EarthRise SoundSystem is the artistic and live team of DJ/writer/yogi Derek Beres and producer/percussionist David "Duke Mushroom" Schommer.
Beres and Schommer originally met in New York City, and paired up to explore common cultural and sonic ground and create unique soundscapes that work equally well in the yoga studio or club and lounge. They have each since relocated to Los Angeles.
The duo’s first record, The Yoga Sessions, went to #5 on the iTunes World chart and was featured in the NY Times, Yoga Journal and the Boston Globe. Their follow-up, the digital-only release Remixes Are Songs Too, compiled a number of their remixes, including takes on Femi Kuti, Vieux Farka Toure, Nickodemus and others, and featured ‘Labyrinths,’ the theme song from the acclaimed documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule.
Rock Beats Paper, released in August 2013, is a wide-ranging, upbeat effort featuring vocals by C.C. White, Lucy Woodward, Kevin Mambo, MC Yogi, Vishal Vaid, Srikala, Davi Vieira, Sheela Bringi, Marti Nikko and more.
Derek Beres has devoted his life to exposing people to international music, yoga and mythology as a means of creating better individuals and a more understanding global culture. A multi-faceted author, DJ and yoga instructor, he is the creator of Flow Play, an innovative Vinyasa-based class that fuses yoga, music and neuroscience, offered nationally at Equinox Fitness locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Boston and Chicago. He has published six books, and has contributed to dozens of magazines and websites regarding the traditional and digital realms of global music, religion, yoga and health, currently writing a weekly column for Big Think, 21st Century Spirituality. Based in Los Angeles, he is on the teacher training faculty at Yogis Anonymous in Santa Monica and Strala Yoga in New York City. He also served as the Creative Director of the Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music. Derek’s yoga classes and music have been featured by the NY Times, People, Self, Shape, Fitness, Yoga Journal, Boston Globe, Newsday, NBC Weekend Today, ABC Eyewitness News, Fox Business, BBC, KTLA, NY1, MTV, NPR, and PRI.
David "Duke Mushroom" Schommer 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 Michael 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.