Two DJs and independent producers band together to create mind-blowing tribal trance music under the moniker Desert Dwellers, the desert being where they found their name inspiration back in the ’90s. In their most recent release, Breath ReImagined Volume 1, Desert Dwellers have brought their meditative mixes back to life with new producers. 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.
From Europe to Hawaii, Desert Dwellers deliver a magic blend of prolific beats and mystic tempos that send listeners straight to enlightenment. The two behind these beats gave a little behind-the-scenes knowledge on the latest release.
1. Desert Dwellers, tell us a little about that name and what it meant for you guys when you first came together as a pair. Has that meaning changed at all for you?
We both got involved in the electronic music scene in the early ’90s. Each of us began organizing all night gatherings out in the expanse of the deserts under the stars, Treavor in the Mojave Desert of California with the Moontribe Collective and Amani in the high deserts of New Mexico with the Cosmic Kidz collective. Eventually, the two collectives started mingling and cross pollinating in the later ’90s and traveling between California and New Mexico. There was a lot of nomadic energy and long road trips between all these various Desert raves. Add the Black Rock desert and Burning Man factor into that mix, and we naturally came up with the name Desert Dwellers, as it really captured the energy of that time for us and is still just as relevant today as it was back then.
2. You’re heading to Hawaii soon for Thrive Fest, who are some other artists you’re excited to see?
We are stoked to see Chris Berry again, who is an incredible African musician. Chris was one of Amani’s teachers from music school in the mid ’90s and they also had a live music project called Blue Tribe as well. So this will be a fun reunion. Chris is also the founder of Flow Fest which has morphed into Thrive Fest this year.
3. Can you talk a little bit about the production process for the Breath ReImagined mixes?
While we were working on the original album “Breath,” we knew that the nature of that material was begging to be remixed into many different styles and genres because the tracks were focused on organic instruments, world vocals, and original studio tracking sessions. The Breath album was produced as the fourth in the series of DownTemple Dub releases, with the first three being Waves (Water), Flames (Fire), and Roots (Earth). So we always had the vision the Breath album (Wind) would turn into several volumes of remixes, from Psychedelic Bass and Downtempo to house and uptempo reworkings. For the first volume of remixes, we wanted to reach out to a wide range up upcoming as well as seasoned producers from as many countries and corners of the planet to bring the world together in unity and to also cover a wide range of sub styles within that genre, from Halftime, to Glitch, to Bass, to Psy Dub and Ambient Dub.
4. How did you choose the other artists to remix these tracks alongside?
This roster of producers was carefully curated by us, and most all of these guys have become good friends of ours over the years and are producers we pay attention to, as this scene has been developing. There’s also a lot of new talent that have never remixed Desert Dwellers before, so that’s really exciting for us and for them as well.
5. If you could have any another artist remix one of your tracks, who would you choose?
6. Who’s the artist behind the album art, and what’s the inspiration?
Our main designer we work with for most of the Desert Trax covers is named Gonzalo from Mexico (Abzzolum Design). For this, we asked him to “remix” the original Breath Album and make it feel like “unity” and to bring as many things together as one cohesive offering.
7. What’s your favorite city to perform in and why?
Denver because Red Rocks!
Desert Dwellers are once again traveling the U.S. to bring their set to life for a Spring 2020 tour with the following dates: