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The same music doesn’t work for everyone. We all come across that song that makes us say “Seriously. What the hell is this?” But you know what, SOMEONE out there likes that song. And that someone might say the same thing about a song you absolutely love. Like with everything, we all have our own tastes, which is why the Indie Dojo is the perfect solution. Skip through the ones you hate and repeat all the ones you do. There is something out there for everyone and if not in this week’s, there is always next.
For some, the gathering of like-minded, free-spirited individuals in the forest for 4 days of non-stop music, workshops, speakers, and art is enough to transform the soul. To show you another way to live, a more enriched, fulfilled way of seeing the possibilities all around us. But for others, this is not enough. To satisfy the desires of a diverse crowd, Enchanted Forest doesn’t stop there. They bring some of the most unique attributes of the festival scene into play, including a liberating #freethenipple campaign, 24-hour shower parties, a 100 percent alcohol-free experience, and a “Save The Planet” charity initiative with Cadence & Cause, where you can win 2 all-inclusive tickets to the festival simply by donating.
To top it off, Enchanted Forest brings with them some of the most well know and carefully selected musicians the festival space has to offer. Including a fascinating 8 member Qawwali group called Fanna Fi Allah.
Qawwali music is something that most of us from the festival world have never heard of. It is a cultural phenomenon in South Asia and has been around for almost a thousand years, so why are we introduced to it now?
We sat down with their founder Tahir to ask a few questions of this uniquely inspiring band before heading into the forest.
TMN: So, how long have you guys been around and where do you play most of your music?
Tahir: We have been touring for 16 years and actually only play about 5% of our music at American festivals. Most is spent in Pakistan, India, and the Punjabi cultures in South Asia and the Middle East.
In the midst of all the chaos, music sometimes provides a little relief, even if only temporary. Sometimes it’s necessary to kick back, relax and lose yourself in some indie goodness for a while. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Hit play on the Indie Dojo and let your mind travel to a more peaceful place, wherever that may be.
For some of us, the harsh reality of the end of a long weekend will hit us really hard today. May we suggest easing into it with a new Indie Dojo? We know it’s not another day off, but it’s definitely better than nothing.
Around the same time our wandering minds bring us to visions of roaring campfires on warm summer nights, witnessing a circle of friends passing cold beers and a bottle of bourbon, we start wondering when those heart-warming, picture-perfect folk songs will come along to provide the perfect soundtrack for those legendary experiences. Sometimes we find them before the sun peeks its head through the grey blanketed skies of winter. Sometimes they pop up right before fall, making us wish we could have had it that much earlier. Today, we’re experiencing one of those tracks, and it’s coming in at just the right time.
Releasing just a month ago, Tom Speight’s “Falling” is an endearing indie folk gem that leaves listeners wonderfully inspired, casually calculating their next adventure. Set to the backdrop of subtle finger-picking, larger-than-life strings, and rhythmic claps, it will carefully crawl under your skin, leaving you beaming, toothy grin spread across your face.
Beyond just the track, we also have an exclusive first look at the music video, which features April Pearson (Skins) and David Atkins (Hollyoaks). Take a gander below, then start making plans for one of those epic summer adventures.
Smoky Mountain Angel (Of Doom)’