Earthrise Soundsystem biography
EarthRise SoundSystem is the artistic and live team of DJ/writer/yogi Derek Beres and producer/percussionist Duke Mushroom. Blending Duke's Award nominated production style (Bole 2 Harlem) and Derek's expansive vision of Global Beat Fusion, this duo has paired up to explore common cultural and sonic ground and create unique soundscapes, equally at home in the yoga studio or club and lounge. When the two ERSS members first joined together to remix a song by popular mantra singer Deva Premal, they set out to create a new paradigm as to what ‘yoga music’ meant. The result was a percussively rich, organically spacious and dubby soundscape. This approach laid the foundation for their full length album, The Yoga Sessions (Yoga Organix: January 1, 2010), a collection of 21st century electronically inspired yet organically grown original music that will redefine one’s notions of “yoga music.” The duo is well versed in numerous styles, and have amassed quite a roster of remix assignment from the likes of Vieux Farka Toure, Nickodemus, Watcha Clan, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Kaya Project, Novalima, MC Yogi, and Laya Project.
Derek Beres is one of the leading figures in international music in America, active in numerous facets of the industry, from journalist and DJ to producer and presenter. He has written five books, contributing to dozens of magazines regarding the traditional and digital realms of global music. He has also toured internationally, spinning alongside some of the most important figures in the scene today. He was a resident DJ of Kollektiv with Karsh Kale for nine months, and is one of the DJ members of the groundbreaking GlobeSonic Entertainment. He regularly DJs at Turntables on the Hudson, and has spun alongside the likes of Jamiroquai, Ojos de Brujo, Konono No 1, and many others. He is the producer of three albums, including a remix record of Malian artist Vieux Farka Toure, and a forthcoming mixed CD on Six Degrees Records.
Duke Mushroom is a platinum-selling producer, writer, and versatile musician. Duke has written and produced with artists as varied as the Baha Men, Carole King, Cooler Kids, Nile Rogers and Chic, Donna Summer, Cyndi Lauper, and Micheal Tolcher, before recording his groundbreaking foray into Global Sound, "BOLE 2 HARLEM." As one-half of the production team PopRox, he remixed tracks for Method Man, Montell Jordan, Sisqo, DMX, and Bob Marley among others. Besides being one of the original performing Cast members of Stomp!, his percussion credits include Gloria Estefan, Janet and Michael Jackson, Die Warsaw, and Cher, as well as playing on over 50 other records for the likes of Roger S, Tony Moran, Masters at Work, Static Revenger, and Erick Morillo. He has also scored several films, including “Accepted,” as well as the 2008 IDA winning documentary, “A Walk To Beautiful.” His songs and productions have been licensed in over 40 films and TV shows as well as numerous commercials.