Derek Beres has devoted his life to exposing people to international music, yoga, mythology and global cultures as a means of creating better individuals and a more informed society. A multi-faceted journalist, 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. 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, including Women’s Health, Yoga Journal, National Geographic, Rolling Stone Middle East, Departures,AOL and MTV. He worked as the Managing Editor of Global Rhythm magazine, and currently writes a weekly column for Big Think, 21st Century Spirituality.
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. 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 has been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, People, Self, Shape, Fitness, Glamour, Yoga Journal, Boston Globe, Newsday, NBC Weekend Today, ABC Eyewitness News, Fox Business, BBC, KTLA, NY1, MTV, NPR, and PRI.
Alongside David ‘Duke Mushroom’ Schommer as EarthRise SoundSystem, Derek has released three albums. 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. Derek tours internationally with GlobeSonic alongside Fabian Alsultany. While living in NYC, Derek was a regular guest at the legendary Turntables on the Hudson parties, as well as a resident DJ of Kollektiv with Karsh Kale. 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.
Alongside writer Dax-Devlon Ross he founded Outside the Box Publishing in 2005. Among the company’s publications are Derek’s Rise of the Sun People, Sound Against Flame: The Process of Yoga and Atheism in America, Global Beat Fusion: The History of the Future of Music, Tangled Web: The Best Music Tour You Never Heard Of, Mysterious Distance, a novel, and a book of essays co-written with Ross, A Staircase of Words: Volume 1.
Regarding his work, kirtan master Krishna Das said, “Derek Beres is part reporter and part prophet standing in the middle of the eye of the World Music storm that is raining new musical genres on the Earth today, each one fused by the love of song and spirit.” Daniel Pinchbeck stated, “Derek Beres is a terrific writer whose work is replete with penetrating insights and gem-like details … Beres adds a unique perspective to our cultural mix, and Sound Against Flame deserves to reach a large audience.”
Beres is a powerful and animated speaker; his many appearances include both editions of the progressive Mythic Journeys conference in Atlanta, as well as colleges such as Harvard, the University of Alabama and NYU.
In 2001 Beres co-founded EarthRise Arts alongside painter Craig Anthony Miller, and their Infusion parties are known to blur the lines between music venue, art gallery and theatrical performance. In the world of theater, his play Burning Trees was featured in 2002’s Hip-Hop Theater Festival, produced by Danny Hoch.
A 1997 graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Religion, Beres entwines the mythological with the modern, showing how digital music is the first true global folk music as artists everywhere employ computers in their sonic creations. As NPR stated, Global Beat Fusion “is not a book about music alone. It’s about a growing worldwide community that’s searching for shared experience without politics or corporate involvement. And it could fill many different slots on the bookshelf.”