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This month Melt Shake is hosting a family reunion! We welcome Desert Dwellers back to Santa Fe for a post Thanksgiving celebration.
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.
PartyWave is an emerging artist in forward-thinking bass music. Displaying a large range of styles in his production, his DJ sets are full of diversity and energetic vibes. His music carries an array of bass, melody, and a unique way of merging genres together to create a new, fresh sound. While being inspired by all ‘genres’ of music, his background brings in a fresh twist to his production.
Because of Adem’s mindful attention to research and detail of EDM, he set the tone for Nu-Skool and Tribal Breakbeat style music in New Mexico, back in the olden days of ’99. At the age of 18 He landed his first residency at local after hours hot spot, The Dragons Empire in Albuquerque, NM, because of how well he held it down with the inner selekta. On a weekly basis Adem captivated his audiences with a coined sound of funky chunky mixing styles all the while building up a fierce reputation in the southwest EDM scene. In 2003, Family Moons Collective invited Adem to join their DJ Roster and it made such an impact on his career that he started to produce his own music.
Adem’ live dj sets are so powerful and journey inspiring that he has been graced with the opportunity to share his musical gifts at multiple music festivals in the U.S. such as Arise Festival in Colorado, Firefly Gatherings and The Gem and Jam Festival in Arizona, and Symbiosis Gatherings in Northern California.
Reared among the three cultures of Brazil, Mexico and the U.S., Poranguí was steeped in various traditional forms of music, healing and ceremony since birth. Drawing from his cross-cultural background and ethnomusicology training at Duke University, Poranguí has over fifteen years of international work experience as an artist, musician, educator, filmmaker, consultant and therapist, utilizing the healing properties of sound and movement to foster our individual and collective well being.
As a live musician, world soul artist and one-man orchestra Poranguí weaves ancestral songs and indigenous rhythms from around the globe. Creating his performances from scratch using looping technology, Poranguí’s live grooves range from meditative to dance party, moving the body, lifting the spirit, and transcending the divide between performer and audience. An evening with Poranguí might take you on a journey from deep, earthy didgeridoo grooves to high-vibe ecstatic Brazilian beats to blissful African kalimba lullabies. Serenades and storytelling to beat boxing and booty shaking: Together, these make an unforgettable experience.
Poranguí has traveled and performed internationally with renowned artists, with highlights including a European tour, recording with the BBC in London at the Jazz Café and the PBS Singer-Songwriter Series, plus performing as the featured artist for SXSW Yoga Soundscapes Series. In sound design and media production, Poranguí recently worked with director Mitch Schultz (“DMT: The Spirit Molecule”) and executive producer, Aubrey Marcus on “Ayahuasca”, a documentary set in the Amazon. The soundtrack to this film, released in 2016, is Poranguí’s debut solo album.
Amanda Marks, also known as Violin Girl, is a professional electric violinist, vocalist, and recording artist who has graced the stages of music festivals, clubs, and venues nationally and overseas. She takes tracks, often being mixed by DJs, and improvises over them on the electric violin, thus infusing electronic music with live instrumentation and lots of love.
Amanda’s performance experience runs the gamut from transformational festivals like Burning Man, Lucidity Festival, Envision Festival, and Northern Nights Music Festival; international appearances in Amsterdam, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, and Canada; and high-profile venues like the Mixmag Lab Los Angeles, Public Works, Couture, King King, and 1015 Folsom. She currently holds residencies at Drai’s Beach Club in Las Vegas and Spin Nightclub in San Diego.
Her first official release comes as a featuring in Deep Tribe’s remix of Freddy Be’s “Holding Back,” which was released on the Perspectives Digital label, reached #76 on the Top 100 charts, and has been supported by the likes of Darin Epsilon, Maya Jane Coles, Soul Button, Matt Darey, Oliver Schories, Erin Sharoni of DJ Mag USA, and more.
Not only is Amanda a rapidly rising star in the music scene, but she has grown her performance business with showcases at weddings, corporate events, and other types of private parties. Her ability to play by ear allows her to learn, in a matter of minutes, absolutely any song that clients or guests might want to hear! Her clients include Nordstrom’s, The Four Seasons, The Palazzo, Caesar’s Palace, The Bellagio, The Marriott, The Cromwell, Green Valley Ranch, The Godfrey, TechCrunch, BioTech, Wilson Dow Group, AWG, Milhouse Engineering, and more.