damon and yidam

Chillumafia is a collective from Poland & India started by DJs Damon & Yidam in 2005.

Damon started spinning records in the mid 90s being involved in the acid techno/hard energy scene (and later nu school breaks and goa trance) in Poland. Moving to Chicago in 2000 he connected to the sound oozing out of the West Coast. The slow breaks resonating on the Playa@Burning Man defined a shift to the downtempo psychedelic spectrum. In 2005 he met Yidam from India and Robyo from the States both chillout DJs. The three of them started playing back to back at parties in the Midwest. Being notorious for their opinion on sound and spinning darker heavier dubby sounds on the chill stage they started being referred to as the Chillumafia. Of course the name stuck and the organizers included the Chillumafia affiliation.

In 2006-2008, they gigged in clubs, at outdoor gatherings and festivals like Gaian Mind, AUM Festival and Burning Man. In 2008, Damon returned to Poland and Yidam to India but the Chillumafia connection remained strong. They played in their respective countries with Damon headlining chill stages across Eastern Europe ending with playing at Ozora Festival in 2009. Yidam started focusing on the production aspect of sound and jamming with local musicians. The duo met thrice in the next three years pushing the taste range with each gig. Chillumafia evolved beyond chill out into glitcher forms of dance friendly electronica.

2012 was the next big step. Finally ready with the first wave of production material the tour included tabla player Soumya Shankar Roy performing with The Chillumafia. They played in India, Poland and Germany ending with a 4 hour morning set at the Ambient Source stage at Boom Festival in Portugal.

Chillumafia sound today is a mix of hedonistic grooves from the West and chill beats from the East expressed with a range of styles from ambient to dance, from traditional to futuristic, bringing remixes, live production and guest musicians into the sound system.

Past Festival Bookings:

Goa Dupa (Poland) – 2012, 2013, 2015
Eden Festival (UK) – 2015
Rezonance (South Africa) – 2015
Boom (Portugal) – 2012, 2014
Magica (Goa) – 2014
Cypel Trzech Kultur (Poland) – 2013
Earthdance (India) – 2012
Universal Religion (Nepal) – 2012
Kalachakra (Poland) – 2011, 2012
Mystika (Slovakia) – 2011
Go:Madras (India) – 2010
Chvatimech (Czech Republic) – 2010
Monkey Forest (Poland) – 2010
9 Feet High (India) – 2009
O.Z.O.R.A. (Hungary) – 2009
Gemini (USA) – 2008
Shanti Jatra (Nepal) – 2007, 2008
Gaian Mind (USA) – 2007, 2008
A.U.M (USA) – 2006
Earthdance (USA) – 2006, 2007, 2008
Crystal Sky (USA) – 2006
Sacred Earth (USA) – 2006, 2008, 2010
Burning Man (USA) – 2004, 2005, 2007