Quality tech-house EDM shows in Boulder can be tough to find. But Thursday at Boulder Theater, four DJs hailing from San Diego will aim to scratch that itch.
Desert Hearts record label artists Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs and Porky are rolling into town with the wind at their backs, as they've each blown up in the electronic music scene in the past several years. According to Resident Adviser, calling their sound and production value top-notch, in a May review, the online music magazine wrote that the group has "carved out a dedicated cult following from an audience of ravers, Buring Man regulars and West Coast hippies."
"It's our outlet for being able to put creative expression out to the world, all while spreading our message and creating as much love and positive energy as possible," said Mikey Lion.
The scene and vibe behind the Desert Hearts crew and record label is one of family and community. Inspired by the Burning Man scene, the group organized in November 2012 during a renegade party in the Mojave Desert. With just 200 people at the its first event, Desert Hearts watched as its parties doubled in size in each of its next handful of go-arounds.
From there the party only continued — Desert Hearts now tours the country and holds its own music festival every year, two hours north of San Diego at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Its members are still active in the Burning Man scene, too.
"Burning Man 2011 was like taking the veil off for us," said Mikey Lion. "We realized (something like) this is what we wanted to do."
Desert Hearts' four core DJs, all of whom will be in action Thursday, feature real-life brothers Mikey Lion and Porky. Marbs has been their friend since Mikey Lion was in third grade. Lee Reynolds is the most seasoned of the bunch.
"Lee is 20 years older than all of us and can still party us under the table," said Mikey Lion.
The group sticks to the tech-house genre of dance music and all of the subgenres it encompasses.
Still, it's the positive energy that makes the show unique, says Mikey Lion.
"The whole culture of Desert Hearts is the more you put in, the more you get out," he said. "It creates this vibe that's unlike anything else."
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