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If the festival scene has one thing to take away from 2016 it’s that the boutique festival circuit is a force to be reckoned with. With a capacity big enough to satiate your festival needs, yet small enough to remain personable, it’s no wonder these experiences championed the hearts and minds of many a dance music purveyors. Here in Los Angeles, the Desert Hearts signature brand of parties stood out for their curatorial expertise ranging everywhere from music, to live art, and live performances. Their club shows, and festival at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, set the bar high for the rest of the year, and with the announcement of the return of both their Spring Festival, and City Hearts Tour, it’s clear that 2017 will continue their streak of excellence. To get a better sense of the community, view their 2017 Spring Festival announce video below and be sure to check out the dates for their City Hearts Tour coming to a city near you! Tickets + more information available HERE.

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Following yet another fantastic spring festival earlier this year, the Desert Hearts crew, featuring Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, and Deep Jesus, is back in full force with their Endless Summer Tour. Kicking off on June 17th in Brooklyn, the tour will bring the house, techno, and love ambassadors to a city near you, but if they’re not stopping in your vicinity, it’s definitely worth traveling for as they throw one of the best parties around. Also, if you haven’t been to their festival, this is your chance to get a taste of what you can expect in the fall when they throw their anticipated 4 year anniversary festival in Southern California.

On top of this exciting tour news, Desert Hearts co-founder Lee Reynolds and up-and-comer Machino released their Desert Hearts Records debut EP, Moon Matrix, and it’s been picking up steam as a stand-out addition to the label’s growing catalog of out-there jams. Dive in and get familiar with the chugging techno rhythms, shadowy atmospheres, and hypnotizing synth melodies – you’ll probably hear them on an underground dance floor soon.

Download the EP here.

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Back to reality, or so it seems, after another wildly successful Desert Hearts Spring Festival. The Gotta Dance Dirty crew did that dance floor dirty, with 72 hours of House, Techno, and Love, now in the rear view mirror. After several showers and a lot of naps, we’re ready to unpack the West Coast’s leading boutique festival. Noticeably warmer in the daytime than it’s Fall counterpart yet just as frigid at night, the Spring Festival celebrates the coming of the Vernal Equinox with larger than life day time vibes and interplanetary space travel by night. In other words, it was sprung! Below you’ll find our GDD™ Top 10 Moments (in no particular order) from the Desert Hearts Spring Festival that still have us reeling: Continue Reading

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The famed Desert Hearts Festival is returning April 1st-4th to Los Coyotes Indian Reservation after the wildly successful three year celebration that took place last Winter. We were fortunate enough to catch a minute of co-founder/DJ, Porkchop‘s time to talk shop and find out what has him revved up for the upcoming festivities. After wrapping up a 2.0 version of their City Hearts Tour, he regales us with the highlights while offering up some inspiring words on how to make the most of the impending weekend. Tune in to his Gotta Dance Dirty certified playlist and let the House, Techno, and Love take hold. Continue Reading

With the excitement brewing for the 2016 Desert Hearts Spring Festival, we’re starting to get antsy for the impending lineup announcement, and the weekend’s non-stop debauchery. Lucky for us, the DH crew is easing us through these trying times with their latest record label release from one of their residents, Tara Brooks, and underground stalwart, Brad Hart. The Sophrosyne EP is a hypnotizing and otherworldly tech-house offering with its main song of the same name, and a remix from Just Her, as well as another from Andre Salmon and Chris C. Press play and feel the vibes that have become a staple in West coast festival culture. We can’t wait to hear what else all of these artists and Desert Hearts has in store for this year. Download the EP here.

Tickets for the Desert Hearts Spring Festival are available here.

