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Desert Dwellers needs your support to fund a new amazing album and live show that we will take on tour and further connect with fans!
Desert Dwellers needs your support to fund a new amazing album and live show that we will take on tour and further connect with fans!
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ABOUT THIS KICKSTARTER PROJECT

Unification. That's why Desert Dwellers started this kickstarter project. Our mission is to create a new album that will, for the first time, combine the talents of all three core members of the group. We want this album to be the perfect blend of the spacious ethnic yoga dub worlds that Amani and Rara create, with the cutting edge electronic soundscapes that Amani and Treavor create. As always, this album will defy genres or labels and fit perfectly in the newest wave of ethnic midtempo bass music … the emerging genre known as Psy-Step.

This Kickstarter campaign exists to make this new album and live set a reality …. not in the virtual world that Desert Dwellers has utilized so well for past collaborations … but in REAL TIME & SPACE (what a concept!). From the material on this new album, we then want to have rehearsal time together and form a tight knit trio that we can go on tour with … continuing to bring in many amazing guest singers and musicians to perform with the core trio from time to time.

All of this takes time and money.  So the only way to make this happen is for our loyal fans (who have loved our music for years) to come together and support this kickstarter project! We really want to take Desert Dwellers to a new level and rock the world, and we hope you do to! With your support we can get there!!

ABOUT THE DESERT DWELLERS

Skillfully blending deep bass, trance inducing electronica, 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.

For over a decade, Desert Dwellers has been pumping out some of the most cherished music in the downtempo, chill out and yoga scenes. Their ongoing DownTemple Dub series has captivated listeners across the globe, many who continue to hit 'repeat' on these groundbreaking albums for years after they were created.

But as dedicated fans of Desert Dwellers know by now, this group is a bit of an enigma because the 3 main producers of this music all live in different locations throughout the Southwest and West Coast …. connected only by the internet and a similar vision of consciousness raising electronic music. So for a fan of this music wanting to hear it live, it has often been a rare circumstance and usually just a solo dj set by one of the members.

Originally founded by Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe (also known for their famed electronic project Amani vs Teapot), Desert Dwellers initially grew out of a real-time studio collaboration that took place in New Mexico in the late 90s and early 00s … whenever Treavor would DJ out in New Mexico. As the project continued and expanded to include Rara Avis and the yoga connections of Craig Kohland, everyone involved continued to live in different locations; internet speeds continued to increase and the music continued to manifest itself in a multitude of forms; the Desert Dwellers catalog continued to grow and expand … gaining many loyal fans and listeners along the way. Up until 2011, Desert Dwellers has generally been separated as two different collaborations with the same name; one between Amani and Treavor, and the other between Amani and Rara. But as the need to take this virtual studio project to a new elevated level of exposure and gigging continues to present itself, the focus this past year has greatly shifted for all three to unify their talents together and create a new platform for this collaboration for 2012 and beyond.

HOW YOUR MONEY WILL HELP

It may seem at first like we are asking for a lot of money to get Desert Dwellers to this new level, but in reality it is not that much when you consider all the factors and areas we want this money to go to:   

  • Working together in the studio (travel, food, accommodation)   
  • Album production (mastering, graphic design, duplication)   
  • Equipment upgrades (just the basics to get the live set rocking)   
  • Rehearsal time (travel, food, accommodation)   
  • Website re-design and content management system   
  • Merchandising (t-shirts, etc)

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS

Kickstarter uses an all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. In other words, if we don’t raise our goal of $10,000 we don't get anything. Once we have reached our goal, we will be able to send out our kickstarter surveys for everyone to complete their contact information and details, so that we can send you your rewards!

ABOUT THE REWARDS

In addition to getting the new Desert Dwellers album that you are helping to fund, you can also get the newest UNRELEASED Desert Dwellers Remix albums (before ANYONE else can get them), many of the previous Desert Dwellers releases, a personalized version ('remix') of one of the songs from the new album, a guest pass and dinner with us the next time we are in your area, a limited edition T-Shirt, a personal thank you in the liner notes of the new album, and either a DJ Set or even the entire group to come and play for you!!

