enjoys a reputation as one of the most pioneering and prolific downtempo, psy-bass, and tribal trance acts in the United States. Desert Dwellers have toured extensively across six continents, spent a 7-week stretch on the road with renowned psychedelic artist Shpongle, and have performed at dozens of festivals, most notably Shambhala, Lightning in a Bottle, Envision, Coachella, Rainbow Serpent, and Boom. Taking a new approach to digital production, Amani and Treavor have combined the raw sounds of the natural world while skillfully blended deep bass, earthy percussion, etheric voices and cross-cultural instrumentation into sonic incense for the mind and body. Bringing the electronic music vibe to the yoga scene, and the sounds of yoga to the electronic dance scene, Desert Dwellers’ global sounds are the bridge between the worlds of dance and movement.
With the live show, Desert Dwellers join forces with the powerful vocalist Meagan Chandler, who is the voice featured on tracks like Seeing Things, Trail of Nomads, The Great Mystery and many others. Along with many additional musicians, aerialists, and fire dancers, the live show brings the duo’s catalog to life with thrilling performances, wild re-interpretations, and breathtaking choreography.
Desert Dwellers has been blessed to collaborate with an amazingly talented group of producers like Rara Avis and Craig Kohland (co-producers DownTemple Dub Waves & Flames), Michael Stearns (co-producer on Stratosphere), Sattva Ananda, and Jonathan Grossman on various projects. They have also worked closely in the studio with many musicians over the years including Meagan Chandler, Ixchel Prisma, Nicolle Jensen, Sarah West, Michael Kott, Hannah Theim, Paul Livingstone, Alex King-Harris, Domonic Dean Breaux, Yamuna Wali, and Ricardin, all incredible masters of their various musical traditions and transmissions. Desert Dwellers have produced remixes for artists such as Eat Static, Gaudi, An-Ten-Nae, AtYyA, Kalya Scintilla, Bird of Prey, Kaya Project, Adham Shaikh, Karsh Kale, Lulacruza, Deep Forest, David Starfire, Deya Dova, Girish, Donna DeLory, Deva Premal, Jai Uttal, and many others.
Hailing from the southwest region of the United States, Amani Friend has been a unique fixture in the underground electronic music scene, seasoned by over two decades of studio production and performance. From his early days at remote desert gatherings, to his constant touring of clubs and music festivals with world renowned downtempo sensation Desert Dwellers, his career has traversed many musical styles and genres. Blending world music with cutting-edge sound design, Amani Friend has amassed an enormous catalog between his projects Desert Dwellers, Liquid Bloom, and Variant Field. Traveling the international festival circuit and staying on the road with a jam-packed schedule, Amani continues to bring his alchemy of ancient-future psychedelia to dance floors around the globe. Equally adept at sonically fueling the spirit of large yoga classes or high-energy dance floors, Amani’s sonic offerings provide a journey into the imaginative realms of movement and sound.
Treavor Moontribe is one of the founders of the Los Angeles based “Moontribe Collective” and its legendary full moon desert gatherings. Since 1993, these events have been at the core of Southern California’s underground electronic music scene. Treavor established himself as one of the top Djs in LA thru these events and has since traveled the world from Brazil to Japan, Egypt, Australia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, The EU, all over North America and many more. As a Dj it’s always been his diversity that’s set him apart from his peers. His love for music spans multiple genres and his DJing reflects this as he is just as known for Techno/House as he is Psy Trance, Downtempo and various other forms of electronic music. In 2009 Treavor became the first American label DJ for Denmark based Iboga Records and released a compilation for them called Set9: Desert Selections. The compilation was an instant hit topping the psy trance chart on Beatport and the CD chart at PsyShop.com. In December 2011 Treavor joined the Neurobiotic Records family with his debut compilation called “Neuro:Minded” feat. Psy Trance songs from legendary artists like Dickster, Logica, The Commercial Hippies, Flip Flop, Polaris, and more.