It was the coldest dance floor that ever was at the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation as 96 hours of House, Techno, and Love warmed you from the inside out. What the weather lacked in warmth was more than made up for with supernova sets from some of the biggest names in underground. Now, the energy is focused on the 13 date City Hearts tour to keep the Desert Hearts vibe alive and it’s sure to warm your winter spirits. Watch the recap above and find out where to catch a groove at a city near you after the jump! Continue Reading

Over the years, Desert Hearts has arisen out of the dust to cultivate a community of devout followers bonded together by House, Techno, & Love. Whether it’s record label, festivals, City Hearts events, or stage takeovers, everything that they do radiates their genuine intentions of bringing transformational experiences to the world through their own, humble means. The driving force behind Desert Hearts is a group of people that are often working behind-the-scenes, in addition to the select DJ/producers who also perform. Two people in that group that happen to do both are Marbs, aka Matt Marabella, and Deep Jesus, aka Ryan Orey.

Originally from Encinitas, California, Marbs is a Desert Hearts resident DJ and graphic designer, as well as the operations manager for their City Hearts events and festivals. Behind the decks, he’s trusted for his typically deeper, darker, and more moody sound that’s often injected with a touch of psychedelic classic rock as an ode to his influences. Much like Marbs, LA-based Deep Jesus has deeper tendencies in his DJ sets and productions, while also working in more melodic elements and many different vibes in one seamless, journey-like package. Aside from his artist work, Deep Jesus takes care of the stage management at the festivals to ensure everything runs smoothly at the helm.

We had the chance to chat with Marbs & Deep Jesus about something that people would be surprised to hear about them, what Desert Hearts means to them, their top artists to watch in 2016, and of course, what they like to drink, amongst many other things. Head after the jump to read the full conversation, but as you do so, be sure to press play on Marbs’ fantastic Beating Hearts YIN 01 mix that marks the launch of his new mix series that he describes with his own words here:

“Life is all about balance. There is no light without darkness, there is no day without night, there is no good without bad … the yin and the yang. This mix explores these concepts and inspired me to start a mix series based on the yin and yang theory of life. The first edition to this series explores sounds that I love, but if you were to remove these tracks out of the mix and compare them to each other most would sound totally different emotionally. I think there’s something beautiful about that. This one leans more towards the Yin side of the theory … a little dark, a little earthy, deep, and great for winter weather. At the same time you will find beauty, light, and calmness within it. It has everything from deep house, techno, and rock to everything in-between. This is why the yin and yang theory inspired me to begin a series of mixes to express the various types of sounds I love so much and how they are all related to each other. I hope you enjoy the first edition <3″ – Marbs

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Over the past week or so, Mikey Lion & Bengal‘s The Big Cats EP has been a go-to release to keep the good vibes strong. Each of the three tracks on the EP offer unique elements, but the refined, stripped-down grooves are a common thread throughout it, and they pack a mean punch. Both Mikey and Bengal are ambassadors of tech-house, and they continue to cement their standing amongst the top up-and-coming acts in the underground. Whether or not you’re heading out to Desert Hearts this weekend, this EP should satisfy your need to get down. Enjoy and download above.

Back in August, LA’s Lonely Boy made the trek out to the infamous desert gathering known as Burning Man. In the midst of heavy dust storms and other performances at sound camps across the playa, this Desert Hearts-affiliated talent graced the decks at Pink Mammoth, and he threw down an excellent 1 hour+ set chock-full of funky tech-house and more. Listen above and feel the vibe that Lonely Boy is well-respected for.

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Desert Hearts just keeps on getting better. As expected, the infamous San Diego-based crew and festival brand have put together their biggest lineup to date featuring the Dirtybird don, Claude VonStroke, minimal techno pioneer, Marc Houle, UK legend, Eddie Richards, burgeoning tech-house maven, Olivier Giacomotto, Barcelona’s Dance Spirit, and London’s jozif, amongst the Desert Hearts DJs Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, Deep Jesus, and more. After attending this festival twice, I can say with confidence that it is one of the best transformational festivals around, not only because of the world-class house & techno talent, but also because of love and energy that Desert Hearts pours into each aspect of the event to ensure attendees have an outstanding experience. This 3rd year anniversary sees the festival growing to 100 hours of music, in addition to yoga, healing, art, fire dancers, and more, so be prepared for the all day and all night madness at the always wonderful Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Buy tickets here.