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 journalist, DJ and yoga instructor, he is the Creative Director of the Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music. He has published six books, and has contributed to dozens of magazines and websites regarding the traditional and digital realms of global music, yoga and health, including Women’s Health, Yoga Journal, National Geographic, Rolling Stone Middle East, Departures, AOL, MTV, Huffington Post, the Village Voice and Relix.
Derek is one half of global music producers EarthRise SoundSystem, which creates innovative contexts for 21st century music and cultures to be explored. The duo’s debut album, The Yoga Sessions, reached #5 on the iTunes World charts, and has helped to introduce the American yoga community to a new way of exploring yogic movement through global sounds. He is the creator of EarthRise Yoga, which he has taught at Equinox Fitness since 2004, where he co-founded the Sacred Strength EarthRise Yoga School in 2008. Derek’s yoga classes and music have been featured by NBC Weekend Today, ABC Eyewitness News, Fox Business, BBC, and NY1, as well as in print and online by Fitness, Yoga Journal, Boston Globe, AOL’s Spinner, Newsday, MTV, NPR, and PRI.
Alongside David ‘Duke Mushroom’ Schommer in EarthRise SoundSystem, they have remixed a number of internationally recognized artists, including Watcha Clan, Femi Kuti, Novalima, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Nickodemus, MC Yogi, Deva Premal and more. In 2010, he produced InnerVersions: A Six Degrees Yoga Compilation on Six Degrees Records, and has previously produced albums by Vieux Farka Toure and on Australia’s One World Music. He also tours internationally with GlobeSonic Sound System alongside Fabian Alsultany and Bill Bragin. Beres is a regular guest at the legendary Turntables on the Hudson parties, and was a resident DJ of Kollektiv with Karsh Kale. In New York he has DJ’d at Irving Plaza, Cielo, SOB’s, Nublu, Joe’s Pub, Nokia Theater, Webster Hall, Kush and countless others. Over the years he has performed alongside Jamiroquai, Ojos De Brujo, Sidestepper, Brazilian Girls, Yerba Buena, Antibalas, Cheb i Sabbah and more. He also served as the Music Supervisor for the breakthrough documentary, ‘DMT: The Spirit Molecule.’