DESERT HEARTS Continues to Inspire and Recharge Your Spirit!

The 8th Desert Hearts festival took place this past weekend at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. The festival centers itself around music, art, good vibes, and spiritual healing. It has gained a good festival reputation by being such an open community that focuses on enjoying life through music and art. Also, since this event is off grid, it is known as an amazing place to disconnect from society and recharge your spirit. The festival has been growing more and more with every event. This spring festival was it’s biggest yet. The crew was still able to keep it intimate and keep the vibe that the festival has been known for.

IMG_6212This was my first Desert Hearts and I was more than excited to attend. I had been prepping for a few weeks. Part of going to camping music festivals is the mental preparation that takes place weeks in advance. It leads to the excitement and I always consider festival prep part of the experience. It was just Lily (WOLFshoes of OthermusiC) and myself (Ms. Indigo Jones of OthermusiC), but I was still concerned that we wouldn’t be able to fit everything in the car. Somehow, all the camping supplies did fit into my tiny Honda Civic. After packing the car and 3 hours of driving, we were in a car line waiting to enter the festival grounds. We arrived there well before sunset but the wait for the car line was 2+ hours so by the time we entered in dark.

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CAMPING
When it came to pick a camping spot, there were many areas to choose from. There were even theme camps – Chronic Kava Camp, Native Alien Camp, and the Animal Kingdom. Many of the tents were pitched close together. As the weekend continued, more people entered and the more crowded it became. We ended up pitching a tent close to the parking lot area by the hill. Many people that arrived at the same time did the same thing. This was because it was less crowded and easier to manage the transportation of camping supplies from the car to the campsite. Our site offered ample room and was far enough from the crowd but close enough that we could still hear the bass and screams from the dance floor.

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THE PEOPLE
Upon setting up the camp, we were greeted and welcomed by our neighbors. They were both so cheery and positive that I could have talked to them for hours. I would have too but I had to set up the tent first. The next day I was able to meet more of our neighbors who were full of festival spirit and ready to interact with everyone and anyone.

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Over on the dance floor the vibes were even friendlier! I was hugged so many times by random strangers. One man even came up to me and told me that he wished that I had the best weekend of my entire year. There was never one sad face on the dance floor. Everyone respected each other’s space and connected with each other on a personal level. Each person’s positivity made the event special but their creative outfits also facilitated in making the festival feel like an open, carefree, and respectful environment.

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ART, YOGA, & WORKSHOPS
There are many aspects that make Desert Hearts it’s own community. In addition to the music and friendly atmosphere, the Desert Hearts crew recognizes that art, yoga, and spiritual healing are essential in order to be connected with each other and the universe. Throughout the main area there were artists working on beautiful and colorful paintings. Some of the art was playful and others glowed in the dark. As you walked to the floor to dance, you would see all of the art. There was even free art being given away.

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The workshops and yoga took place off to the side near the parking lot. You could still hear the music but it was away from the crowd. Both yoga and the workshops took place from 10am to 7pm. So many different types of yoga classes were offered. It ranged from sacred roots, to galactivated, to soul searching, to vinyasa flow, to cuddle yoga.

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Right next to the yoga tent was the Shaman Sound Sessions with Nico. Crystals were placed around the participant as he/she laid down. Nico then proceeded to use the rhythm of a drum to heal the participant. I wasn’t able to part-take in this or stay long enough to observe what fully occurred during each session but I will say it did look extremely soothing.

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There were many interesting workshops offered too. There were classes on experiencing true transformation, shamballa healing, hooping, hooking up without hang-ups, and more. Some classes were in high demand so they repeated in the following day so that everyone had a chance to go. One of the most in demand and intriguing workshops was the sound healing. Everyone gathered around the dome, laid on the floor, closed their eyes and listened to the relaxing sounds. Time flies when you are at peace.

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THE MUSIC
Desert Hearts stayed true to their promise of 72 hours of non-stop techno. The musical roster included Super Flu, Butch, Joyce Muniz, Dance Spirit, DJ Harvey, the Desert Hearts crew and many more. There was one stage only, as it has always been in the past. This is intended so that everyone remains connected as both one force and one family. Everything was carefully curated to hold true to the Desert Hearts mantra, “We are all Desert Hearts.”

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It’s difficult to only spotlight select artists because each set brought such a strong and positive energy to the dance floor. At night, the dance floor was packed with attendees dancing the weekend away. If people weren’t on the dance floor, they were either dancing with their friends on the speakers or dancing on stage behind the artists. The sound system was perfect for the festival. Not once was the music too low. It echoed throughout the festival grounds so that no matter where you camped, even in the parking lot, you could always hear the music. In a way in made it so that you never left the stage.

