AVANI (Tyler Blank) first started DJing at Ecstatic Dance Oakland, a few months after he created the dance there in 2008... though he had been making mix tapes, CDs, and playlists long before that. He accepted the name Avani (Sanskrit for Earth) when he became a Sannyasin (Seeker of Truth) during his time with the Osho Community in Pune, India, in 2013 (where he often DJ'd dances at the ashram). Before that, he had DJd under the names Blank Tape, Mr. Blank, and Tabla Rasa.
AVANI often treats each of his Music Journeys (DJ sets) as a Human Life. 90 Years of Life can represented in 90 Minutes of Music. Every Emotion should be explored in the Journey of Music, just as in the Journey of Life. All Tempos are to be experienced in the Journey, all Rhythms danced, and all Genres of Music available to be embodied.
You will find AVANI DJing almost exclusively at Ecstatic Dances around the world. This is partly because he helped spread the popularity of Ecstatic Dance through the Non Profit he runs: Ecstatic Dance Community (www.EcstaticDance.org), and also because nowhere else do people show up completely dedicated to the Movement generated from the Sound Journey. It is a unique opportunity for Transformation, Understanding, and Insight, and is a profound container for Healing like no other.
AVANI's Music Journeys are true to the vision and scope of Ecstatic Dance, in that they defy traditional 1 tempo and 1 genre structures of many Music Producers, and instead embrace the All Tempo, All Genre Music available to the DJ. Music for Ecstatic Dance gives Birth to us from Ambient Dreamscapes of our Gestation, into the soft Downtempo sweetness of Infancy... Childhood curiosity gently explores Life after Innocence, and our Youth steadily grows into stronger and stranger Emotional Realms, into the experiencing of our Sexuality, into our Strength and Mobility... and gradually maturing into Adulthood, and the steady responsibility it often entails. This can lead into a Mid-Life Crisis of Chaos, and a Return to Infancy, Childhood, or Youth... before Building back into Maturity, and eventually into the Wisdom our Golden Years, looking back fondly on the past, and it's remixes of the good old days... before finally resting in the Peaceful Stillness of Death, and the Great Beyond... only to be Reborn again another Day (and Another Dance).