Desert Dwellers

 v Origins: The desert, United States
Styles: Chillout, trance
Discography: Over 60 releases
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Web Site: desertdwellers.org/
One of the interesting sub-genres of world fusion music is what I will call “festival trance.” A favorite at outdoor festivals, It blends tribal and spiritual music with ethereal modern electronics, played sometimes with a harder edge but usually going for an extended mellow groove. Shpongle is perhaps the most widely known of this genre but Desert Dwellers is a prolific, hard-working festival band well deserving of fame.

Desert Dwellers is a longtime collaboration between electronic musicians Amani Friend & Treavor Moontribe which often includes Rara Avis and Craig Kohland of Shaman’s Dream and about a dozen other artists. Desert Dwellers inhabit two overlapping spheres–using the Internet to collaborate and experiment with a range of artists and gracing the crowds of tribal dance rituals at magical locations deep within the vast expanse of the New Mexico, Mojave, and Black Rock Deserts. In both spheres  they blend the modern edge of electronica with the ancient sounds of cultures past to create inspiring downtempo spiritual grooves. Their vibe is more tune in than zone out–undeniably spiritual, skillfully blending deep bass, earthy percussion, etheric voices and culture-crossing instrumentation into a sonic incense for mind and body.

Desert Dwellers are almost impossibly prolific. They have taken full advantage of the marketing and distribution possibilities of the Internet and are continually making new music with a new EP or full-length release of original songs or remixes right around the corner. If you hang out in Santa Fe, New Mexico, you won’t have to wait long for a Desert Dwellers concert.

Desert Dwellers

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