Desert Feet started back in 2008 when its founders Damien Thornber and Emily Minchin jumped in a car with their instruments, and took their band The Orphans on its first tour into remote Western Australia. A chance encounter with a community leader led them to visit and perform in Wangkatjungka Community in the Kimberley, where the soul (sole?) of Desert Feet was born. Their music performances and workshops inspired so much joy, cultural transfer and all round good vibes that they were hooked!
After years of hard work, Desert Feet Inc. became a registered charity with Deductible Gifts Recipient status in 2011 – meaning that we can accept donations that are tax-deductible for the donor. We are a Not For Profit Association with a membership and a Management Committee that ensures good governance of the organisation.
Today, we aim to run three dedicated Desert Feet Tours every year into remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, with a custom-built 4WD concert ready recording studio truck. We’ve recorded thousands of hours of music, published 400 songs on our Soundcloud site which have been streamed 123,000 times, released 10 albums for artists we’ve developed, produced over 100 YouTube videos which have been viewed 150,000 times. We have set up Desert Feet Records to produce and release quality music that we record.
Oh the places we’ve been!