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On Friday night going into Saturday, Joyce Muniz heated up a packed dance floor. Following her was supposed to be a much anticipated live set from Extrawelt. They were going to use vintage analog equipment for their performance. Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication issue, they were not able to play. Dance Spirit rang in Saturday with their refreshing sunrise set. Sunrise sets aren’t for the weak of heart. They are for the hardcore attendees. The majority of these people have been dancing all night so sunrise sets are meant to provide a softer and steady groove to enter the day. Dance Spirit did just that. Their set had me feeling like I was driving down PCH on a sunny day with my windows down and the wind in my hair. At noon, DJ Harvey took the decks and gave us a little disco. Jozif was up next and he coordinated his set with a fashion show that took place on the dance floor. The fashion show captured all the creative festival outfits that people enjoy putting together. Shortly following the fashion show, there was also a wine and cheese party on the dance floor.
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*photo by Lily Colovic

From late Saturday afternoon into the evening, the Desert Hearts crew consisting of Mikey Lion, Deep Jesus, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porkchop dominated the stage with 2-hour set each. Justin Campbell and Sabo provided the Sunday morning tunes. Both delivered amazing sets that were spot-on for daytime dance floor fun.

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By the time Super Flu came on, the attendees were rested up and ready to pack the dance floor again. It remained full from there on out, especially since it was the last night. We had to get back to reality so we couldn’t stay for all of Sunday night but from many recounts I have heard and read, Lonely Boy, Fritz Carlton, and Treavor Moontribe all delivered sets that made the last night unforgettable.

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Article by Dominica Murillo
Photos by Dominica Murillo and Lily Colovic

INTERVIEW: Marbs Talks Art & Desert Hearts

WOLFshoes and Ms. Indigo Jones speak with Marbs. He is in charge of the Desert Arts program, creates the Desert Hearts Records album artwork and he will also be DJing at the Spring edition of Desert Hearts happening April 1 – 4, 2016 at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation.

For tickets and more info visit www.deserthearts.us.

#DesertHeartsTakeover – Episode 128: Playlist 3/22/2016

During tonight’s episode we had the opportunity to interview Marbs from the Desert Hearts Crew. We will be posting the interview on our soundcloud tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Artist – Song Title (* indicates new release)

Mikey Lion – A Taste of Desert Hearts Mix from Soundcloud

Joyce Muniz – Footworks*

Fritz Carlton – Like This

Super Flu & Viktor Talking Machine – Plastik

Latmun – Once Again

Onionz – Spaceslave

YokoO, Morgan – Spiraling

Lonely Boy – Don’t You Think

 

 

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Desert Hearts Spring Festival April 1-4, 2016

This Tuesday (3/22) we are doing a special Desert Hearts Takeover show and  giving away 1 pair of tickets to Desert Hearts Spring Festival happening on April 1st-4th, 2016 at the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation located in Warner Springs, CA. The lineup features  Superflu, Extrawelt, Jozif, Siopis, Atish, HeartThrob, Manik, DJ Harvey, and Fritz Carlton as well as the Desert Hearts crew – Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, and DEEP JESUS. The event is 21+. Tune in from 10pm – 12am PT for your chance to win!

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Desert Hearts Releases Spring Festival Lineup with Superflu, Extrawelt, Jozif, Atish, Manik, Butch and More!


Following their City Hearts Winter is Coming tour, the Desert Hearts crew is ready to ring in the new season with their Spring Festival. For those who have never been, it’s one stage with a bangin’ non-stop groove. The 21+ event is set to take place at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation and tickets are selling out fast. Superflu, Extrawelt, Jozif, Siopis, Atish, HeartThrob, Manik, DJ Harvey, and Fritz Carlton are among the 37 artists that are set to take the stage April 1-4. You can also expect our dearly beloved Desert Hearts crew to be taking decks as well. This impressive lineup has us getting our dance shoes ready and our hearts racing.

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Check out this warm up mix for Desert Hearts Spring 2016 that Mikey Lion just put out today for free download.

 

City Hearts – Keeping Your Soul Warm in the Winter

For many of us in Southern California, the festival season concluded in early November with the winter installment of Desert Hearts.  Lucky for us, the Desert Hearts crew decided to keep the festival vibes strong through the winter season by announcing their second City Hearts – Winter is Coming Tour.

