There’s something magical about walking into the middle of a indian reservation, specifically, the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, where people are wearing fur coats and rainbow like sequins with leather gear in abundance. Why you might ask? Well, it is Desert Hearts after all and it wouldn’t be a Desert with temperatures hitting high 70’s during the day and high 30’s at night. With pulsing Techno beats for 100 hours straight, you don’t really know what you are getting yourself into until you are there embracing the mantra that is House, Techno, and love.
This one is always a given but part of the Desert Hearts magic is catching a set in the evening, during sunrise, morning time, and even sunset. The music never really stops so you shouldn’t either and if you are pacing yourself with all variables of the elements you can keep yourself going until Monday afternoon when the music finally stops. You can do this. I believe in you.
It’s refreshing to see the Desert Herts crew (Miley Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop) embrace a very nomadic take on what is a modern day musical experience. Even with the potential of selling out, which usually happens, they keep the vibes intimate which allows for people to connect with the music as much as the DJ creating an experience that surpasses the typical festival one. One stage. One vibe. Get used to it.
Culture is not something that necessarily exists in live musical realms but Desert Hearts has a foundation built on a strong family culture and true ethics. Even if you show up alone to the fest, everyone present is your friend. This community thrives on friendship and giving back to everyone, so the next person you meet might have a camp dedicated to giving away water or snacks meanwhile your next friend has wine bags for days. You just never know. Go with the flow and you just might guarantee yourself a one way ticket back into the world of Desert Hearts.
Beyond The Music
“Transformational” is always a subjective thing because do you really need a festival to encounter a transformational experience? Although they do not directly refer to themselves as “transformational” there is a lot of elements that in combination may reciprocate that; including radical self reliance, open self expression, packing in and packing out, going off the grid, and really embodying the entire experience for what it is.
This my friends, is Desert Hearts.