Live Stage

Luminate Festival 2017

Desert Dwellers

United States


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. Skillfully blending deep bass, earthy percussion, etheric voices and culture-crossing instrumentation into a sonic incense for mind and body, Desert Dwellers offers a spellbinding hybrid with echoes of our tribal past and future.

These two sound alchemists offer cutting edge techniques that blend the modern edge of electronica with the ancient sounds of cultures past. The result has been the prolific production of genre blending dance tracks and downtempo grooves that make for truly memorable listening experiences.

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 released over a dozen full length albums, several DD remixed albums, as well as countless singles, EPs and remixes for labels like Black Swan, Twisted, Six Degrees, Iboga and their own label Desert Trax, to name a few.

The Desert Dwellers have 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 have done remixes for Banco de Gaia, Kalya Scintilla, Temple Step Project, Bird of Prey, Kaya Project, Adham Shaikh, Deya Dova, and many other underground electronic artists. Desert Dwellers have been showing up all over the map lately with international appearances all over the world including Australia, Europe, Egypt, Guatemala, Mexico, and North America.

Also check out the DJ sets from Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe, along with Amani's other project Liquid Bloom at Luminate 2017.



Live Stage 2017

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  • Ryanosaurus
  • Sixis
  • The Alpaca Social Club
  • Formidable Vegetable Sound System
  • Mad Hallelujah Tribe
  • Dubarray
  • Hypnotech
  • Bearfoot
  • Cheshire Grimm
  • Sunny Ray & Friends
  • Deya Dova
  • MudWood and the Earth Tribe Ensemble
  • The Imprints
  • Hunter de Luz ( Karen Hunter )
  • Tamani
  • The Link
  • Acapollinations
  • Desert Dwellers
  • Rosie MissChief Band
  • Sika
  • Kallidad

Luminate: to shine light, elevate spiritual consciousness, put a smile on your face; earth friendly festival of music, art, culture, intentional community, sustainability, celebration and inspiration; celebrating the ancient festival of Lughnasadgh, midway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. Luminate Festival Educational and Spiritual Trust. Registered Charity CC43938