UPCOMING REMIX ALBUMS !! get them before everyone else does! Desert Dwellers is releasing THREE remix albums in 2012! the first is DOWNTEMPLE DUB REMIXED on White Swan Records on April 3rd. after that we release two more over the summer called RECALIBRATED vol 1 & vol 2. These albums are truly cutting edge ... featuring some of the finest remixers and producers from around the globe, including Kaminanda, Kalya Scintilla, Love and Light, Bird of Prey, Drumspyder, Duke Mushroom, Eccodek, Aes Dana, EarthRise SoundSystem, and many many more .....

EXCLUSIVE REMIX FROM THE ALBUM. we will create a personalized version of one of the tracks from the new album JUST FOR YOU! so if you want a spacious and ambient version of a song for Yoga class, or a more upbeat version of a track to get your groove on ... you let us know and we'll create your unique remix!

PAST DESERT DWELLERS RELEASES! we have many full length albums to choose from in our back catalog. If you are one of hard core fans and have all of these already, then we will go out of our way to make sure and find material in our catalog that you do not have yet!

HOW TO PLEDGE

Click the  “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked to choose your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You will only be charged once the project is successfully funded.

WHAT IF WE DON'T REACH OUR GOAL?

If funding fails, all pledges are canceled and we don't get anything. Donors are not charged until the project is successfully funded. If we don't reach our goal, you will not be charged.

CONTACT US - We can be reached at music@desertdwellers.org

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    2 hour private lesson from one of the Desert Dwellers band members, focused on digital music composition, mixing and mastering. Lessons can cover how to's in either Logic Pro and/or Ableton Live. Distance work will be offered through Skype w/screen share. Lesson will be recorded and a video of the lesson will be sent for future use.

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    Physical copy of the new album (autographed), + Digital copy of the new album, + ALL 3 UNRELEASED Desert Dwellers Remix Albums (digital), + Physical Copy of upcoming DownTemple Dub Remixed album (autographed), + 3 previous Desert Dwellers releases (digital)

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    Limited Edition Desert Dwellers T-Shirt, Physical copy of the new album (autographed), + Digital copy of the new album, + ALL 3 UNRELEASED Desert Dwellers Remix Albums (digital), + Physical Copy of upcoming DownTemple Dub Remixed album (autographed), + 3 previous Desert Dwellers releases (digital)

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    Limited Edition Desert Dwellers T-Shirt, Personal thank you in the liner notes of the new album, Physical copy of the new album (autographed), + Digital copy of the new album, + ALL 3 UNRELEASED Desert Dwellers Remix Albums (digital), + Physical Copy of upcoming DownTemple Dub Remixed album (autographed), + 3 previous Desert Dwellers releases (digital)

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    Exclusive Remix by Desert Dwellers of a song of your choice from the new album! Be on the guest list when we play next near your home town. Personal thank you in the liner notes of the new album, Physical copy of the new album (autographed), + Digital copy of the new album, + 1 UNRELEASED Desert Dwellers Remix Album (digital), + 3 previous Desert Dwellers releases (digital)

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    Exclusive Remix by Desert Dwellers of a song of your choice from the new album! Limited Edition Desert Dwellers T-Shirt. Be on the guest list when we play next near your home town and have dinner with us as well (our treat). Personal thank you in the liner notes of the new album. Physical copy of the new album (autographed), + Digital copy of the new album, + ALL 3 UNRELEASED Desert Dwellers Remix Albums (digital), + Physical Copy of upcoming DownTemple Dub Remixed album (autographed), + ENTIRE CATALOG of past Desert Dwellers releases (digital)

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    Private DJ set by 1 Desert Dwellers member at a location of your choosing within North America. Executive Producer credits in the liner notes of the new album. Physical copy of the new album (autographed), + Digital copy of the new album, + ALL 3 UNRELEASED Desert Dwellers Remix Albums (digital), + Physical Copy of upcoming DownTemple Dub Remixed album (autographed), + ENTIRE CATALOG of past Desert Dwellers releases (digital)

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    Private concert by full Desert Dwellers band at location of your choosing within North America. Exclusive Remix by Desert Dwellers of a song of your choice from the new album! Limited Edition Desert Dwellers T-Shirt, Executive Producer credits in the liner notes of the new album. Physical copy of the new album (autographed), + Digital copy of the new album, + ALL 3 UNRELEASED Desert Dwellers Remix Albums (digital), + Physical Copy of upcoming DownTemple Dub Remixed album (autographed), + ENTIRE CATALOG of past (AND FUTURE) Desert Dwellers releases and recorded DJ SETS (digital).

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