The first stop on the tour was at LA’s very own Belasco Theater this past Saturday night. Before walking in, we were presented with a beautiful metal Desert Hearts necklace. The crew decided to give away DH necklaces to the first 300 people to enter the event. Nothing says, “welcome to the Desert Hearts family,” than receiving one of their iconic DH necklaces. We went straight to the main floor and the vibes were strong. Everywhere you looked there was a special something happening that was absolutely captivating.

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A giant multi-colored heart encompassed the DJs with a beautifully lit up CITY HEARTS sign below them. The stage production was similar to that of the festival. On both sides of the stage were platforms where some performed light shows and where others just danced their little booties off until 4am. Throughout the night, aerial performers took to the stage, soaring high above the DJs and crowd. Also hanging high above, were the on-screen visuals. They were well thought out, artfully done, and just as mesmerizing as the beats and the aerial performers.

As you looked in the crowd, you could see that the attendees did not treat Belasco as just another venue. They treated it as their (festival) home in the city. Many of the people were decked out in their festival gear and smiles. There were even totems. Yes, totems… in a small LA venue. They were official Desert Heart Totems and there were many for you to choose from. The DH crew brought them and set them against the walls for the crowd. Paintings and live art also lined the walls on the sides and in the back.  The art was psychedelically spiritual and some of the most iconic art pieces were also screen printed on sweatshirts.

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The tone set by the steady house and techno beats blended with the positive attitude of the crowd resulted in those iconic Desert Hearts vibes that everyone talks about. The set times for the night were:
9 Desert Hearts Crew
11 Lee Reynolds
12 Porkchop
1 MikeyLion
2 Marbs
3 Deep Jesus

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Per usual, each DJ brought their personal style to the dance floor but kept the vibe steady. My personal favorite for the night was Lee Reynolds. He truly helped set the tone for the night and gave the dance floor that “home sweet home” feeling that all music lovers continuously search for. By the time Porkchop took the decks, the back of the stage was filled with people.  Throughout the entire night the dance floor was never empty, and the groove was never-ending.

Ultimately, this night was just what you needed to keep your soul warm and cozy in the winter. If the City Hearts tour is making stop near you, you owe it to yourself to go.

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Article by Dominica Murillo
Photos by Lily Colovic

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Desert Hearts Presents City Hearts Winter is Coming Tour Dec. 5, 2015

This Tuesday (12/1) we are giving away tickets to the City Hearts: Winter is Coming Tour happening December 5 at the Belasco. The Desert Hearts crew will be performing, including Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, DEEP JESUS and special guests. Tune in from 10pm – 12am PT for your chance to win!

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City Hearts: Winter is Coming
December 5, 2015
Belasco (Los Angeles, CA)
Doors 9:00PM
21+

#DesertHearts – Episode 108: Playlist 11/3/2015

Artist – Song Title (* indicates new release)

Mikey Lion, Bengal – Like That*

Mikey Lion, Bengal – Big Cats Groove*

Kevin Anderson, Mikey Lion – Set Me Free

Plastikman – Headcase (Marc Houle Remix)

Michael Rosa – Sound Engineer (David Scuba Remix)*

Lonely Boy – Don’t You Think (Bengal’s Mojave Mix)

J.Phlip – Say My Name

Bells & Whistles – Toes (Jozif Let Her Out Remix)

Monophonics – Promises (Davy James Remix)

Lonely Boy – Everything

Mr. C – Im Gonna Give You Some (Dance Spirit & David Scuba Remix)

Anthony Middleton – Controllin Things (Dance Spirit Nocturnal Behaviour Remix)

Exon Bacon & DkA – Bassick (Andreas Henneberg Remix)*

Michael Rosa – Sound Engineer (Butane Remix)*

Lonely Boy – The Subtle Frenzy

Sabo – Techno Thriller Edit

Machino – Escalofrios*

Machino – Love Fuzz*

INTERVIEW: Mikey Lion Talks House, Techno & Desert Hearts

This past Tuesday (10/27) WOLFshoes and Ms. Indigo Jones spoke with Mikey Lion, one of the founders of the Desert Hearts record label and festival. They discussed the upcoming 3 year anniversary Desert Hearts festival happening November 5-9 at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. The festival will feature 100 hours of non-stop house and techno. “House, techno and love we are all Desert Hearts.” — Mikey Lion

For Desert Hearts tickets visit www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/960175.

#Desert Hearts & #Mikey Lion – Episode 107: Playlist 10/27/2015

Artist – Song Title (* indicates new release)

Porkchop – Live @ Desert Hearts

Mikey Lion & Bengal – Like That*

Mikey Lion & Bengal – Big Cats Groove*